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June/July 2015, Volume 7, Issue 6

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Independence Day
July 4

Paperback Book Day
July 30

National Inventor's Month

National Back to School Month

Women's History Month

Bad Poetry Day
August 18

Senior Citizen's Day
August 21

Women's Equality Day
August 26

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Foster adult literacy with State Library e-resources



Data shows school libraries growing across the state

A quick overview of the data collected in the 2014-2015 School Library Survey reports a total of 368 libraries in public districts, nonpublic, tribal/BIE and state special systems serving 93% of K-12 students. But there's much more to this data story.

Madison students studying

As we look at the past five years the data shows that 20% of South Dakota's school districts/school systems have renovated or constructed new school libraries. Here are a few examples: with new construction, Madison Central School District combined their middle school and high school libraries into one larger library; Gettysburg School District replaced their high school building which includes a new high school library; and both Ipswich and McLaughlin added on to existing buildings to create new K-12 library spaces. As these and other districts/school systems continue to grow their libraries the trend is to provide a collaborative environment, flexible access to the physical space and comfortable, movable furniture for a modern learning atmosphere.

Gettysburg girl reading

Watch for a complete summary of findings in the 2015 School Data Digest. A printed copy will be mailed directly to each school librarian and superintendent in mid-August. The digest will be in the form of a brochure that opens to a poster. Catch it before it's lost in the junk mail and use it to welcome students and parents back to school!

Ipswitch students using wifi

School districts and systems may access their data from 2009-2015 at any time via the Counting Opinions platform. Go to and use the same district login and password you used to enter your data. Data Coordinator Shawn Behrends,, is available to help you with any and all questions.

Boy at shelves in McLaughlin


School libraries guide students and staff forward in the 21st Century

The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce the 18 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Award for 2015. Together these school library programs, librarians and administrators reflect best practice in guiding students and staff forward in the 21st Century. Find details and the complete story at


What's in your interlibrary loan policy?

School libraries have seen many changes in interlibrary loan just in the past five years. As digital formats make more content accessible there is less need to borrow from other libraries. However, you may occasionally receive a request for that one unique resource that is only available in print and is not in your collection, or you may have the resource that someone else needs. The process of interlibrary loan requires both lenders and borrowers to be successful. What's your next step?

Know what's in your library's interlibrary loan policy. It should be a section of your Collection Development Plan. Most likely it's time to re-visit your policy and update it.





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