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January 2015, Volume 7, Issue 1

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

New Year's Day

Copyright Law Day
Jan. 1

Science Fiction Day
Jan. 2

World Braille Day
Jan. 4

Poetry at Work Day
Jan. 13

Kid Inventors Day
Jan. 17

Thesaurus Day
Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 19

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 22

Handwriting Day
Jan. 23

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan. 27

Puzzle Day
Jan. 29

Tackling Textbook Costs Through Open Educational Resources: A Primer
Jan. 29-30, Chicago

ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 30- Feb. 3, Chicago

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Feb. 2

Digital Learning Day
Mar. 13

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Save patrons time – add the State Library's subscription e-resources links to your school or library website

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In this month's issue


Library Headlines

South Dakota Library Association Legislative Day at the Capitol
by Stephanie Bents, SDLA Issues Committee

Rapid City Central's Festival of Trees christmas tree displays
by Marsha Mertes, Rapid City Central High School Library

Community partnerships create a win-win situation
by Doris Ann Mertz, Custer County Library director

Is E-rate 2.0 worth the effort? Yes!
by Debra Kriete, South Dakota E-rate Coordinator


January Continuing Education Opportunities

Electronic Resources Challenge, winter 2015, starts soon
Back by popular demand, the self-paced online Electronic Resources Challenge 2015 will run from Jan. 26 - April 13, 2015.

Jump Start 2015

January 2015 Continuing Education Opportunities


Children's and YA Services

Don't give up on Skype
With all of the various types of video conferencing software that is coming out at lightning speed, it can be easy to forget that where we work has a harder time jumping on board with technology.

Teen Librarian Toolbox
Want to do more for your teens?

Free foreign language e-books for kids
Needing books for young immigrant populations is not something that only big cities have to contend with any more. A number of South Dakota communities are seeing a growing number of immigrants.

Children's Day/Book Day/Día de los Niño's is coming Childrens day logo
Every April 30, libraries and families across the country celebrate "Día."

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards applications now open!
Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Save patrons time
add State Library subscription e-resources links to your school or library website

Public library opportunity -- Freegal Music and Freading eBooks freading logo
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce its coordination of two affordable self-funded programs for purchase by South Dakota public libraries: Freading and Freegal.


Grant Opportunities

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program

The Lisa Libraries


Board Talk

Re-envisioning the public library aspen institute report
By Daria Bossman, State Librarian


Library Development

Trustee Wiki keeps your library on track
When questions arise about your library's governance and mission, you and your trustees can turn to the South Dakota State Library Trustee Wiki.

Save money on library products with Minitex discounts

Making the most of your library's technology services
Virtually all of our libraries across South Dakota provide public computers and Internet access.

2014 Native Youth Report

Programming tips learned at the recent AzLA/MPLA regional conference
The session "Creative Programming for 20- to 40-something Adults" was presented by librarians from the Mesa Public Library

Upcoming legislative session
The 90th South Dakota Legislative Session will open at noon CST on Tuesday, Jan. 13.


What are we reading?

'The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media' by Laura Solomon book cover of Librarians nitty gritty guide to social media


School Libraries

Tweet with your colleagues on Jan. 29
Join us on Twitter to make connections, ask questions and share information.

Project input needed: Collection Development, Assessment and Library Science Course

South Dakota librarians attend the SLJ Leadership Summit
The School Library Journal hosted is 10th Annual Leadership Summit "Fire it Up! Sparking Creativity and Motivating Students" on Oct. 25-26, 2014.


Why Didn't I Think of That?

Project station serves as mini-makerspace project station at grant county library milbank
Grant County Library's makerspace in Milbank takes up little more room than an ordinary computer workstation...

Tech Tips: Do you Skype? You should, it's free!
Skype lets you call, see, instant message and share files with anyone else on Skype.





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