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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



Short Takes for Trustees

short takes for trustees

The South Dakota State Library is excited to share with all South Dakota public libraries access to "Short Takes for Trustees" a series of 10 short videos for you and your Trustees to view through March, 2016. You can show these videos at your library board meetings, or you can give the login/password to individual trustees to watch on their own. These short videos can be used toward Accreditation trustee CE hours.

Some topics in the series explain the basics of being a good trustee. The titles include:

  • What it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board.
  • How to set policy
  • How to evaluate the library director (and why you should!)
  • Board self-evaluation and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards - both governing and advisory.

For more information go to Funding for this online public library training is made possible by funds provided by a grant to the SDSL from the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS).


Lighten up your learning with E-Resources Challenge Lite this summer

Enroll in our free, self-paced online learning opportunity that guides you to explore and discover content and features in the statewide electronic resources. Learn more about online journals, encyclopedias, practice tests and other resources while earning continuing education contact hours. Choose from Basic, Advanced, and Common Core Connections. See more information here at

The lite version does not require creating a blog. Participants will post discoveries in an online form. All lessons will be available on June 1, allowing you to work at your own pace. Lessons must be completed by August 3 to earn continuing education units.

Register now through and receive an e-mail when the lessons are posted.

Contact Julie Erickson,, or Jane Healy,, State Library Electronic Services Coordinators, if you have questions.


May 2015 Continuing Education Opportunities

Special Webinar Opportunity
Project ENABLE presents two free webinars for librarians to provide inclusive programs and services for all patrons with disabilities. See details for registration:

May 5

May 6

May 7

May 8

May 13

May 20

May 21

  • Pop-Up Storytimes
    Sponsored by Infopeople (2-3 p.m. CT; 1-2 p.m. MT); online webinar)

May 27

June 17





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