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March 2015, Volume 7, Issue 3

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Read Across America
Mar. 2

World Wildlife Day
Mar. 3

Digging Deeper into Primary Sources
Mar. 6

Daylight Savings Time begins
Mar. 8

Teen Tech Week
Mar. 8-14

Digital Learning Day
Mar. 13

Freedom of Information Day
Mar. 16

D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read
Apr. 2015

School Library Month
Apr. 2015

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

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Heritage Quest and World Book offer new look and functionality

Library Development


Grantseeking Workshops

Thursday, April 2
10 a.m. to noon
SD State Library/MacKay Building

The SD State Library will host a free workshop for anyone interested in learning about grantseeking for a nonprofit organization. The workshops will be held at the MacKay Building first floor meeting room on Thursday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Kief Schladweiler -- Funding Information Network Services Specialist at the Foundation Center, New York, will offer the following two workshops:

  • Introduction to Finding Funders -- Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center's comprehensive funding research tool, the "Foundation Directory Online" database, available at the SD State Library. This searchable database provides information on more than 80,000 grantmakers and a file of more than a half-million grant records that grantseekers can use to identify potential funders.
  • Proposal Writing Basics - Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

The South Dakota State Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the South Dakota State Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, "Foundation Directory Online Professional."

Many free online webinars can be accessed from the Foundation Center at and free training courses can be found at


Reserve Time with Library Staff program at Gregory Public Library helps patrons land jobs and get personalized tech assistance

By Diane Althoff, Director, Gregory Public Library

Not too long ago, the Gregory Public Library received a BIT grant which upgraded our computer network and included adding three laptops. The variety of usage opportunities has been mushrooming ever since.

Originally, we hoped to use the laptops for the increasing number of online college students in our community who are proctored for testing and often meet for informal group study. We also planned to use them for small groups learning basic computer skills. However, when our new Dollar General store opened in town, applicants were daunted by the 90 minute online process. Many had never communicated by email before. To help out, we provided one-to-one sessions for job applicants using the new laptops in a quiet setting in our meeting room. After helping them set up an email address, we showed them basic computer skills, such as how to use a mouse, and guided them through the application process with screen shot pages given us by the store manager. We then approached our local hospital, another major employer, and they provided screen shot pages of their application for our job applicants' file, which has been a big help.

Teen Staffer at Gregory Public Library

Word spread (as it will in a small town) and now we have all kinds of sessions known as "reserve time with library staff". Although most of our one-to-one programs have been for people needing job assistance, many patrons know that our teen staffer is the best one to reserve for help with iPad or iPod learning sessions. All of the staff work with social media sessions, but my personal favorite one-to-one session is working with those who have new eReaders, showing them how to set up an account with SD Titles To Go. We have discovered that patrons who were hesitant about signing up for a small group had no difficulty approaching us for help in one-to-one sessions. This project continues to grow as the needs arise!





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