The Weekly Update

from SD State Library School Library Services

October 25, 2021

SD State Library LSTA Evaluation Survey

It's time once again for the 5-year evaluation of South Dakota State Library programs funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). SDSL wants to know your thoughts on library programs funded by LSTA, including the Public Library Training Institute, online databases, interlibrary loan, the Braille and Talking Book service, and many more.

Library consultant Carson Block is conducting our evaluation and has prepared a short (4 minute) video introducing the LSTA evaluation and a survey for you to share your thoughts.

If you want to go right to the survey, please do! The survey will be open until November 14.

SDSL LSTA Survey Time!
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The School Library Scoop with Scottie

Episode 7 of the School Library Scoop with Scottie is all about Miss Humblebee's Academy!

The Scoop is a new platform for short tutorials on school library services, technology tips and trends, and so much more. If you have suggestions or requests for future topics, please click the "Topic Suggestions" button below. Past episodes can be viewed on SDSL's YouTube Channel.

School Library Scoop with Scottie: Ep7 Miss Humblebee's Academy
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1 Mindful Minute

Join Breathe For Change Founder & CEO, Dr. Ilana Nankin, as she leads you through a simple breathing practice designed to center, calm, and refocus. Want more educator wellness and social-emotional learning? Visit to start your wellness journey today.

3 Collective Breaths

2 Wakelets for School Library Grant Opportunities

If you're looking for grant opportunities for your library, these two resources may be able to help!

Wakelet #1 :: Grants for School Libraries

Wakelet #2 :: Education Related Grants

3 Prairie Award Book Trailers

Check out these videos (click to view) of the Prairie Award Books produced by the South Dakota Library Association Children's Book Awards Committee. For more information on and resources for these books, click HERE.
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Save the Date for ExCITE!

ExCITE! (formerly School Library Boot Camp) is an annual professional development opportunity for South Dakota librarians and educators. The SD State Library partners with Black Hills State University to offer ExCITE! for undergraduate or graduate credit. This two credit course can be applied to the Library Methods requirement of the BHSU School Library Media minor and the SD DOE Library Media endorsement. It can also be used for teacher renewal.

LSTA federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services provides speakers, resources, and full-tuition scholarships for attendees.

Each year brings a new theme, new personal connections, and new learning. Join us during the month of July where we will explore Information Literacy in a fully on-line course. Registration will open in Spring 2022.

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NEW SD School Library Facebook Group!

The SD State Library's Collect + Connect Facebook Group is for SD School Librarians! Join to share your ideas and photos, ask your questions, reach out for advice, and discuss all of the awesomeness that happens in your library!

..from SDSL School Library Services

The Weekly Update is a correspondence from the South Dakota State Library focusing on current topics in school libraries, best practices, resources, professional development, and more.