The Weekly Update

from SD State Library School Library Services

October 18, 2021

Do you have a solid collection development policy?

If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you've probably already started thinking about your library's collection development policy. If you don't have one in place or it's time to update your policy, SDSL is here to help with a School Library Collection Development Framework.


Although each school, district, and system is unique and must reflect the mission and goals of the local community, school library improvement operates most efficiently with a plan, policies that further that plan, and procedures that implement those policies. This framework is an outline of best practices for districts to use and adapt to their local needs. It is intended as a guide to be built upon and revised as required by the changing needs of the future ready school community it serves.


I have also started to curate a collection of current policies for your reference. Click the links below.

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The School Library Scoop with Scottie

Episode 6 of the School Library Scoop with Scottie shows you how to begin creating virtual displays for your school library!

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: Ep6 Virtual Displays
HERE IS THE LINK to the virtual accessories document!


CLICK HERE for another great guide on creating virtual displays!


CHECK OUT THIS LINK to view Scottie's virtual displays from 2020-2021!

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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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1 Genrefication Resource (click the pic)

2 Ways to Promote Graphic Novels

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3 Great Programs from SDSL Children & Youth Services

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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.