Welcome to New South Dakota Librarians!
Welcome to the South Dakota library world! Public and school libraries are wonderful places to work--full of fun and fascinating information. They can also be confusing sometimes, especially when you are a new librarian. The South Dakota State Library wants to help you navigate this new world so we've gathered some information that will help guide you. If there is anything else we can do to help you in your new position, please let us know.
What the State Library provides for YOU.
Braille & Talking Book Program
This free service is for South Dakota residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print materials due to visual, physical, or learning disabilities. Braille & Talking Book program provides recorded, braille, large-print, and descriptive videos.
Children & Youth Services
Should you have questions or needs regarding programming, website recommendations, and literacy issues for children and teens, please do not hesitate to call the State Library! The State Library coordinates the summer reading program beginning with Jumpstart trainings and providing CSLP manuals.
State Library Staff provides consultation and assistance to libraries in many areas including administration, trustees, grants, standards, and statistics. See the Library Development page and the School Libraries page for more details.
To help you keep up with the ever-changing library world, the State Library provides continuing education opportunities in a variety of formats including in-person workshops, online webinars and teleconferences, and online tutorials. Review the Continuing Education page for upcoming and archived opportunties.
The State Library provides electronic access to many state publications through our Digital Services program.
Many electronic resources are provided by the State Library including subjects such as genealogy, business, health, and medicine. State Library staff also provide training, troubleshooting, and assistance for these electronic resources.
Listservs, the Cornerstone, and other communications
Signing up for listservs help you keep in touch with what's going on in other libraries around the state. The State Library also publishes the Cornerstone e-newsletter 10 times a year. Are you on social media? If so, also find the State Library on the following sites:
State Library Research staff are available to help your library staff find the answers to questions that require extensive research or even the use of resources that your library may not otherwise have access to. Please call the State Library at 1-800-423-6665 or use this form request an article.
The South Dakota Department of Education, in partnership with MetaMetrics®, coordinates a year round reading initiative to bolster student reading achievement. Read! SD provides access to a variety of free resources for parents, teachers and librarians to support reading. Explore Find a Book South Dakota and follow Read! SD on Facebook for the latest news.
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South Dakota Library Association
SDLA is a statewide organization representing libraries, library employees, library trustees, and library supporters. SDLA provides leadership and educational opportunities and supports its members in the meeting the challeges of providing quality library service to all South Dakotans. Visit sdlibraryassociation.org for more information.
South Dakota Library Network
SDLN is a multi-type consortium of over 70 SD libraries that share their online catalogs and purcase access to several electronic resources. Visit sdln.net for more information.