September 2013, Volume 5, Issue 8
Check Your Calendars!!
Library Card Sign-up Month
International Literacy Day
SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood
Banned Books Week
Banned Websites Awareness Day
Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls
Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha
Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Beyond the Great Gatsby: e-resources for book groups and literature
State Library News and Highlights
Welcome new South Dakota librarians
Several leadership changes have taken place at public libraries across the state. Meet the new librarians who now direct the following public libraries. Stop in and say hello if you happen to travel through these communities:
- Parkston - Trista Friman
- Plankinton - Beth Ann Walz
- Rawlins Municipal Library (Pierre) - Robin Schrupp (begins Sept. 9)
SD documents librarians appointed to Regional Federal Depository Library Advisory Group
Vickie Mix, SD State University documents librarian, and Brenda Hemmelman, SD State Library documents librarian, have been appointed to serve on a Regional Federal Depository Library Advisory Group. The group, organized by Regional Depository Librarian Kirsten Clark from the University of Minnesota (UMN), consists of documents librarians from Minnesota, South Dakota and Michigan. The group was created to ensure the needs of all depository libraries within the region. This Advisory Group will:
- Provide input into the services offered by UMN
- Work with UMN in developing education and training opportunities for the region
- Work with UMN in the revision of the state plan to ensure it remains an active document
- Include membership based on the number of depository libraries within each state served by the Regional Depository Library and will include representation from all types of depository libraries (academic, public, law, special) whenever possible
- Meet virtually at least four times a year and
- Evaluate the service model on an annual basis.
Signs of the times—copyright, printers, copiers and your library
Patrons may think it's okay to print anything they find on the Internet or to copy whatever they find in the library without regard to copyright. Is your library liable if the patron is infringing?
You are not the copyright police, and you don't want to be. Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians (PDF), a circular from the U.S. Copyright Office has information on matters such as these in keeping with copyright law.
Page 20 of the circular spells out exactly what your library should do to make patrons aware of copyright while getting yourself out of the way. This notice should be prominently displayed in at least 18 point type next to public use copiers and printers:
Notice: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
See the entire circular (PDF) for more information.
Do you have a disaster plan?
by Carol Hageman
Do you have smoke alarms, overhead sprinklers and fire extinguishers? Do you have insurance that covers your building and collections? If you answered no to either of the above questions, now is the time to make a plan.
After attending the "Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning Workshops" sponsored by the Dakota Collections Care Initiative (a collaborative project between North Dakota and South Dakota), I was reminded how vulnerable we are with Mother Nature and to ourselves.
The training emphasized that safety is number one. You should have a plan in getting patrons and yourself out of the building and accounted for.
Another important part of a disaster plan is to know who is in charge. After a disaster, when the "ok" is given to enter the building, the person in charge should assign and coordinate disaster team activities. Health and safety officials from outside should be brought in to remove hazardous wastes. Have a first aid station and use it for frequent breaks. Make sure you have security to protect the building's contents. Contact your board members and insurance people to review damages.
Have you tested your smoke alarms? Have you shaken your fire extinguishers to break up the powder on a monthly basis? Have you had fire extinguisher training? Can patrons locate your fire extinguishers, exits easily? Do you have a first-aid kid? Where are your first-aid kits?
If the answer is "no" or "I don't know," put these items on the top of your to-do list. Be ready before disaster strikes.