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Independence Day
July 4

Paperback Book Day
July 30

National Inventor's Month

National Back to School Month

Women's History Month

Bad Poetry Day
August 18

Senior Citizen's Day
August 21

Women's Equality Day
August 26

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Library Outreach and Development

Where did the money go? Operating expenditures from FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey
November/ December 2015

Weeding isn't just about books
October, 2015

Measuring outcomes shows the good that you do!
September, 2015

Grant resources at the SD State Library
September, 2015

electronic board$100 + a "techy" volunteer = DIY people counter for your library
September, 2015

Invest in staff and resources related to greater use of services, national statistics show
August, 2015

Using HathiTrust for research
August, 2015

June/July 2015
includes "Sara Wylie retires", "Two free authoritative health sites available for patrons", "Federal Government websites provide plenty of learning opportunities", "Tips for Searching for Interlibrary Loan Materials", "What makes a library special?", and "What are we reading?
Virtual Unreality by Charles Seife

April, 2015
includes "South Dakota state government publications used as primary resources", and "Public Libraries Survey FY2014 closed"

March, 2015
includes "Grantseeking Workshops" and "Reserve Time with Library Staff program at Gregory Public Library helps patrons land jobs and get personalized tech assistance"

February, 2015
includes "Interlibrary Loan - questions and answers", Make plans to upgrade library Wi-Fi and broadband services: E-rate filing window is now open!", and "'American Libraries' January/February issue shares great tips"

January, 2015
includes "Trustee Wiki keeps your library on track", "Save money on library products with Minitex discounts", "Making the most of your library's technology services", "2014 Native Youth Report", "Programming tips learned at the recent AzLA/MPLA regional conference", and "Upcoming legislative session"

November/ December 2014
includes "Public library photos requested", "Impact Survey shows the importance of tech resources in SD public libraries", and "What's your library worth?"

September, 2014
includes "Attention public and school librarians -- YOU can utilize your annual survey data" and "How to automate a library one step at a time: planning, selecting, implementing"

August, 2014
includes "Understand your community's technology needs--take the Edge Assessment", "FY 2013 Public Libraries Survey Data -- how are we doing?", "How to automate a library one step at a time: planning, selecting, implementing", "'Blue books' are now online", and "Interlibrary Loan: remember two good rules of thumb"

June/ July 2014
includes "Time to say good-bye: Jean Peterson retires", "Looking to the future", and "How to automate a library one step at a time: planning, selecting, implementing"

May, 2014
includes "Huron completes an Impact Survey", "Finding health information: how do I know it's not hogwash?", and "Tech Tips: Introducing the transformative, mind-blowing, life-changing… Snipping Tool!"

April, 2014
includes "Tech Tips: Using OCLC Connexion Client Macros", "Library Lovers Make Good Citizens - How to Keep Them, "Partner with summer food programs", and "ZoomText assists patrons with visual impairments"

March, 2014
includes "Welcome Nina Mentzel, new Metadata Librarian", and "What to do with unsolicited materials? Check your gift policy"

National Book Festival update
November, 2013

October, 2013
includes "Celebrating South Dakota's 125th", "Have lunch and learn about State Library resources", and Interlibrary Loan — Helpful Hints

September 2013
includes "Welcome new South Dakota librarians", "SD documents librarians appointed to Regional Federal Depository Library Advisory Group", "Signs of the times-copyright, printers, copiers and your library", and "Do you have a disaster plan?"

August 2013
includes "Welcome Shawn Behrends, new State Data Coordinator
", "Congratulations, Public Library Institute Class of 2013", "Library Institute keeps me learning new things", "Welcome new South Dakota librarians", "Calculating your library's community value", and "Data sources abound"

June/ July 2013
includes "New art adorns State Library walls", "Bill & Melinda Gates Opportunity Online Hardware Grant brings new computers to SD libraries", "State library resources highlight STEM at Women in Science conferences"

May, 2013
includes "OverDrive Digital Bookmobile schedules stops in SD", "Serving people unable to read standard print", and "Digital resources abound"

Get Ready for the "4th R" with State Library Materials
April, 2013

March, 2013
includes "More information on Important New IMLS Guidance: E-Book Reader Lending Programs", "Black Hills Knowledge Network to participate in national conference", and "Managing technology assets: TechAtlas for Libraries discontinued"

February, 2013
includes "2012 Public Library Survey opens soon", "Digital state publications now online", "State Library receives excellent review from the Foundation Center", "From marketing to learning commons – book reviews"

January, 2013
includes "State publications go digital", "Do you WebDewey?", "A few tips about public library finances", "Strengthening families @ your library", "Copyright for schools — not black and white" and "Other resources in the news"

November, 2012
includes "Battle against 'poutreach'", "Reference resources for legal assistance and federal publications", "Congratulations SDLA door prize winners", and "Working in the Virtual Stacks: The New Library & Information Science and other resources in the news"

October, 2012
includes "E-reader roundup: circulating e-readers and e-reader training", and "Reference Resources: State Agency Databases and Indian Territory Records"

September, 2012
includes "Internet usage time tracking: Is there an easier way?", "Check out for answers to obscure reference questions", "Book Review: Librarian's Guide to Passive Programming", "What to Do with Weeded Materials", and "Listserv highlights re: Slippery metal shelving"

August 2012
includes "Tips for rethinking collections and reference services", "Getting the word out: Simple marketing strategies for small libraries" and "How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian and other resources in the news"

June/July 2012
includes "Great government information doesn’t come in paper form only", "No Shelf Required 2 and other resources in the news", "Listserv highlights re: Smelly Books!"

