June 2011, Volume 3, Issue 6
Check Your Calendars!!
ALA Annual Conference
Indian Education Summit
SDLA Annual Conference
SD Festival of Books
AASL National Conference
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Learning Express Library helps summer job seekers
Next South Dakota Titles to Go sign-up deadline is June 30
Thinking about joining the 21 public libraries who already participate in SD Titles to Go, a downloadable ebook and audiobook collaborative? The next sign-up deadline is June 30. Act now to get information and talk to your board.
Collaborative members purchase a shared collection of downloadable e-books and audiobooks for their patrons' use, available to them 24/7.
Since its launch, SD Titles to Go has gotten positive response. One happy patron said, "The download of the e-books worked great on my new smart phone. I downloaded my first book and have a few on the wait list. Some books are already checked out, but you just put the ones you want on your wait list. I hope they keep adding titles. Thanks for getting this all set up. It’s going to be awesome."
Participating libraries show increases in new library card requests and checkouts.
For details about joining the program, see library.sd.gov.
AASL Vision Tour stops at Washington High School in Sioux Falls
It was all about the library at Washington High School on April 26! Students, staff, administration, school board members and many other visitors, including First Lady Linda Daugaard, gathered to welcome American Association of School Librarians President Nancy Everhart as she made a stop in Sioux Falls. Everhart is traveling the country on a Vision Tour to highlight exemplary school libraries and their essential role in education.
As part of her presidential year, Everhart requested that each state library association select one school library that reflects 21st Century practices, serves a diverse student population and is staffed by an AASL member librarian. Washington High School Library, under the leadership of Librarian Kerri Smith, met all of the AASL criteria and was designated as South Dakota’s stop on the tour. Smith and her two library assistants, Brenda Bainbridge and Denise Vig, serve over 2,000 students in grades 9-12. In the seven years that Smith has been at Washington the circulation has grown from 10,000 items a year to over 55,000 this year.
The Washington Library is a place for reading, books, information, technology, collaboration, and much more for all students and staff. Students proudly led the celebration with a skit, book trailers, new bookshelf art, quotes about the library and even a digital library quiz.
To learn more about the Vision Tour and see highlights of the Washington celebration visit Nancy Everhart’s blog at Vision Tour: Outstanding School Libraries.
One Book SD mini-grants recipients announced
The State Library, in collaboration with the South Dakota Humanities Council, announces 15 mini-grants to public libraries. These "quick grants" as referred to by the SDHC are for free registrations for the One Book South Dakota program. The 2011 discussion title is The Journey of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III. Public libraries serving a population under 10,000 were eligible to apply.
Congratulations to the following public libraries receiving this grant:
- Jackson County
- Custer County
- Elkton Community
- Irene Community
- Wessington Public
- Platte Public
- Centerville Community
- Potter County
- Faith Community
- Northwest Regional (Buffalo)
- Alcester Public
- Dorothee Pike Memorial (Lake Preston)
- Beresford Public
- Haakon County
- Bison Public
The State Library is proud to partner with the South Dakota Humanities Council in this and other collaborative endeavors. The participating libraries are to notify the SDHC of dates set for their local program. They are asked to also publicize the event with credits given to contributing sponsors, the SDHC and the SDSL. More details about the One Book SD program may be found on SDHC: One Book South Dakota.