Library Institute 2023 is June 4 through 9 at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

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2023 Agenda

Times and listings are subject to change.

  • Sunday, June 4

    Dorm set-up and pre-test

    If you aren't staying in the dorm you need to check in with me at 5 PM at the dorm I will have resources for you take with you. It is important spend some time in the dorm lounge networking and getting to know all of the participating librarians.

    6:00 PM
    Dinner will be served on June 4 at 6:00 PM in the Lobby of Great Plains West. SDLA will send a representative to share information and they will host the dinner that evening.

  • Monday, June 5

    8:30-12:00 Noon & 1:00-5:00 PM
    Pamela Diaz Martin: Early Childhood Literacy Consultant whose workshops are shaped by experience as a children's librarian and branch manager. In the morning, you will be learning how to incorporate STEAM content into your work with young children. In the afternoon, we will be exploring ways to support early literacy both in and out of the library through programs and creating a literacy-rich environment.

  • Tuesday, June 6

    8:00-12 Noon
    South Dakota Discovery Center: Representative will be sharing the resources to include STEM kits and how to check them out for your library

    1:00-5:00 PM
    SD Author, Jean Patrick: Jean L.S. Patrick is the author of twelve traditionally published books, including The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Long-armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics. She lives near Mitchell, SD and is the Children's Services Librarian at the Mitchell Public Library.

  • Wednesday, June 7

    8:00-12 Noon
    SD Parent Connection: Presenting on the CDC's Learn the Sign Act Early (LTSAE), Ambassador to South Dakota, SD Parent Connection, Project Director for the statewide Family to Family Health Information Center at South Dakota Parent Connection since 2008. Presentations include:

    • Early Childhood Development Made EASY Using CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Resources
    • What Librarians Wish They Knew About Services and Supports for Families with Children with Special Needs or Disabilities

    1:00-3:00 PM
    SD Author, Tammy Knudtson: "A COVID Transformation Story: How a Corgi Lover Became a Children's Book Author". SD author shares her story of the writing, publishing, and marketing of her first two children's books.

    Plus time for follow-up

  • Thursday, June 8

    8:30-12 Noon
    SDSL Kim Bonen: Electronic Resources Coordinator for the SDSL sharing database access, troubleshooting technical issues, plus learning about children's databases: Miss Humblebee's Academy, BookFlix, Explora Kids, SIRS Discoverer, CultureGrams and the World Book suite.

    1:00-4:00 PM
    Beth Berg, Siouxland Libraries: "Build reading skills with Reading Kits" Beth will be sharing information about Reading Kits for new readers and how to build this collection at your library. Reading kits are designed to help beginning readers develop and practice core reading skills: background knowledge, comprehension, decoding and fluency. Each skill comes in two levels: New Reader, for those just starting to learn to read and Developing Reader for those ready to take the next step in their reading journey.

  • Friday, June 9

    8:30-11:00
    Review, Post-test amd Graduation Ceremony


Developed with

Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Funding for this program is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the South Dakota State Library.

If you have any questions contact:

Continuing Education Coordinator