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South Dakota State Library Services

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


Public Library Survey and School Library Survey deadlines extended.
     Public Library Survey: Wednesday, April 15th. Contact
     School Library Survey: Friday, May 15th. Contact or

Open Meetings:
SD Codified Law on Open Meetings
Information from SD Attorney General's Office

How to make/wear face masks - from the CDC
Telling Your StoryDocumenting COVID-19 in South Dakota - help the SD State Historical Society document the pandemic in South Dakota. 


E-Resource Information

JSTOR has “an expanded set of content that is available to institutions where students have been displaced due to COVID-19 through June 30, 2020”.


  • Resources: Interdisciplinary, curriculum-aligned resources to support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate.  Please note, Miss Humbelbee’s Academy is provided on this site also. Our message on the site about sharing resources – “If you have access to these resources through your public, school, district or statewide library, please leverage those resources so you can capture the usage at the appropriate account level.  If you plan to share any of the additional open resources with students, faculty, patrons or other people in your community, please let them know they may be prompted to enter with a password.  The password is “open.”
  • Training: Live and on-demand training materials to help partners optimize their existing resources 
  • Supporting Online Learning: Professional development eBooks to help those transitioning to and strengthening virtual learning 
  • Expert Insights: Authoritative Gale resources to support research on health-related topics and global issues

Learn at Home

  • We want you to know that Scholastic is here for you, your teachers, and of course, your students and their families.
  • Regardless of your virtual learning plans, preparing instructional content for weeks away from school can be daunting. To support you, we’ve created the Scholastic Learn at Home website. This free resource provides all students with 20* days’ worth of learning journeys that span the content areas so you can keep your students academically active while your buildings are closed.
  • The site supports students with approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects, articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These daily learning opportunities were carefully curated by our editors to reduce the burden on teachers and families needing to create meaningful learning experiences.
  • The Scholastic Learn at Home website has the username or password posted on the first page, so it is open freely to all, on any device. They are designed to limit the need for printing and allow students to learn independently or with their families.
  • We welcome you to share this free resource with your communities by including in your virtual education plans or including the link on your school and/or district websites.
  •  - Keeping Kids Reading, Thinking, and Growing

            Username: Learning20

            Password:  Clifford

Booklist Announces Free Online Access for All

Posted: 19 Mar 2020

By Booklist Reader

As of today, all Booklist and Book Links content on is freely available until further notice.

“The COVID-19 threat is unprecedented and will continue to cause extreme disruption, both personally and professionally,” said George Kendall, editor and publisher of Booklist Publications. “At Booklist, published by the American Library Association, we want to help minimize these disruptions where we can for all library staff along with their students and patrons. With that in mind, we hope the following information and resources will be helpful.”

“We appreciate our readers and understand you are facing major challenges and disruptions,” Kendall said. “Please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know how we can help.”   read more →


What is Faculty Select?

Faculty Select is a single interface where faculty can easily discover and access Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as find and request access to unrestricted, DRM-free e-books from top academic publishers.

With this option, EBSCO is offering a simplified version of Faculty Select that includes access to OER material as well as the option to discover more than 225,000 DRM-free EBSCO eBooks™ in one place, available at no charge for faculty to use through June 30, 2020. Contact your EBSCO representative if you have any questions or want to learn more.

Faculty can use this link to access now.

How will it work?

Faculty can then search more than 12,400 Open Educational Resources, and copy/paste links to relevant materials into their Learning Management System (LMS) or send links to the material directly to students to access.

Faculty can also search and discover more than 225,000 DRM-free EBSCO eBooks; if they discover an e-book of interest, they can contact their librarian to discuss potentially purchasing.

Learning Express Library provides resources for Career, Practice Tests, Elementary, Middle School, and High School.

Here is "How-To" information: Learning Express

There is a full length video (20 minutes), plus shorter ones on each aspect of how to use the resource.

There is also a one page Quick Start Guide here: Quick Start Guide



Candid is granting free public access to the Foundation Directory Online "Essential" version of their massive grants database during the COVID-19 event. 

The FDO Essential version has access to 103,000+ expanded grantmaker profiles, 300,000+ contacts (key decision makers and leaders), and searchable 990s and 990 PDFs. 

Trying to search for grants from home? You can access Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online through the SD State Library by clicking here. 

SD State Library can also assist you with funding searches directly. Contact for help. 

Please see the attached list of databases with temporary access until June 2020.

ProQuest has a Coronavirus Research Database. You may access it in either of these ways:

Direct link: ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database


If you access one of our other ProQuest resources, like ProQuest Research Library, if you click on Change databases:

You will see it on the list:

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Webinars/General Information


WEBINARS: current and archived

A webinar sponsored by GALE: AL Live webcast "Libraries and COVID-19: Managing Strategies and Stress" 

Webinar recording

Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright during a Crisis webcast on April 3, 2020 using WebEx.

Your follow-up resources include:


Amigos Library Services Webinar recording:

"Know and Go: Don't Stand So Close to Me - Strategies you need right now to respond to COVID-19 in your face-to-face and remote work spaces" Click on Watch on the web instead