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July 2009, Volume 1, Issue 7

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Library Development

HOP is moving to the Discovery Center

Hands on Partnership for Science, Literature, and Art in South Dakota is leaving the capable hands of program director Kathleen Slocum and the South Dakota State Library. As of July 1, 2009, HOP will be managed by the Discovery Center in Pierre. New contact information for HOP is as follows:

South Dakota Discovery Center
(605)224-8295 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Kristie Maher, Director;
Danette Jarzab, Educational Outreach Coordinator

HOP’s six trailers chock full of hands-on exhibits and activities traveled across South Dakota, landing in 143 locations since the program began three years ago. The six exhibits: Animals As Architects, Bug’s Eye View, Dinostories, Light and Color, the Termesphere Exhibit, and Go Figure! were viewed by 180,000 people in the state. Their renewal rate--booking of another exhibit after one had been in a town--was 91%. Indeed, the community of Murdo hosted five exhibits in two and a half years! Exhibits garnered comments such as:

“… a wonderful chance for small towns to have a new and educational experience that they never would’ve been able to get… ”

“We did a backpack program; we can now have HOP exposure all year round.”

“I saw a lot of people in the library because of [the exhibit] Dinostories. This was a great way to introduce people to the library.”

Kathleen’s efforts were integral to the program’s success, and we extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation for her hard work and enthusiasm. As Kathleen continues to work at the State Library on other projects, she hopes the good citizens of South Dakota will continue to support the HOP program.

Cooperative effort lands grant for South Dakota librarians

South Dakota is part of a collaborative that has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The $730,659 grant provides scholarships to recruit and educate 50 librarians and school library media specialists to work in the region’s rural communities.

The partnership of the South Dakota State Library, Montana State Library, Idaho Commission for Libraries, and Wyoming State Library recently received word of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant.

Students studying for a master’s degree in library science will participate in the University of North Texas distance education program. School library media students will attend either Montana State University or Black Hills State University in South Dakota.

The project will emphasize recruiting from the region’s largest minority groups -- Hispanics and Native Americans -- to increase representation of these groups among the region’s professional library staffs. Students receiving scholarships will begin their program of study in the fall of 2010.

“This was a great cooperative effort,” said State Library Continuing Education Coordinator Colleen Kirby. “I am confident that many of South Dakota’s libraries will reap the benefits of this grant program for years to come.”

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science.

Since its inception in 2003, the program has funded the education and training of 3,220 master’s degree students, 186 doctoral students, 1,256 pre-professionals, and 26,206 continuing education students. The program also supports grants for research on library education and library staffing needs, curriculum development, and continuing education and training.

For more information, go to the Grant Opportunities section or contact Colleen Kirby at the South Dakota State Library at 1-800-423-6665.

grants, HOP, IMLS

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