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February 2015, Volume 7, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

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Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 4

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Feb. 7

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Feb. 9

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Feb. 14

President's Day
Feb. 16

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Feb. 17

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Mar. 2

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Library Development


Interlibrary Loan - questions and answers

Over the past few months we have been receiving questions about the South Dakota Library Network and interlibrary loan. We thought we would share some of the questions we have received and our answers.

I have heard that the South Dakota Library Network (SDLN) is going away. What does that mean for my library?

SDLN as it currently exists with many different types of libraries in both full and remote membership status, will change as of July 1, 2016, to an exclusively South Dakota Board of Regents network for just the six regional institutions (Northern State University, Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, The University of South Dakota, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Black Hills State University).

What this means for your library is that:

  • You will no longer have a membership fee to pay
  • You will no longer have ALEPH software to process interlibrary loan requests
  • You will no longer have access to GALE and EBSCO electronic resources that were licensed through SDLN

If I don't have access to ALEPH how will I process interlibrary loan requests?

You will have access to ALEPH software until July 1, 2016, if you continue to pay your membership fee. Until that time, you will continue to process your interlibrary loan requests exactly as you do now.

Beginning July 1, 2016 you will send your interlibrary loan requests through OCLC's WorldCat. It is the same way that you currently request out-of-state interlibrary loans. The instructions can be found at

If you decide to drop your SDLN membership on June 30, 2015 please see the previous paragraph. As stated above, you will send your interlibrary loan requests through OCLC's WorldCat.

As long as you are an SDLN full or remote member, please continue to process your in-state interlibrary loan requests using ALEPH.

Will I have to pay to use WorldCat?

No. The cost to use WorldCat for interlibrary loan is paid for by the State Library. The current cost for WorldCat and interlibrary loan is a little over $47,000. However, OCLC costs in the future may increase as more interlibrary loans are processed through the State Library.

In the future, will I always use WorldCat for interlibrary loan requests?

The one constant in life is that things are always changing. As soon as you learn one set of rules, the rules will change. We have provided you with the information we currently have, and the plan that has been developed for handling interlibrary loans in the near future. We will continue to explore other options. As other opportunities present themselves we will share that information with you.


Make plans to upgrade library Wi-Fi and broadband services: E-rate filing window is now open!

The E-rate filing window is open from Jan. 14, 2015 through March 26, 2015. There has never been a better time to apply for E-rate funding. Beginning in 2015, E-rate funding has increased from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion. The $1.5 billion annual increase makes it likely that all applications can be funded over the next 5 years.

The FCC's first key challenge has been to ensure that schools and libraries have affordable access to high-speed broadband. The FCC set a bandwidth target of at least 100 Mbps for libraries. The ALA reports that half of libraries in the U.S. currently have connection speeds less than 10 Mbps. According to data gathered in the 2012-13 Digital Inclusion survey, the download speed for South Dakota public libraries was 11.1 Mbps.

E-rate modernization orders in 2014 made Wi-Fi connectivity and broadband capacity priorities. Funding for external broadband services falls under Category 1 services. Email and voice services under this category will be phased out to ensure adequate funding for 21st century priorities.

In the past, few applicants have received Category 2 (formerly Priority 2) assistance because the program was underfunded. This category covers services and equipment that deliver broadband inside the library. Wi-Fi connectivity falls under this category. Some of the components included in Category 2 services are routers, switches, wireless access points, internal cabling, firewall services, and supporting software. Funding for libraries will be capped at $2.30 per square foot. A minimum of $9,200 per building (pre-discount) ensures that even the smallest libraries will be eligible for sufficient funding.

Other changes in E-rate make the application process faster and more efficient and allow for multi-year payment for large projects. The ALA has prepared briefs explaining changes to the E-rate program as they apply to libraries. Download a summary of:

  • the July 11 report [PDF]
  • the Dec. 11 report [PDF]

Questions about your E-rate application should be directed to South Dakota E-rate Coordinator, Debra Kriete, email. Make sure you sign up for Debra's State E-rate listserv.


"American Libraries" January/February issue shares great tips

Have you ever had questions about film programming and public performance rights for libraries? Did you know that you have to be in compliance with the law in order to show a movie at the library? Should you just purchase films with public performance rights (PPR), or should you purchase a public performance site license for the library?

Purchasing films with PPR will allow the library to show the film during story times, special movie nights, or other special programs. In addition, films that already have PPR can be checked out by your patrons and shown at the local PTA or service club meetings. Purchasing a public performance site license for the library allows the library to show any number of films, but the license is limited to a specific location. If you wish to show the film at a branch, a separate license must be purchased. Pricing depends on the population of the service area. There are also rules as to how a library can advertise the showing of the film. The January/February issue of "American Libraries" contains the whole article, "Screening Legally," that may help answer many questions. The article begins on page 40.

It may not feel like it, but spring will eventually come and with it, the gardening will begin. Have you thought of starting a seed library? What a great way to involve your community in programming and support of the library. Seed libraries are a fairly simple idea. Patrons "check out" seeds from the library and plant them in their own gardens. In the fall, patrons then save seeds from the plants they grew and return them to the library for the next year. Consider asking your local stores for seed packets to help get the program started. Have a master gardener come in to do a program. Do you have space where you could have the children of the community plant, grow, and harvest their own library garden? Learn more about how many libraries are adapting this idea with wonderful results. The article, "Not Your Garden Variety Library," starts on page 60 of the January/February issue of "American Libraries."





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