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October 2014, Volume 6, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

SDLA Annual Conference
October 1-3, 2014

Teen Read Week
October 12-18, 2014

AASL Fall Forum
October 17-18, 2014

National Friends of the Libraries Week
October 19-25, 2013

YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium
November 14-16, 2014

SDLA Legislative Day
January 22, 2014

Featured e-Resources of the Month
SIRS Discoverer enhances elementary research

School Libraries


School libraries recognized for 21st century learning and teaching

Ten school libraries have been recognized by the South Dakota State Library as 21st Century School Libraries for 2014.

The recognition program identifies school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment, both physical and online; programming; and professionalism.

This is the second year of the recognition program for school libraries. Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a two-year period.

Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 17 in Pierre.

Effective Award recipients:

  • Valley View Elementary School, Rapid City; Librarian Jorrie Brandhagen, Administrator Wayne Rosby
  • Wagner Community School, Wagner; Librarian Brenda DeHaan, Administrator Linda Foos
  • West Central High School, Hartford; Librarian DaNann Kistler, Administrator Jeff Danielson

Enhanced Award recipients:

  • Colman-Egan School, Colman; Librarian Angie Sewell, Administrator Scott Hemmer
  • Edison Middle School, Sioux Falls; Librarian Kjerstin Smith, Administrator Steven Griffith

Exemplary Award recipients:

  • Douglas High School, Box Elder; Librarian Kimberly Darata, Administrator Bud Gusso
  • Harrisburg South Middle School, Harrisburg; Librarian Kristi Jones, Administrator Darren Ellwein
  • Madison Central High School, Madison; Librarian Joanne Kallhoff, Administrator Adam Shaw
  • O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls; Librarian Mary G. Johnson, Administrator Kyle Groos
  • West Middle School, Rapid City; Librarian Shelley Rath, Administrator Douglas Foley

To learn more about the recognition program, review 21st Century School Library Award from the State Library's website.


School Library Chats are moving to Twitter

twitterMake sure you have your Twitter account set up and ready to go for the first School Library Twitter Chat on Nov. 6. The topic of the chat will be "Student Learning Objectives in the Library: How's it going?"

The Twitter Chat will begin live at 3 p.m. (MT)/ 4 p.m. (CT). Follow the hashtag #SCHSDSL. Joan Upell (@Wowapi) will be the moderator. The chat will be archived and available for all to view. Watch for the archive link via the school library listserv on Nov. 7.

If you're new to Twitter here's some helpful background information:

Contact Joan Upell at for further help with questions.


Mark your calendars! Attend Regional Meetings to discover career exploration opportunities for all ages

The South Dakota Department of Education's Division of Career and Technical Education is partnering with the State Library to host School Library Regional Meetings during the first week of December. From those "What do you want to be when you grow up?" conversations with pre-school and elementary students to high school Capstone experiences, career exploration is important to guide 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.

The Regional Meetings, hosted at South Dakota's four technical institutes, will serve as a platform to plan for career exploration for all grades. Each meeting will include training on SDMyLife by Regional Career Development Specialists and 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. Participants will also receive a tour of the technical institute. All librarians are encouraged to bring a fellow teacher along to this year's Regional Meetings to open doors to classroom collaboration. Join us for this opportunity to engage in conversations and learn ways to incorporate these resources into library lessons and partnerships with classroom teachers.

Registration details will be available soon. All meetings will be held from 1- 4 p.m. local time.

2014 School Library Regional Meeting Dates/Locations:

  • 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


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