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Oct. 2019  

  State Library provides valuable resources for school libraries

The South Dakota State Library is a division of the Department of Education. The State Library offers a wide variety of resources to support your school library, administrators, teachers, and students, including school library standards, professional development, and electronic databases.

  • Professional development: The State Library offers a wide variety of free professional development for librarians and other educators, including online and face-to-face courses, such as the annual School Library Boot Camp.
  • South Dakota School Library Standards: These standards were recently updated. A free online course is available to introduce school librarians and other educators to these integrated standards. Registration for the fall session is full; however, another session will be offered in early spring 2020.
  • Electronic databases for schools: The State Library offers free, to all South Dakota citizens, access to more than 50 databases. For K-12 students, databases have been carefully selected for research and inquiry; some are the same databases students will use at the postsecondary level. Free, onsite database trainings are available for school staff. Email David Bradford, Digital Resources Coordinator, or Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator, if you are interested in scheduling a training for your school.
  • The 21st Century School Library Self-Assessment is intended to help guide schools and school librarians in evaluating and setting goals for the library. School libraries can also apply to earn the 21st Century School Library Award.
  • The Collect+Connect blog provides easy-to-use tips, programming ideas, and other resources for school libraries.
For more information, visit library.sd.gov or contact Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator.

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