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May 2015, Volume 7, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
May, 2015

Jewish American Heritage Month
May, 2015

National Inventors Month
May, 2015

Mental Health Awareness Month
May, 2015

National Bike Month
May, 2015

May Day
May 1

Choose Privacy Week
May 1-7

National Library Legislative Day
May 4-5

Children's Book Week
May 4-10

Cinco de Mayo
May 5

National Teacher Day
May 5

Mother's Day
May 10

National Bike to Work Week
May 11-15

Memorial Day
May 25

Flag Day
June 14

Father's Day
June 21

ALA Annual Conference: San Francisco
June 25-30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
State Library e-resources are every hero's secret weapon



Western Dakota Tech Library Technician Program offers opportunities for learning

Western Dakota Tech (WDT) in Rapid City, South Dakota has offered since 2011 a Library Technician Diploma and Associate of Applied Science Degree. Both the diploma and associate degree are designed to provide students with skills needed to work in a library setting.

students at western dakota tech

The primary objective of the WDT Library Technician program is to prepare students with the necessary skills to work in a 21st-century library. The program provides a solid foundation in library knowledge and technical skills that include new trends. These skills include managing library software and social media applications. Students will also learn cataloging, maintaining and retrieving print, digital and audiovisual resources, and specialized media. Students will be introduced to research strategies for library catalogs, databases, and the Internet. Once students enter their internship, they will experience the ever-changing library system designed to assist patrons with a variety of services.

graduates at western dakota tech

Five students will graduate from WDT in May with their diploma or degree as a Library Technician. These students will join five previous graduates. The internship experience for the students in the associate of applied science degree will help clarify career goals, use classroom theory in a practical job experience, and reinforce and expand classroom learning. The projects and tasks during the internship will challenge the student's skill set and knowledge. Megan Eggers wrote, "This job is harder and nicer than I thought it would be at first. You can see what you are accomplishing and how much you are affecting the lives of those in the community."

At WDT, the Library Technician program is available 100% online with instructors from South Dakota and across the nation. Course requirements include general education requirements along with library and business technical courses to meet the ever changing world of public library service.

Lisa Droz will graduate from WDT with her Associate of Applied Science Degree on May 16, 2015. When reflecting on her technical and general education courses she wrote, "Some of the classes surprised me when I think about how they have helped me understand the library technology and its role on a daily basis."

WDT Library Technician student, Mackenzie Betcher, chose to do his internship at the Campbell County Public Library in Gillette, Wyoming. The Circulation Manager, Anna Veinbergs initially planned on having Mackenzie only work in the circulation department, however he was able to learn and work in almost every department. Anna Veinbergs said, "I could not have been more pleased with his placement in our library, and I do believe he learned valuable things that will further him in his career."

WDT Library Technician student Lisa Droz was already working in the Rapid City Catholic School Library and expanded her knowledge during her internship by working on various projects. In the middle school and elementary library, she created displays and a book author feature. Lisa said, "By the end of the week, every book we had by this author had been checked out not once, but several times. I can see this idea is raising the numbers in our circulation more and more."

The WDT Library Technician Advisory Board which meets once each semester has agreed that the internship experience is invaluable. This board is comprised of local library directors and employees, WDT faculty and administration, and representation from the South Dakota State Library. At the spring 2015 meeting, the library practical experience was a large part of the discussion. Many advertised library positions emphasize practical library experience and networking abilities.

Rayelle Ulvog will graduate in December 2015 and did her internship at WDT's academic library and the Rapid City Public Library (RCPL). While completing her assignment at WDT and moving on to RCPL she wrote, "I have come a long way... I am familiar and comfortable with most operations. Libraries can be vastly different and somewhat intimidating in some aspects, but already having the groundwork laid...makes me feel confident that I'll be able to take on projects there with some independence."

If you have an interest in furthering your education in undergraduate field of library science, give Jennifer Seals at WDT a call at (605) 718-2909 or contact her at


Keep all kids reading - all summer

Research has shown that children who read during the summer retain most of their reading skills until school starts again in the fall. To help students who are registered patrons of the South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library (B&TB) retain their reading skills, the B&TB is offering a summer reading program.

The B&TB summer reading program is open to students at ages 0 to 20 who qualify because they cannot read standard print due to visual, physical, or reading disability that prohibits their use of traditional printed books.

The summer reading program will run from June 8 through July 17, 2015. The program is designed to encourage all qualified students to read a minimum of twenty minutes per day, seven days a week.

Please encourage your young readers who are registered patrons of B&TB to participate. For more information and registration forms, contact Mary Sjerven at 1-800-423-6665 or email at





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