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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

In Focus


Asst. State Librarian for Access Services, Colleen Kirby retires

On March 6, after 33 years of working in South Dakota libraries, I will be retiring. It has been an interesting and varied career. The last 12 years have been spent working for the State Library and for the past 5 years I have been an Assistant State Librarian. When I started as Assistant State Librarian for Access Services I was responsible for Technical Services, Interlibrary Loan/Circulation, Digital Services and the Braille and Talking Book Program. Over time, the responsibility of overseeing Research/Documents was added to the position.

I have found being an Assistant State Librarian, interesting, challenging, and very rewarding. I have been fortunate to have an amazing staff which has made my job easier. I like working with budgets and long range planning, so that has certainly been an asset. I still occasionally have the opportunity to answer questions from librarians regarding interlibrary loan, policies and procedures, and the occasional disruptive patron issue. With the Braille and Talking Book (B&TB) Program I have been able to help provide audio and braille books to people unable to read standard print. During the past five years we have been able to strengthen the B&TB program. And thanks to the dedicated staff and reader volunteers, I have seen the B&TB program grow and become more productive, serving more visually impaired South Dakotans.

I have had a wonderful time and that is due entirely to all of you. What could be more fun than working with librarians? You are the most dedicated, hardworking, knowledgeable people that I know. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Your commitment to libraries and to the people in your communities is commendable. Because of all of you, South Dakotans will continue to have access to excellent libraries. Thank you for your commitment, your dedication and your enthusiasm. You have no idea the difference you make.

Colleen Kirby, retiring from SDSL
-- Colleen Kirby,
Asst. State Librarian for Access Services,
retired March 6, 2015


Introduction: Sarah White

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Sarah White began her work as the Interlibrary Loan Library Associate on January 26, 2015. She will be working with Bell Jacobsen in the ILL department of the South Dakota State Library.

White was born and raised in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her B.A. degree in English from the College of St. Catherine and her Master of Library and Information Science degree from St. Catherine University (same school, new name).

Her interest in libraries can be attributed to two things: her friendship with the librarian at her high school (and membership in the Friends of the Library group at the school) and also that her mother was a librarian. While in graduate school, Sarah worked as a graduate assistant with the Ade Bethune Collection at St. Catherine University, helping with digitization and gaining valuable experience in library and archival work. Most recently she worked as an intern for the Hennepin County Library system in Minnesota, completing cataloging and authority projects.

Sarah's biggest hobbies can be summed up in four words: "enjoys playing with string." She knits, crochets, and tats, as well as whatever other craft catches her eye at a given time. She is a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction and also enjoys listening to audiobooks and podcasts on a variety of topics (British comedy, library science, history, sci-fi/fantasy, and more).

As to professional activities, she is a member of the American Library Association and the Minnesota Library Association. She also attended an International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference in Göteborg, Sweden in 2010 through the library program at St. Catherine University.





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