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2023 Archive

Registration is open for Jump Start 2023! Join your fellow librarians and staff across the state in the annual Summer Reading workshops! Go over the CSLP theme "All Together Now" with activities and planning for your summer programming. Select from 6 locations and 2 virtual workshops.

ExCITE! Reboot Information Literacy Course
Registration is open for February's ExCITE! Reboot course on Information Literacy. This is an online course focusing on the second strand of the SD School Library Standards in which we'll learn about the research process from start to finish. This is a professional development opportunity for school librarians and all other school professionals.

SDSL's Cornerstone: Library Development newsletter

  • Dec 1: School Libraries Make a Powerful Difference in Student Achievement
  • Dec 8: Four Community Partnerships Your Library Should Nurture
  • Dec 15: November Federal Publication – Swift Fox

How to find Consumer Reports Available in MasterFILE Complete .

Watch the recorded Gale Primary Sources - Indigenous Peoples of North America Webinar

South Dakota Department of Education Bibliography of State Library: November 2022

SDSL's School Library Monthly Update newsletter: Fall 2022

  • September: Collaboration
  • October: Electronic Resources
  • November: Ditch Dewey or Don't
  • December: A LOOK BACK AT 2022

Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant: This grant program promotes early childhood literacy in the rural South Dakota communities, awarding up to 30 public libraries $1500 in 2023. Registration opens December 1.

SDSL's Cornerstone: Library Development newsletter

  • Nov. 3: Collect + Connect for Public and Academic Libraries
  • Nov. 10: Kudos to the 2022 21st Century School Library Awardees
  • Nov. 17: "A New Technology Plan for 2023" Webinar

Collect + Connect Meet-ups:

  • School Libraries: Dec. 7
  • Public Libraries: Dec. 14
  • Academic Libraries: Dec. 15

The latest episode of #LoudLibrariansLead has Amber Wilde (Spearfish) and Lydia Schnaible (Bowdle) speaking with Laura Kelly and Kathleen Slocum about Library Accreditation.

Electronic Resources Trainings:
- Nov. 10: Get to Know Gale Primary Sources - Indigenous Peoples of North America

Collect + Connect Monthly Meetups

  • School Libraries: Nov. 2
  • Public Libraries: Nov. 9
  • Academic Libraries: Nov. 17

TrueFlix subscription ended Oct. 31, but DID YOU KNOW that SDSL has other educational resources that include video? Check out WorldBook and Swank K-12 Streaming (for K-12 public schools) on our Electronic Resources page.

SDSL Cornerstone:

  • Oct. 6: October is TeenTober in our Libraries
  • Oct. 13: 6th Annual Performers Showcase
  • Oct. 20: Archives in South Dakota and their Digital Collections Zoom Session
  • Oct. 27: #LoudLibrariansLead - Library Accreditation

WhoFi Community Calendar : New program registration feature for participating libraries.

Archives in South Dakota and their Digital Collections
- Oct. 27 Learn how academic librarians at Augustana University, SD State University, and the University of SD are working to make collections in their library archives available digitally for all to access and use.

Get your tickets to the 6th Annual Virtual Performance Showcase! Registration is open between now and Nov. 1.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has uploaded the FY2020 Public Library Survey Data. Find the most current 2021 data for individual South Dakota public libraries on our Library Resource Guides PLS page.

TrueFlix subscription ends Oct. 31.

Loud Librarians Lead!
Meet South Dakota State Library's State Librarian, George Seamon.

SD State Library Board Quarterly meeting
South Dakota Library Association Conference
Brookings, Sep. 28, 2022

SDSL Cornerstone:

  • Sept. 1: Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month!
  • Sept. 8: School and Public Library Collaboration
  • Sept. 15: September Federal Publication - Designing the Nation's Capital
  • Sept. 22: Grant County Public Library Awarded Digital Literacy Grant
  • Sept. 29: Loud Librarians Lead -- Meet the new State Librarian

Employment Opportunities at SDSL: Senior Librarian/Youth Services Coordinator

LSTA: South Dakota State Library Five-Year Plan 2023-2027
- Approved Aug. 2022

SDSL Digital Resources Course
Register for this two-week introduction course to the databases provided by the South Dakota State Library. This virtual course will take place Oct. 17-28th, and is worth four continuing education contact hours.

Make plans to attend the annual South Dakota Library Association Conference in Brookings, Sept. 28-30.

Loud Librarians Lead! -- Serving on Committees
Emily Harris, librarian from Siouxland Libraries, and Mary Jo Parker, library director from Lake Andes Carnegie Public Library, join Laura Kelly to talk about their experiences serving as committee members for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Hear how they get back more than they give.

SDSL Cornerstone:

  • Aug. 4: Read for the Record with SDSL
  • Aug. 11: SDSL Database Statistics for Fiscal Year 2022
  • Aug. 18: Welcome SDSL's New State Librarian
  • Aug. 25: Loud Librarians Lead -- Serving on Committees

Interlibrary Loan Alert: If you are experiencing issues with courier service, please notify Brenda Hemmelman .

Library Directors/Staff Voluntary Certification
Through certification, the State Library recognizes public library directors and staff who update knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. Certification is valid for three years. To renew at the same level will require 30 contact hours of continuing education. Application deadline is Sept. 2.

SDSL's School Library Monthly Update newsletter: Summer 2022

  • August edition
  • July edition
  • June edition

SDSL Cornerstone:

  • July 7: Back to School with Swank: Q&A Session
  • July 14: July Federal Publications - Petroglyphs
  • July 21: ExCITE! Offers School Librarians and Other Educators an Opportunity to Learn
  • July 28: Online Learning Opportunities for Libraries

Did You Know: Consumer Reports are available through MasterFILE Complete


  • It's Time to report statistics!
  • Count every attendee every time they attend
  • Summer Reading Program Survey due: Sept. 12, 2022

CANCELLED: SD State Library Board Quarterly meeting, July 2022

School Libraries: Back to School with Swank -- Virtual Q&A Session - Recording Available

The South Dakota State Library will be closed on Monday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.

Loud Librarians Lead! Muggles in the LIBRARY! - June/July 2022

SDSL Cornerstone:

  • June 2: Tips for a Successful Technology Reference Interview
  • June 9: State Library Recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
  • June 16: Why Should I Attend Library Conferences?
  • June 23: Upcoming SDSL Webinar: South Dakota in Ancestry Library Edition
  • June 30: Loud Librarians Lead

SDSL's School Library Weekly Update newsletter

  • May 2: Summer Reading
  • May 9: NEW Electronic Resources!
  • May 16: School Year Wrap-Up Edition!
  • May 23: Your Guide to WEEDING!
  • May 31: 21st Century School Library Award WINNERS!

Loud Librarians Lead! Building Partnerships - May 2022

SDSL Cornerstone:

  • May 5: South Dakota Book Award Winners
  • May 12: Swank in Action
  • May 19: May Federal Publication: Sandhill crane
  • May 26: Loud Librarians Lead

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
Media Release, May 25, 2022

SD State Library Board Quarterly meeting : Sturgis Public Library, May 19, 2022