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South Dakota State Library Services: Professional Development

A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.

Professional Development Opportunities for School Library Staff

School Library Boot CampSDSL School Library Boot Camp 2018

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School Library Boot Camp is a multi-day, annual training opportunity for all types of educators - teacher-librarians, classroom teachers, reading specialists, paraprofessionals, and administrators. Boot Camp is a graduate or undergraduate level college course offered by Black Hills State University and the SD State Library.

The theme for Boot Camp 2018 is titled: 21st Century Literacies: The School Library Connection.  We'll learn about digital literacy, media literacy, and information literacy and how these can be used to advance teaching and learning in the library and classroom.

All hotel reservations and costs, as well as meals and transportation costs, are the responsibility of the individual student. Full scholarships are available to cover tuition costs for South Dakota residents who successfully complete Boot Camp.

Some evening hours are required. Students will need to bring an Internet-ready device. Wi-Fi will be provided.

SD School Library EdCampSD School Library EdCamp

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WHAT IS SD SCHOOL LIBRARY EDCAMP? A free professional development event sponsored jointly by the South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) and the South Dakota State Library (SDSL). 

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN EDCAMP? It's an independently organized and hosted 'unconference' conference. An EdCamp agenda is created by the participants at the start of the event; sessions are not scheduled ahead of time like a traditional conference. Because content is participant-driven, attendees are encouraged to arrive with a willingness to share. It's a flexible, casual time to network with other librarians, share knowledge and expertise, and leave with new ideas and practical information.

WHAT HAPPENS AT SD SCHOOL LIBRARY EDCAMP? During the first part of the camp, you will mingle with other librarians and settle in for the unconference.  There will be an empty session board where participants post session topics.  From this, a schedule of sessions is created and participants rotate through those sessions. There are no rules for topics - you decide what you want to learn. Topics can include but are not limited to: collaboration, collection development, literacies, OER, eResources, advocacy, standards, curriculum, programming, tech tools, Makerspaces...


#schsdsl Twitter Challenge

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#schsdsl Twitter Challenge is a self-paced, on-demand learning tool that seeks to help school librarians dive into the world of Twitter while earning contact hours. Make your way through 20 tasks designed to develop the habit of using Twitter for professional purposes. You'll customize your professional Twitter account, explore features, and connect with colleagues and organizations.

More PD offered by SD State Library

SD Dept. of Education PD 

Other Online PD/CE
Free content-rich webinars for PreK-12 educators.  Earn CE certificates.

School Library Coursework

Black Hills State University (offers 20-hour undergraduate online minor/endorsement)

Emporia State (offers endorsement only or a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science)

School Library Boot Camp (offering two credits which apply to the Black Hills State University 20 credit endorsement program)

Western Dakota Technical Institute (offers online and on-site coursework leading to a 1-year undergraduate diploma or a 2-year certificate)