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June/ July 2014, Volume 6, Issue 5

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

One Book SD

Audiobook Month
June 2014

ALA Annual Conference
June 26-July 1, 2014

ALCTS Annual Conference
June 26–July 1, 2014

Immersion Program – Teacher and Program Tracks
July 20–25, 2014

Teen Blogging Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2014

Library Card Sign-up Month
September 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New e-resources' features made available

Library Headlines


Summer Reading Challenge promotes reading 20 minutes a day

20 minutes every 24 hours 7 days a week

Visit to pledge to read at least 20 minutes every day and create book lists on topics that are interesting to you and at your reading level.

"I pledge to read at least 20 minutes a day,
every day! I am growing my mind!"


SD Titles To Go libraries add Teen eReading room to site

The 79 SD Titles To Go member libraries recently added the Teen eReading room to the SD Titles To Go site. Searching the Teen eReading room will bring up only juvenile or young adult content. All titles indicate reading levels to help students, parents and educators select appropriate titles.

SD Titles To Go Kids' Page and Teen eReading room make it easy to participate in Read!SD, South Dakota's Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Education.

This new service, powered by OverDrive and facilitated by the South Dakota State Library, is free for users with a library card at a participating public library. Library patrons in participating South Dakota communities have access to South Dakota Titles to Go, a collection of more than 10,000 digital titles for children and adults. Rapid City and Siouxland Public Libraries manage their own downloadable audiobook and e-book collections for patrons.

Click here for a complete list of participating public libraries and information about joining the collaborative. Digital titles can be accessed anytime and anywhere there is Internet access. E-book and audiobook loans expire automatically, with no late fees.


Easy and free patron survey helps you gain insight on your library's technology services

Would you like to ask your users directly about computer and Internet services in your library? The Impact Survey is a ready-made survey that can be delivered on your library's public access computers, or it can be accessed from anywhere via a link on the library website. Libraries run the survey for about three weeks to collect the data they need. Computer users spend 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey. Visit the Impact Survey website at for more details.

The State Library encourages all interested public libraries to give the Impact Survey a try. We will have a drawing for a new iPad for one lucky public library that runs the survey between now and July 31. Libraries that complete the survey process between August 1 and September 30 will be entered in a drawing for a second iPad. We encourage libraries to offer smaller prizes to those local citizens who take time to fill out the survey--maybe drawings for ice cream or other small prizes at local businesses? Have a glass bowl next to the computer and draw a name every week (or couple of days).

At the end of the survey you can download a variety of automatically generated materials: reports that analyze the data and customized materials like flyers and slide presentations to share with your community. Use these to make smart decisions about resource allocation and to advocate for support and funding for technology in your library. This great product is available for free only until October 2014. Contact SD State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends, or 605-280-5834, if you have questions.


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