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South Dakota State Library Services

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

Professional Development for School Library Staff

School Library Boot Camp

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 course can be applied to the Library Methods requirement of BHSU School Library Media minor and the DOE endorsement.

The 2018 School Library Boot Camp was held July 23-26 at the State Library in Pierre and the theme was titled 21st Century Literacies: The School Library Connection with a focus on digital literacy, media literacy, and information literacy. Award-winning blogger and teacher-librarian Jennifer LaGarde engaged campers in a variety of activities including a BreakoutEDU encounter which challenged campers both physically and digitally. In addition, Northern State University librarians Kristin Echtenkamp and Lynn Klundt taught about media literacy and its importance in today's world.

LSTA federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services pays for speakers and other resources, as well as full-tuition scholarships for attendees. All travel costs are the responsibility of the individual student.

Some evening hours & an Internet-ready device are required. 

Date for 2019 has not yet been determined.


SD School Library EdCamp

SD School Library EdCamp

School Library EdCamp is an 'unconference' conference hosted on both sides of the state and at the same time! This free professional development opportunity is sponsored jointly by the South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) and the South Dakota State Library (SDSL). Read more about this participant-driven event.

Registration is closed.


#schsdsl Twitter Challenge

#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. Get started today!


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