May, 2012
includes "What's happening in Reference Services?", and "Re-visioning the Library of the Future"

April, 2012
includes "School and public librarians: the SDSL Research Department is here for you!", and "Netiquette for listserv users"

March, 2012
includes "Public Library Survey deadline is March 30", "Welcome new South Dakota librarians", and "The Digital Librarian’s Legal Handbook and other resources in the news"

February, 2012
includes "New scanner in the house", "Licensing Digital Content and other resources in the news", and "E-Rate contact change"

January, 2012
includes "2012 Public Library Survey opens Wednesday, Feb. 1", "Libraries, a great return on investment", "E-Rate and your library: dos, don'ts and maybes", and "Board Talk: IMLS releases new report 'Creating a Nation of Learners'"

November/December, 2011
includes "SDLA Roundup review: session topics, strategic goals and SWIM scholars", "Western Dakota Tech offers new library training program", "Tips for weeding your fiction collection", and "What’s in the News?"

October, 2011
includes "Take your community’s pulse" and "Research staff updates the South Dakota Grant Directory"

September, 2011
includes "'Western Roundup' at SDLA in Spearfish Oct. 5-7" and "Taking state library services on the road"

July/August, 2011
includes "Novel Destinations has patrons scavenging for clues" and "Positive impact reported by Opportunity Online Hardware Grant participants"

June, 2011
includes "Dakota Collections Care Initiative is funded by IMLS", "Reference to the Rescue highlights resources", "Board Talk: The Public Library Survey – What is it? Why is it so important?", and "Explore! NASA Space Science Workshop trains librarians and educators"

May, 2011
Includes "Board Talk: Develop a local 'roadmap' for your public library", "Libraries are truly the road to everywhere", "OverDrive Tutorials"

April, 2011
includes "How accessible is your library?" and "Danger: your reference collection could be outdated"

March, 2011
includes "Money Smart Week @ Your Library is April 2-9", "Research services keep pace with legislative session", and "Board Talk: Orientation benefits new board members"

February, 2011
includes "SDSL moves from vertical file to digital collection", "Community collaboration results in facelift for Selby’s combined library", and "Board Talk: What’s in your bylaws?"

January, 2011
includes "State agencies and public libraries partner for job seekers", "Board Talk: Public Library Survey — It’s all local… really… and it all starts with you!", and "Happy New Year from the Research Services Department"

November/ December, 2010
includes "South Dakota public libraries, staff recognized for accreditation efforts", "Foundation and Friends fundraising with corporate sponsors", and "Board Talk: Dr. Mary Bushing comments on public libraries"

October, 2010
includes "Tribal colleges receive Tribal College Initiative Grant", "SD Division of Securities sponsors essay contest for high school seniors", and "Board Talk: The Complete Library Trustee Handbook will wow you"

September, 2010
includes "'Laugh and Learn' with SDSL staff at the 2010 SDLA Conference", "Final discussion of Voluntary Public Librarian Certification Standards Revisions to be held at SDLA Conference", and "Project Compass: Help your community with career/job seeking training and resources"

August, 2010
includes "Foundation Center holds online conference" and "The Public Library Survey - Where does South Dakota fit in?"

August, 2010
includes "Board Talk: Know your local and national statistics"

July, 2010
includes "Department of Education offices prepare for move to MacKay Building" and "Board Talk: What is a “good board”?"

June, 2010
includes "Believe it or not, government documents can be interesting!" and "Board Talk: The vital role of recruiting and educating trustees"

May, 2010
includes "Build a Book Club", "Board Talk: Is my Library Board legal?", "How can the Research staff help you and your patrons?"

April, 2010
includes "Research goes beyond the border", "Board Talk: Friends and Foundations worth investigating for your library", and "South Dakota Public Library Certification Standards"

March, 2010
includes "Board Talk", "Board Talk: Custer", "Beneath this tombstone lies…", and "Public Librarian Certification Committee"

February, 2010
includes "Should your library have a social media policy?", and "Disaster survivors need your help!"

December/ January, 2010
includes "The Role of Public Libraries in Local Economic Development", "News about librarians and libraries across the state", and "Listservs, e-mail lists, e-mail groups and you".

November, 2009
includes "SWIM Scholarship application now available", and "Automating for the first time or upgrading your current automation system?"

October, 2009
includes "escWorks: More tips for using the new registration system", "The Filtering Frontier", "Looking for another way to advertise?", "Connects to Collections Survey is due Nov. 1"

September, 2009
includes "Public Library Accreditation Standards ready for review", "College credit available for SDLA conference attendance", and "SWIM (Become a Librarian) application available in early October"

August, 2009
includes "Libraries to receive funding for computers, technology training", "Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Grant awarded to Cheyenne River Reservation Schools"

August, 2009
includes "State Library Staff present at SDLA", and "Where do all those public library numbers go?"

Library Training Institute mixes fun and learning
July, 2009

July, 2009
includes "HOP is moving to the Discovery Center" and "Cooperative effort lands grant for South Dakota librarians"

June, 2009
includes "Professional Development Registration is Now on escWorks" and "Libraries Provide Vital Resources in Tough Economic Times"

May, 2009
"Library Management Competencies define essential skills", "Take a Look at the New Tools Available for Public Libraries", "Public Library Standards Taskforce Formed"

May, 2009
"Public Library Annual Report Due May 29", "The Traffic Signs of Copyright & Fair Use", "Connecting to Collections Informational Meeting is May 28"

April, 2009
"Public Library Certification/Accreditation Process Changes", "Online Access Available to Free Trustee Training Resource", "The Clock is Ticking", and "South Dakota Public Libraries Data Digest"






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