January 2011, Volume 3, Issue 1
Check Your Calendars!!
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Public Library Survey
February 1-March 31
2011 National African American Read-in
Read Across America Day
Teen Tech Week
School Library Month
School Library Survey
April 1-May 18
National Library Week
South Dakota Library Week
National D.E.A.R. Day
National Preservation Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
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In this month's issue
SD Book Bag Study Guides ready to download
By John E. Miller, Professor of History Emeritus, South Dakota State University
A couple of years ago, it came to our attention that while book bags are a very popular way to make multiple copies of books available through some South Dakota libraries, only a few of the books that were offered by them were by South Dakota authors or on South Dakota subjects. I and a group of colleagues at SDSU applied for a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council to write 21 study guides for books by SD authors or with a SD theme to be used with book bags. Four of us wound up writing the study guides: Charles Woodard (English), Nels Granholm (Biology/Microbiology and Global Studies), Larry Rogers (Education), and John E. Miller (History). Each study guide is three or four pages long and includes a summary of the book, questions for discussion and a brief biography of the author. Elvita Landau, director of the Brookings Public Library, graciously agreed to provide home base and serve as fiscal agent for the project.
We hope that book clubs and groups, classes, and individual readers will find them helpful in thinking about the books and guiding discussions of them. We are sorry that we cannot furnish the books or the bags themselves, but we expect that libraries will be inspired to make up their own book bags, that smaller libraries will be able to borrow them from larger ones, and that some individuals and groups will see the value of the program and donate funds to enable libraries to purchase books.
We are highly appreciative of the financial support and encouragement given us by the SDHC and the supporting letters written by State Librarian Dan Siebersma and the South Dakota Library Association. We also thank many of you for responding to our survey when the State Library sent it out by e-mail early last year. The guides are available for anybody to download from the websites of the State Library and the South Dakota Humanities Council.
As a means of obtaining evaluations, feedback, and suggestions, we stated in our grant proposal that we would solicit responses from librarians and other users of the study guides. So I would welcome any comments you have initially as well as information about how the study guides are being used and how readers are responding to them as time goes by. Please tell us what you think via e-mail at email@example.com.
SD Public Broadcasting offers extensive resources
One of the major initiatives of SDPB Education & Outreach is working with parents, teachers, caregivers and young children in the Ready To Learn program. The goal: prepare children to begin school “ready to learn.” In conjunction with the RTL program, SDPB Education & Outreach will distribute more than 10,000 books to children and families statewide in 2010-11.
SDPB Education & Outreach presents Science Café events around the state, giving South Dakota’s leading scientists a chance to talk to general audiences. Each event is webcast and archived at Science Café.
The department stresses literacy efforts; including the PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest for K-3 students. Last year one of the South Dakota entrants won a national award (3rd place) for his story in competition with 40,000 children nationwide.
The “SDPB Education Update,” an electronic newsletter, is sent to thousands of educators weekly. The e-newsletter is organized by subject and grade level. Each issue includes weekly programming highlights (including the SDPB Overnight TV Schedule for educators), interesting lesson plans, hands-on activities, interactives and more.
The Education & Outreach Department has worked extensively with SDPB Television and the State Department of Education to develop a number of projects, including programs on the 2010 Initiative, the Native American population, and the Emmy-winning South Dakota history series, “Dakota Pathways.”
SDPB Education & Outreach has many resources available for teachers and families, including:
- Native American Culture Resources
- Resources about Local Heroes
- Search for Resources on PBS Teachers - Here you'll find classroom materials (Lessons, Video, Interactives) suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels.
- Register for Teachers’ Domain - an online library of lessons and activities (Lessons, Video, Interactives) for the classroom.
What is Library Development reading?
Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning
Reviewed by Jane Healy
Finally, a current, understandable book about teaching and applying copyright and fair use in the K-12 school! “I promise,” author Renee Hobbs says, “this book will forever change the way you think about copyright” (p. ix).
In five short chapters, Hobbs gives background on copyright, fair use, and users’ rights. She uses personal experience and real life case studies to develop her points and cites other copyright experts and resources. Her last chapter looks into the future and exhorts educators to advocate. Insets define key terms, and back matter adds resources for learning and teaching.
Hobbs explodes copyright myths and urges school staff to not only claim their users’ rights, but to teach those rights to others. For example, did you know that:
- “Educational Use Guidelines” are not law and not considered by courts?
- the “Four Factors of Fair Use” are not enough to safely claim fair use?
- the “use charts” on some publishers’ websites may be more restrictive than the law?
- a publisher’s having a licensing system doesn’t mean you have to pay?
This book also answers questions such as, when should you request permission of a copyright holder? When and how should students attribute sources they’ve used?
This book will empower school librarians and teachers to discern appropriate use of copyrighted materials and teach their students to be good digital citizens. Hobbs’ purpose is to give readers a “confident understanding in the role that copyright and fair use play in promoting the development of students’ literacy and learning. You and your students will be able to be truly responsible in using copyrighted materials and be able to take advantage of your rights under the doctrine of fair use” (p. ix).
Hobbs seeks to dispel the fear surrounding copyright law and see copyright law applied thoughtfully and fairly for educational use. Reading this book is a big step toward both. This title would be a great addition to any school library, and it is also available from the State Library.