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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

School Libraries


Voting has changed for Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Awards

Big changes have come to voting for the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards. Students will now be able to cast their votes at home, school or the public library. Students can cast the votes themselves, or a parent, teacher or librarian can submit votes on behalf of the student or a group of students. Unlike voting in the past, they will be able to vote for any/all of the books they have read.

Kindergarten through second grade students can vote for Prairie Bud nominees by indicating what books they like and feel would be worthy of receiving the book award selecting "yes". Votes for the Prairie Pasque nominees will be cast using a 3-point rating scale (1 star = The book was okay; 2 stars = I liked this book; 3 stars = I loved this book). Each book award has an online voting ballot that can be used by the student, parent, teacher or either school or public librarians.

Voting is starting on Nov. 1 and will conclude on March 31. Winners will be announced in April during National Library Week. Click here to visit the Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque voting pages. If you have any questions, contact Marta Stirling at


Student Learning Objectives in the library: How's it going?

Reading this headline most likely generated a few questions immediately… such as "How do I know how it's going when I'm not sure what it is? Is my district doing this? Is this about the Common Core? What does this have to do with the library?"

Thousands of South Dakota teachers, including certified school librarians, attended training about student learning objectives (SLOs) this past summer. SLOs are a part of the South Dakota's Commission on Teaching and Learning's model system for teacher evaluation. The system includes a focus on professional practices and a focus on student growth as measured by student learning objectives.

Student growth is the business of every school library. As a member of a school's instructional team, the school librarian co-plans, co-teaches and co-assesses students across the content areas. You'll find an FAQ and other materials on SLOs on the Teacher Effectiveness webpage.

To further discuss SLOs, the topic of the first School Library Twitter Chat will be "Student Learning Objectives in the library: How's it going?" The Chat will begin live on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. (MT)/4:00 p.m. (CT). Follow the State Library's Twitter account @LibrarySD and #SCHSDSL. Joan Upell will be the moderator. If you are unable to participate live watch for the archive link via the school library listserv.

Contact Joan Upell at for further help with questions.


Register now! Discover career exploration opportunities for all ages at Regional Meetings

Career exploration is important for students of all ages. Whether you are having conversations about "What you want to be when you grow up" with pre-school and elementary student or working with high school students as they plan for their futures, librarians can be an important partner in guiding students of all ages as they prepare for college, career, and life. During this year's Regional Meetings you will learn how school libraries can provide a wealth of resources to help students along the way.

This year's Regional Meetings will serve as a platform to plan for career exploration for all grades. School Library Coordinators Marta Stirling and Joan Upell are partnering with Regional Career Development Specialists Kara Schweitzer and Keley Smith-Keller and South Dakota's four technical institutes to provide this opportunity to school librarians. All librarians are encouraged to bring a fellow teacher with them to the Regional Meetings to open doors to classroom collaboration.

Meetings will include training on SDMyLife, a showcase of free online resources provided by the State Library for all grades as they learn about careers, develop skills, and practice for exams, and a tour of the technical institute. Plus, there will be time for exploration and questions, so bring your own laptop, tablet, or other device of your choice. Join us for this opportunity to engage in conversations and learn ways to incorporate these resources into library lessons and partnerships with classroom teachers.

2014 School Library Regional Meeting Dates/Locations: (All meetings will be held from 1-4 p.m. local time.)

  • Dec. 2 - Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls
  • Dec. 3 - Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown
  • Dec. 4 - Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell
  • Dec. 5 - Western Dakota Technical Institute, Rapid City

Wi-Fi will be provided. Attendees will receive three hours of CEU.

South Dakota Department of Education and the South Dakota State Library are using GoSignMeUp for the registration process on our events. You will need to log in or create a free account with GoSignMeUp. For more details about GoSignMeUp, review How Do I Register for a South Dakota Education Course? [pdf]

Please contact Marta Stirling,, 1-800-423-6665, if you have questions or need further information.


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