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South Dakota State Library Services: Professional Development

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 EdCampSD School Library EdCamp

Registration is closed for this event.

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.

TeacherLab: 21st Century Library and Research Skills

Multi-module information literacy and research skills course for K-12 educators and librarians.

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)