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April 2015, Volume 7, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

School Library Month
Apr. 2015

National Poetry Month
Apr. 2015

"Drop Everything and Read" Month
Apr. 2015

Apr. 5

National Library Week
Apr. 12-18

National Library Workers Day
Apr. 14

National Bookmobile Day
Apr. 15

Celebrate Teen Literature Day
Apr. 16

Money Smart Week®
Apr. 18-25

Preservation Week
Apr. 26- May 2

Children's Day/ Book Day - El día de los niños/ El día de los lobros (Día)Día! Diversity in Action
Apr. 30

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May, 2015

Jewish American Heritage Month
May, 2015

National Inventors Month
May, 2015

Mental Health Awareness Month
May, 2015

National Bike Month
May, 2015

May Day
May 1

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

National Library Legislative Day
May 4-5

Children's Book Week
May 4-10

Cinco de Mayo
May 5

National Teacher Day
May 5

Mother's Day
May 10

National Bike to Work Week
May 11-15

Memorial Day
May 25

Featured e-Resources of the Month
State Library introduces SAGE Knowledge eBooks

library development


South Dakota state government publications used as primary resources

Recently the SD State Library hosted Digging Deeper into Primary Resources, a day for educators, librarians, and others to learn about the abundant number of items students can use.

For those who were not able to attend this excellent online conference, the archive is available at digging deeper for primary

The state library highlighted current and historical SD state government publications that can be used as primary resources. Some examples:

  • Tracking a SD law over the years with SD Codified Law dating back to 1887
  • Comparing 'today' to things in territorial days (i.e. teaching, writing methods, how government was run, inaugural governor speeches then and now) using current and historical reports from the same state agency
  • Statistics and findings on the mountain lion hunting season in SD using reports from Game, Fish, and Parks
  • Comparing state agency annual reports then and now

The state library makes available current state agency reports via the statewide library catalog and in our special digital collections. The state library is digitizing and preserving historical state agency reports, some dating back to territorial days. The online collections can be found at This year we plan to digitize and link historical governor inaugural addresses.

One of the special collections that took a lot of work is the SD Legislative Manuals, commonly known as the Blue Books. This is a comprehensive reference source on state government that is published every two years according to South Dakota Codified Law. The first one in our collection is 1903. The Blue Books contain information on elected state officials, judges, legislators, local and state government administration, a chronology of South Dakota history, and election statistics. Here is the entire collection.


Public Libraries Survey FY2014 closed: Where do all those numbers go?

As you know, the Public Libraries Survey for FY 2014 closed recently. Many thanks to all of the library directors and staff who take the time to submit these reports. Do you ever wonder what happens to the data after you hit the "Submit" button?

When all of the surveys have been collected and reviewed by State Library staff a huge file of the data is assembled and sent to the U.S. Census to be cleaned. Census is the data collection agent for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Census statisticians review every single entry for every individual library — they even read your notes. Really! Then they send back all of the flagged items in an internal edits file for the State Data Coordinator to resolve. That's why you sometimes get a call or email about the survey as late as June or July.

It takes the U.S. Census almost two years to clean up all of the data for more than 9,200 public libraries in the U.S. After that, the data is published and made available on the IMLS website for use by researchers, policymakers, and you. Of course, SD public librarians may access the most current library statistics through the reports tool on their Counting Opinions survey accounts or by contacting Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends,, at the State Library.





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