January 2015, Volume 7, Issue 1
Check Your Calendars!!
New Year's Day
Copyright Law Day
Science Fiction Day
World Braille Day
Poetry at Work Day
Kid Inventors Day
Martin Luther King Day
SDLA Legislative Day
Tackling Textbook Costs Through Open Educational Resources: A Primer
Jan. 29-30, Chicago
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 30- Feb. 3, Chicago
Digital Learning Day
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Save patrons time – add the State Library's subscription e-resources links to your school or library website
In this month's issue
South Dakota Library Association Legislative Day at the Capitol
by Stephanie Bents, SDLA Issues Committee
Rapid City Central's Festival of Trees
by Marsha Mertes, Rapid City Central High School Library
Community partnerships create a win-win situation
by Doris Ann Mertz, Custer County Library director
Is E-rate 2.0 worth the effort? Yes!
by Debra Kriete, South Dakota E-rate Coordinator
January Continuing Education Opportunities
Electronic Resources Challenge, winter 2015, starts soon
Back by popular demand, the self-paced online Electronic Resources Challenge 2015 will run from Jan. 26 - April 13, 2015.
Children's and YA Services
Don't give up on Skype
With all of the various types of video conferencing software that is coming out at lightning speed, it can be easy to forget that where we work has a harder time jumping on board with technology.
Teen Librarian Toolbox
Want to do more for your teens?
Free foreign language e-books for kids
Needing books for young immigrant populations is not something that only big cities have to contend with any more. A number of South Dakota communities are seeing a growing number of immigrants.
Children's Day/Book Day/Día de los Niño's is coming
Every April 30, libraries and families across the county celebrate "Día."
National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards applications now open!
Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process.
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Save patrons time
add State Library subscription e-resources links to your school or library website
Public library opportunity -- Freegal Music and Freading eBooks
The South Dakota State Library is pleased to announce its coordination of two affordable self-funded programs for purchase by South Dakota public libraries: Freading and Freegal.
Re-envisioning the public library
By Daria Bossman, State Librarian
Trustee Wiki keeps your library on track
When questions arise about your library's governance and mission, you and your trustees can turn to the South Dakota State Library Trustee Wiki.
Making the most of your library's technology services
Virtually all of our libraries across South Dakota provide public computers and Internet access.
Programming tips learned at the recent AzLA/MPLA regional conference
The session "Creative Programming for 20- to 40-something Adults" was presented by librarians from the Mesa Public Library
Upcoming legislative session
The 90th South Dakota Legislative Session will open at noon CST on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
What are we reading?
Tweet with your colleagues on Jan. 29
Join us on Twitter to make connections, ask questions and share information.
South Dakota librarians attend the SLJ Leadership Summit
The School Library Journal hosted is 10th Annual Leadership Summit "Fire it Up! Sparking Creativity and Motivating Students" on Oct. 25-26, 2014.
Why Didn't I Think of That?
Project station serves as mini-makerspace
Grant County Library's makerspace in Milbank takes up little more room than an ordinary computer workstation...
Tech Tips: Do you Skype? You should, it's free!
Skype lets you call, see, instant message and share files with anyone else on Skype.