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Public Libraries (Library Development) | Training Opportunities | Library Training Institute

Madam Bookworm

Library Training Institute

Coordinated by the South Dakota State Library, the Library Training Institute is a four-year program of continuing education for South Dakota-based library practitioners, support staff and trustees of small public libraries. No prior formal library science education, or previous college attendance, is required to attend.


Children's Services & Programming

June 8-13, 2014
Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD

Library Institute is in its 27th year. Share in the experience and get to know your fellow participating librarians from all over the state. Enjoy meals together in the cafeteria and enjoy our host city of AberdeenWeb Link to aberdeen dash chamber dot com.

This year's programming will feature:

  • Joan Upell, School Library Coordinator for the South Dakota State Library will teach and train on Making the Connection: Public Libraries & the Common Core. As a librarian, you will be prepared to work with your school district's school librarians and teachers and assist the students and parents of your community as the Common Core State Standards are implemented.
  • Kristie Maher, Executive Director for the SD Discovery CenterWeb Link to s d dash discovery dot org will bring the STEM resources and Hands-on activities to life. She will be highlighting two unique resources to inspire you: Legos Building Systems and Great Explorations in Math & Science (GEMs) units.
  • Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood LiteracyWeb Link to early lit dot net Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. Will be using CSLP Literacy Manual to share early literacy and science/math concepts with parents and caregivers in summer story time programs for newborn to five year olds and their parents/caregivers. Using this year's summer reading theme Boom, Fizz, Read: Partnering with Parents for Success
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  • Jasmine Rockwell, Children's and Youth Services Coordinator and additional instructors will teach us about children's multicultural literature, policies, procedures, children's library space, technology and social networking.


About Institute

Institute participants can start the program at any point in the curriculum, but must complete the four components in seven (7) years. Institute instructors provide in-depth classes in: the foundations of public library service; public library administration; services to the public; collections; cataloging and metadata; and technology. Students earn college credit from Northern State University, and after completion, are recognized as certified library practitioners.


If you have any questions contact Kathleen Slocum at the South Dakota State Library. You can email her (Email Link ) or 605-773-8438 or 1-800-423-6665.

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The Library Training Institute is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The character of "Madam Bookworm" was created by artist Michael McGourty for the South Dakota State Library. Please respect our arrangement and do not reuse or alter the artwork for your own needs.




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