August 2012, Volume 4, Issue 7
Check Your Calendars!!
Indian Ed Summit
Festival of Books
Banned Books Week
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6
SDLA Annual Conference
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Help your patrons find answers in genealogy resources
Congratulations Public Library Institute Class of 2012
Congratulations to the Public Library Institute graduating class of 2012:
- Virginia Sannes, Meade County School District
- Holly Johnston, Grant County Public Library
- Barb Horsley, Wessington Springs Carnegie Library and
- Delight Robertson, Sisseton Wahpeton College Library
Coordinated by the State Library, the Institute is a four-year program of continuing education. Students attend in-person classes for one week in June on the campus of Northern State University in Aberdeen. Additional classes are taken online between summers. A total of 24 students attended the in-person classes this year.
Public library staff and trustees attending the Public Library Institute learn the basic skills necessary to run an effective public library in a small or medium-sized South Dakota community. Each year has a different emphasis. This year’s focus was research and reference sources including the online databases provided by the State Library to all South Dakota libraries. Participants earn a minimum of 120 contact hours over a four-year period, culminating in a Public Library Management Certificate. Students also earn two college credits each year from Northern State University.
School Library Boot Camp debuts with 34 students
A group of 34 educators from across South Dakota attended the first annual School Library Boot Camp in Spearfish July 22-25. The class was held at Black Hills State University, in cooperation with the South Dakota State Library, for undergraduate or graduate credit. The title of this year's camp was "ShaZam! The Transformation of the 21st Century School Library."
School Library Boot Camp was created to bring together teachers, librarians, administrators, and other interested educators to learn about 21st Century libraries and how they are designed for today's students (School Library Guidelines -PDF). Research shows that an effective school library leads students toward greater achievement (School Libraries Work! -PDF). Boot camp students, including teacher librarians, technology specialists, and paraprofessionals, learned more about the librarian's role with the Common Core State Standards and the need to collaborate with other teachers in all content areas. Other topics included technology use through the State Library's online databases, exciting new children's literature, managing student behavior, the many facets of information literacy, the 21st Century library commons and redesigning school library space, engaging the school principal for library success, the process of curriculum mapping and emerging technologies for the school library. One Boot Camp student appreciated the "greater understanding of state standards, Common Core, and the crosswalk."
During the camp, students discussed and practiced using ideas from these topics, learning and sharing with each other. I loved "being able to collaborate with each other," stated another Boot Camp student. The attendees also toured BHSU's library and Spearfish’s Creekside Elementary Library, where they met Diane Hemminger, librarian at Creekside, who shared information about the process of planning the new school library and its arrangement.
Future boot camps are already in the works on other important topics.
Click Here to view Mary Johnson's Animoto video featuring photos from School Library Boot Camp!
Four Native American Library Services Basic Grants awarded in SD
The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced that four South Dakota tribal communities were recipients of the Native American Library Services Basic Grant with Education/Assessment Option Program.
Grants in the amount of $7,000 each will benefit library/education projects for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Yankton Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe. Nationally 235 grants serving 242 tribes and totaling $1,666,000 were awarded. Further details can be found at IMLS: Press Releases.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage and lifelong learning. To learn more about IMLS, please visit IMLS Website.