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September 2015, Volume 7, Issue 8

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Library Card Sign-up Month

National Children's Good Manners Month

Labor Day
September 7

International Literacy Day
September 8

Patriot Day
September 11

Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day
September 12

National Grandparents Day
September 13

National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15- October 15

Lead the Change Maker Workshop
September 16, online

Constitution Day
September 17

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 18

Talk Like a Pirate Day
September 19

The International Day of Peace
September 21

SDLA Conference: Preparing for a Bright Future
September 23-25

School Library Journal Leadership Summit
September 26-27, Seattle

Banned Books Week
September 27- October 3

Banned Websites Awareness Day
September 30

International School Library 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

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Back to school, back to business

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In this month's issue


Library Headlines

Peanuts Library Card Sign Up Month

IMLS comes to South Dakota
IMLS' Michele Farrell spent a week in eastern South Dakota and in Pierre meeting with librarians, trustees and local citizens.

New systems for the South Dakota State Library
Atriuum, EZProxy, and Discovery Overlay

What Happens in Braille and Talking Book Every Day?

September is Library Card Sign-up Month!


Continuing Education Opportunities

September 2015 Continuing Education Opportunities


Children's and YA Services

Breathe new life into your story times and displays
A group of librarians from around the country have pitched in and added their favorite books to a new website

Book Cover of Not NormanRead for the Record
On October 22nd, your library has a unique opportunity to join with thousands of other libraries and schools around the country to read the same book to as many kids as possible.

National Fossil Day coming this October
South Dakota has a rich fossil history so why not participate in National Fossil Day?


Featured e-Resources of the Month

Back to school, back to business
Students are heading back to school and we are all getting back to the business of our fall routines.


Board Talk

Who is IMLS?
By Daria Bossman, State Librarian


Library Outreach

Measuring outcomes shows the good that you do!
Last month Daria and Shawn had the opportunity to attend the first Research Institute for Public Libraries.

Grant resources at the SD State Library
The South Dakota State Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center.

electronic board$100 + a "techy" volunteer = DIY people counter for your library
Looking for a low-cost way to automate visitor counts at your library? Try this DIY door counter.


School Libraries

School librarians: the SDSL research department is here for you!
Here it comes, the History Day project, science fair project, or term paper. Are you ready?

Celebrate the Year of the Learning Commons
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

Using Twitter to develop your PLN: the tweeting begins now
Brush off your Twitter account and develop your Professional Learning Network this year.

What are your collection development plans?
The start of the school year is a great time to kick off needs assessments for your school library.





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