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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

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. The students try to pick an obscure subject to beat out their classmates, and you've already exhausted the resources you have on hand and you are fresh out of search terms for online resources.

Who are you going to call for help? The state library research department, of course! The research department is your go-to source for:

  • Author information
  • Book series/what comes next
  • Correct citations, authors, and titles for books and articles
  • Lists of resources for subject requests
  • Reference collection for help with those school projects
  • We can make copies of needed information and email it to you
  • We'll assist you in searching the databases to find appropriate articles
  • Help with search terminology and keywords
  • Help in determining if a website is an authoritative source for information
  • Video and book suggestions
  • Difficult or odd requests
  • South Dakota history
  • State government information
  • Historical state law
  • Grant resources

We love a good challenge, so don't hesitate to call us at 1-800-423-6665 or email


Celebrate the Year of the Learning Commons

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! Celebrate the Year of the Learning Commons with school libraries across the country. Find ideas and activities that fit your library in the recent issues of Teacher Librarian. The complete magazine may be found in the ProQuest database provided by the State Library.

Here are a few articles to get you started:


Using Twitter to develop your PLN: the tweeting begins now

Brush off your Twitter account and develop your Professional Learning Network this year. Watch for the dates of the quarterly School Library Twitter Chats coming soon. But in the meantime, search and use the hashtag #SCHSDSL and follow @LibrarySD for the latest news.


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. Let the School Library Collection Development Framework be your guide to identifying gaps between your collection and the wants of your students, staff and curriculum. It includes templates, links and essential questions to assist you as you make these important decisions.





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