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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

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Board Talk


One Welcome Return

by Daria Bossman, State Librarian

As most of you know, a dear colleague and friend, Colleen Kirby, retired in March after 32 years in State government, many of those years serving here at the State Library. We were not able to fill her position as Assistant State Librarian and Director of the Braille and Talking Book unit. However, I am pleased to announce that our former State Librarian, Dorothy Liegl, agreed to come out of retirement and serve for the next year as our Director of Braille and Talking Book program. We are pleased to have someone of Dorothy's experience and wisdom back on board. If you have questions about the B&TB program or how you might serve the visually challenged in your community, do give her a call at our State Library main number, 605-773-3131. Dorothy can also be reached via email at

She graduated from Edgerton Consolidated School (Farmer, SD) in 1967, received her bachelor's degree in history and library science in 1971 from the University of South Dakota and her master's degree (MLS) in 1972 from Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. (My alma mater as well!)

Since her retirement from State government in 2008, she has been very active in the South Dakota Humanities Council serving as a book discussion leader. Her primary responsibilities are: promotion of book discussion groups at public libraries throughout the state. Her role is to encourage libraries to create discussion groups and lead discussions about books from a list selected by SD Humanities Council. She primarily focuses on libraries located in counties identified as underserved or unserved.

Dorothy wrote, "Throughout the 36+ years that I worked at the State Library, I held many positions - the two most recent being Deputy State Librarian and State Librarian. Beginning in 1976 and continuing throughout my career I was responsible for creating/delivering training to improve the skills of local library staff. I also worked closely with other agencies to develop and deliver collaborative programs."

In the earlier years she worked as a cataloger, Director of Technical Services (including cataloging, acquisitions, and serials), Library Consultant, Director of Library Development, and the Director of the Film and Video Library. She added, "I was also Acting Director of Braille ND Talking Book twice and Interim Interlibrary Loan Librarian. I used to sub in Reference when the Reference Services staff got behind schedule and I even worked in the mail room when the Library was desperate." Dorothy has done it all!

Since retirement when she is not working for us, she has been an Independent Library Consultant. In this position she has provided direct consultation to a few libraries in South Dakota and North Dakota, and presented several conference programs for both South Dakota Library Association and the Mountain-Plains Library Association.

Dorothy commented, "I especially love working in small communities because the people are so dedicated to making their community a better place to live. I thoroughly enjoy meeting people in all types of settings including working at the State Fair, in small group meetings, as well as one-on-one."

Dorothy is the proud grandmother on one teenage granddaughter, and the mother of two grown sons. She has been married to Rene for nearly 43 years making their home for all of those years here in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area.

She is an avid reader, loves embroidery, gardening/ yardwork, and travel, something she must put on hold for now! Can you guess her least favorite task? Housework... mine too!

Please welcome Dorothy back to the State Library! We have 75 libraries which participate in our audio book program for the blind and visually impaired! If you are not one of those libraries, please consider offering this service to your community. Wouldn't it be terrific if all 112 SD public libraries offered this service to their visually impaired citizens? Give Dorothy a call! It's the right thing to do and an easy commitment. 1-800-423-6665.





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