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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



IMLS comes to South Dakota

Last month one of the IMLS state liaisons visited our state to observe some of our programs. Michele Farrell spent a week in eastern South Dakota and in Pierre meeting with librarians, trustees and local citizens. She reviewed our documents and spoke with our staff. One question on her review form asked if our state library is charged by state law to be the "official agency …charged by law …with the extension and development of public library services throughout the state."? We were happy to report SD state statute SDCL 14-1-42 confirms this. This South Dakota Codified Law, along with federal codified law for IMLS (20 U.S.C. § 9121 and 20 U.S.C. § 9141), and our Five Year Plan is our measuring stick for how well we are doing to support your local school and public libraries. But you be the judge and let us know by completing a survey of our services.

Michele also wanted everyone to know that they should subscribe to the IMLS newsletter to get a better understanding of the field of librarianship around the country. Their monthly newsletter is called Primary Source, but you can also sign up to receive other information directly from IMLS including grant and research information. Because of the work that the State Library does on your behalf, we currently receive $996,021 from the federal government via IMLS. The majority of this goes to statewide access for nearly 40 specialized proprietary databases available in all public and school libraries or to private citizens via our SDSL e-card, provides for interlibrary loan support, and fully supports our Braille and Talking Book program.


New systems for the South Dakota State Library

SDSL is in the process of migrating to our new integrated library system, Book System Inc.'s Atriuum. Staff at SDSL began using the new system for circulation in early August and the link to the new OPAC for patron use will be on the SDSL web site beginning September 14, 2015.

SDSL staff are working on the implementation of a new authentication system: OCLC's EZproxy. This authentication system will replace the current authentication via SDLN. Authentication for all e-resources licensed by SDSL will move to EZproxy over the next few months.

Discovery Overlay
And, last, but certainly not least, SDSL staff will begin working with our vendor, Auto-Graphics, on implementation of a new discovery and interlibrary loan interface. This new overlay, South Dakota Share-It, will allow simultaneous searching of multiple library catalogs (up to 100 in our state) and all e-resources licensed by SDSL (full-text included) to be searched in one federated search in a simple search interface.

Watch the SDSL web site for more details as these systems are put in place.

A note regarding these changes
We appreciate your patience as these technologies are put into place. They build upon each other and as we all realize some things don't initially go as smoothly as anticipated. Nevertheless, we are very hopeful that all these systems will be fully functioning and in place early next year. As always, if you have questions or concerns, do give us a call here at the State Library.


What Happens in Braille and Talking Book Every Day?

Snap Shot Day at the Braille and Talking Book is an opportunity to capture one day's activities so that you can get an overview of the work done by the staff. This year June 30th was Snap Shot Day.

On June 30th, the Braille and Talking Book Library staff:
Braille and Talking Book Staff

  • Printed mail cards, retrieved the requested books, checked each item out and mailed 765 recorded books and magazines to patrons.
    braille and talking book cartridges and mailing cards
    braille and talking books ready to be mailed out
    Braille and talking books sorted and mailed out
  • Inspected 559 digital books and 26 magazines, checked them in, and returned them to the shelves.
    braille and talking books received
    braille and talking books being inspected
    braille and talking books inspected
    braille and talking books includes magazines
  • Checked in and shelved 158 new books.
    braille and talking books being shelved
  • The Reader Advisors received 14 emails, sent 12 emails in reply, answered 6 in-coming calls and called 22 patrons about their service requests.
    Braille and talking book reader advisor Mary
    The Reader Advisors talked to patrons about books they wanted to read, reminded them to return overdue books and magazines, instructed an activity director how to transfer the service for a patron who was moving out of state, assisted patrons who wanted to use BARD for downloading digital books, answered questions about the services of the Library, answered questions about how to get a replacement player because their player wasn't working, notified patrons that a container was returned without the cartridge, assisted patrons who wanted to use the online catalog by giving them login information and instructions on how to search, and more.
    Braille and Talking Book ready advisor Marcia
  • Enrolled four new patrons and assigned them a talking book machine, checked out books and catalogs.
    Braille and talking book's Josh prepping a talking book machine
  • Received one textbook order that included 3 volumes, checked the books out and mailed them to the requesting school.
    Braille and Talking Book's Lynda shipping textbook to school
    Braille and Talking Book example of a tactile textbook
  • Volunteers in Sioux Falls, Pierre, and Yankton worked 18 hours recording books and magazines.
    Braille and Talking Book's recording studio
    Braille and Talking Book's Josh recording audio
  • Served one walk-in patron who needed a replacement talking book machine and additional books.

This is just a sample of the tasks completed on June 30th. These numbers reflect the work of the SD Braille and Talking Book Library staff to deliver quality service to our patrons.


September is Library Card Sign-up Month!

Library Card Sign-up month

The month, celebrate all that you do for your community and reach out to those who don't use your services yet! September is Library Card Sign-up Month and ALA is making things even more fun with all kinds of free "Snoopy" and "Peanuts" themed promotional materials for you to use — including graphics to make special library cards.





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