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November-December 2014, Volume 6, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

National Novel Writing Month

Picture Book Month

South Dakota Statehood: 1889
November 2

Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 2, 2014

Election Day
November 4, 2014

World Science Day
November, 10, 2014

National Young Readers Week
November 10-14, 2014

Veterans Day
November 11, 2014

YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium
November 14-16, 2014

International Games Day
November 15, 2014

National Geography Awareness Week
November 16-22, 2014

American Education Week
November 17-21, 2014

Education Support Professionals Day
November 19, 2014

Educator for a Day
November 20, 2014

Substitute Educators Day
November 21, 2014

National Games and Puzzle Week
November 23-29, 2014

Women's Leadership Institute
December 2-4, 2014

International Day for Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2014

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2014

Christmas Day
December 25, 2014

New Year's Eve
December 31, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
New feature lets you take AncestryLibrary research home

Library Development


Public library photos requested

Rawlins Municipal LibraryDo you want to showcase your library? If you have not seen a picture of your public library in the South Dakota State Library: Digital Collections and have not had one of our staff snap a picture lately, please send us a photo of the front of your library. We would love to help preserve a piece of your community history for all to see.

Pierre Carnegie library
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State Historical Society


Impact Survey shows the importance of tech resources in SD public libraries

Daria Bossman presenting the winners of the iPad drawing

Congratulations to the fourteen public libraries that fielded the Impact Survey. State Librarian, Daria Bossman announced Raven Christman of Lemmon and Brittany Moeller of Dell Rapids as winners of the iPad drawing.

Melanie Argo of Madison Public LibraryA special shout-out goes to Madison Public Library where staff collected 116 surveys from their patrons. Melanie Argo, who was in charge of the survey at Madison, said her goal was to collect 100 responses. The Library promoted the survey through posters, social media postings, the local newspaper, and by word of mouth for everyone who came in to use library computers.

Statewide, a total of 317 people completed the survey. What did we learn about technology services in South Dakota libraries? Here are some of the findings:

  • Library websites get used. 91% of respondents used the library's resources (online catalog, library hours, library account access, and downloadable services) from its website.
  • Make sure your resources are mobile ready. 50% accessed library resources using a mobile device such as a phone, eReader, or tablet computer.
  • Travelers depend on libraries for Internet connectivity. 22% of respondents used another library's computer or Wi-Fi while out of town in the last year.
  • The most popular activities of technology users in libraries are web searches, emailing, using library printers and using computers for social networking.
  • Patrons expect librarians to provide technology assistance. One of the main reasons people used computers in SD libraries was for the help and training they receive from librarians. 56% got one-on-one help from librarians.
  • Library tech services are important. 85% of survey respondents felt that the technology resources their libraries provide are important to the community.

To learn more about the survey results and/or receive a copy of South Dakota Impact Survey results, contact Shawn Behrends,, Data Coordinator.


What's your library worth?

Last year South Dakota spent almost $27 per resident on public libraries. For that we got access to thousands of books, ebooks, audiobooks, free programs, computers and Wi-Fi, help with homework, and safe, inviting spaces to study, visit, and spend time. South Dakota residents received an average value of $128 per capita on these services from their public libraries. That represents a return on investment of $4.73 for every dollar spent on library materials and services. Most people would agree that's a great value!

What is the value of YOUR library to the community? Try out the Library Value Calculator [PDF] on the State Library's website. Librarians, plug in your Public Library Survey data to share the value the economic impact of your library's materials and services with your trustees, commissioners, and local residents. Post the link on your library's website or social media spaces so your patrons can calculate the personal value of the public library.

When you talk about the value of your library, don't forget about other ways the library impacts the economic well-being of your community. Does your library provide business periodicals and resources, and adult learning programming? How many people that come to the library also visit local businesses? What is the educational impact of the library's summer reading program? The library provides employment and supports local business with the goods and services it purchases. These are just a few of the economic benefits of our public libraries.


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