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October 2015, Volume 7, Issue 9

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

International School Library Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Fossil Day
October 14

The Digital Shift
October 14, online

Teen Read Week
October 18-24

National Friends of the Libraries Week
October 18-24

Give Me 20 Fall Challenge
October 19-December 11, 2015

Read for the Record
October 22, 2015

School Library Chats
October 28, 2015

American Diabetes Month

American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

Military Family Appreciation Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Scholarship Month

Picture Book Month

Daylight Savings Time Ends
November 1

National Family Literacy Day
November 1

ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program: Assessment Track
November 4-7, 2015

ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program: Intentional Teaching Track
November 4-8, 2015

AASL 17th National Conference and Exhibition
November 5-8; Columbus, Ohio

YALSA's 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium
November 6-8, 2015; Portland, Oregon

Veterans Day
November 11

National Young Readers Week
November 9-13

National Philanthropy Day
November 12

Lita Forum
November 12-15; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Random Acts of Kindness Day
November 13

America Recycles Day
November 15

Geography Awareness Week
November 15-21

American Education Week
November 16-20
•17: Parents Day
•18: Education Support Professionals Day
•17: Substitute Educators Day

International Games Day
November 21

Thanksgiving Day
November 26

Native American Heritage Day
November 27

Featured e-Resources of the Month
E-resources provide holiday fun and information

School Libraries


Interlibrary loan update

Now that school is well underway, we hope you have a minute to catch your breath and review some interlibrary loan information.

With the dissolution of the South Dakota Library Network (SDLN) coming on June 30, 2016 we are all undergoing some changes. The State Library is now using Atriuum as its ILS and using WorldCat to mediate interlibrary loan requests. Detailed directions and needed links may be found on our Interlibrary Loan Services webpage

On the Interlibrary Loan Services page you'll also find a new heading for School Libraries ILL. We've developed a pathfinder document to guide your interlibrary loan decisions. We hope this document helps new school library staff learn the process and provides a review for our veteran librarians. Please carefully read this information and the FAQs provided before placing any ILL requests. Often a timelier and less costly source of information can be found. Please feel free to contact the State Library's Research Department at 1-800-423-6665 or for additional help in locating resources.

A few reminders to best serve all patrons (borrowing and lending):

  • Each school library is limited to 20 active requests at one time. No new requests will be entered until items have been returned.
  • Please respect the due date that the lending library has set. Libraries will lose privileges if materials are not returned on time and in good condition to the lending library.
  • Remember that the requesting library (your library) is responsible for all postage costs. If the item is damaged coming to/from your library or it is lost by your patron or in the mail, your library is responsible for reimbursing the lending library for the cost of the item.
  • Pack things well when returning them to the lending library, especially if the material is fragile or of historical value.


Prairie Bud and Prairie Pasque voting is open

Voting for the South Dakota Children's Book Awards opened on October 1st. Your students can cast votes online for any of the books they have read. Unlike past voting years, students do not have to read a minimum of 5 books to qualify to vote, and they can vote for any and all books they think are worthy of the Prairie Bud (K-2) or Prairie Pasque (3-5) Awards.





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