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Library Outreach/ LSTA | Training Opportunities | Library Training Institute

Library Training Institute 2016

Library Training Institue Any Time On Time

June 5-10, 2016
Madison, SD

Spend a week in the dorms, have your meals together in the cafeteria and enjoy sharing your information with fellow librarians. This year's lineup will offer you a variety of courses to enhance your current collection and teach you what information is important to the success of your library.

Past students always say "When I attended Library Institute I started the week with colleagues and at the end of the week I left with lifelong friends."


Sharon Osenga, Co-Director of the Central Plains Library System in Nebraska is coming back and exploring topics Collection Development, Weeding, and Reference with lots of hands on activities.

Danielle Loftus, Fine Arts & Technology Librarian from USD is sharing and teaching about social media, and which platforms work best for your community. She will also discuss the research skills that today's high school students need to transition to college.

Shelie Vacek, Health Sciences Librarian from USD Searching the Web for health information can be scary. There are many so-called medical or health information websites that are for-profit, show commercial or political bias, or contain untrustworthy information. Learn how to help your consumers find reliable health information on the web through discussion and activities focused on rural health issues.

Lourdes Aceves, Senior Program Manager, Edge Initiative|Urban Libraries Council will be sharing and teaching students about hands-on tools that support libraries in making strategic decisions and identifying areas for improvement. The Edge Toolkit provides libraries with a comprehensive overview of their current public technology services and community engagement.

SDSL team members:

  • Jane Healy will share electronic resources with other ideas for research.
  • Brenda Hemmelman will present State and Federal Government research resources and,
  • Kathleen Slocum will share "Find the money; get the grant" workshop with hands on activities on the Foundation Directory Online database.

Deadline Registration

  • Current Students: March 4, 2016
  • New Students: March 8, 2016

library training instituteAbout 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. The program requires week-long attendance at four different Institute modules with successful participation in selected online coursework during the fall and winter months in between the June sessions. No prior formal library science education, or previous college attendance, is required to attend.

Institute participants can start the program at any point in the curriculum, but must complete four-year program of continuing education that includes on-campus and off-campus requirements 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 Dakota State University, and after completion, are recognized as certified public 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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