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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

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School Libraries


Tweet with your colleagues on Jan. 29

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Are you ready to expand your professional learning network? Join us on Twitter to make connections, ask questions and share information. The next School Library Twitter Chat will begin live on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. CT/6 p.m. MT. Follow the State Library's Twitter account @LibrarySD and the conversation at #SCHSDSL. We'll be talking about the SDLA Legislative Day. If you are unable to participate live watch for the archive link via the school library listserv.

Contact Joan Upell email or @Wowapi if you have questions about getting started with Twitter.


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

School library Coordinators, Marta Stirling and Joan Upell, are seeking your input on three projects. The Collection Development Framework and the Assessment in the School Library Framework are near completion and ready for your comments. The Library Science Course Framework for high school students is in need of ideas for updating.

Interested in one, two or even all three of these projects? All input will be completed online and take about one to three hours of your time. Contact either Joan, email, or Marta, email, by Jan. 15 for complete details.


South Dakota librarians attend the SLJ Leadership Summit

Marta Stirling, Amy DeNomme and Sharlene Lien represented South Dakota Libraries at the SLJ Leadership Summit. Photo by Joey Tichenor. copyright 2014
L-R: Marta Stirling, Amy DeNomme and Sharlene Lien represented South Dakota Libraries at the SLJ Leadership Summit. Photo by Joey Tichenor. ©2014

The School Library Journal hosted is 10th Annual Leadership Summit "Fire it Up! Sparking Creativity and Motivating Students" on Oct. 25-26, 2014. SLJ and its sponsors host this exclusive event to 200 participants nation-wide. School librarians, education leaders, technology innovators, authors, publishers, and other stakeholders were convened by special invitation in Saint Paul to tackle the most pressing challenges and the greatest opportunities facing schools and school libraries. Amy DeNomme of Explorer Elementary in Harrisburg, Sharlene Lien of Discovery Elementary in Sioux Falls, and Marta Stirling, School Library Coordinator with the State Library represented South Dakota school libraries during this important dialogue.

Featuring nationally recognized education and library leaders, the summit included panel discussions and networking. The summit addressed trends in education, successful services and uses of technology, and leadership initiatives and strategies. Fast Learning Sessions provided examples of how 21st Century libraries are an asset in transforming education by providing students with information literacy skills and project-based learning experiences.

Lien, who also serves as the South Dakota School Library Association School Library Chair, found the summit eye-opening and hopes to share what she has learned with other school librarians in South Dakota. "I absolutely loved the Summit and wish I could go again! I am looking at my library and project-based learning in a whole new way. A huge idea I brought with me was creating MakerSpaces in my school library. In fact, I actually started MakerSpaces in November. I am also writing and applying for an innovative grant to help stock my MakerSpaces with more technology and engineering supplies. So far, it is a work in progress, but I am excited about the possibilities and am compiling information for those that would like to try it in their school."

Stephan Turnipseed, President Emeritus of LEGO Education North America provided the group with insights on Defining Systemic Creativity. He shared the importance of these project-based learning experiences, "Whenever you think a thought that is unfamiliar to you, that is creativity." During his keynote, he described the importance of advocacy, outreach, and strategic relationships in education. Turnipseed currently serves as the Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships on the global LEGO Education team and Chairman of The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

In his keynote address, 2013 Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Mark Edwards of the Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina shared his observations on the climate of education both in his district and across the nation. Edwards explained, "Our nation will not survive without a strong public education system.... (We need to) prepare children for their future, not our past...." He also explained how the librarians in his district are curriculum leaders in his schools and an essential part of the district's strategic direction and tactical realities for student success.





21st Century, Harrisburg, maker spaces, school libraries, Sioux Falls, technology, trends

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