This free service is for South Dakota residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print materials due to visual, physical, or learning disabilities. Braille & Talking Book program provides recorded, braille, large-print, and descriptive videos.
Should you have questions or needs regarding programming, website recommendations, and literacy issues for children and teens, please do not hesitate to call the State Library! The State Library coordinates the summer reading program beginning with Jumpstart trainings and providing CSLP manuals. Visit https://library.sd.gov/LIB/CYS/index.aspx for even more programs and contact Laura.Kelly@state.sd.us for more information.
Is your library a school/public combo library or are you considering such a collaboration?
Review the information provided at the bottom of the Library Board/Trustee page to learn more about combo libraries and how they operate.
State library staff provides consultation and assistance to libraries in many areas including administration, trustees, grants, standards, and statistics. See the Public Library Services and the School Libraries page for more details.
As a new library director, you should be familiar with SD Codified Law as it relates to libraries.
To help you keep up with the ever-changing library world, the State Library provides continuing education opportunities in a variety of formats including in-person workshops, online webinars and teleconferences, and online tutorials. Offered every year are the Public Library Institute and ExCITE! (formerly School Library Boot Camp) Visit the individual LibGuides pages for these two events at the left.
Kathleen Slocum, Continuing Education Coordinator, shares many helpful webinars on the SDSL listservs and has placed links below for use. To sign up for a listserv, visit https://listserv.sd.gov/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=SDPUBLIB&A=1 and look for SDPUBLIB, SDSCHLIB, or SDACALIB in the dropdown list.
State library research staff are available to help your library staff find the answers to questions that require extensive research or even the use of resources that your library may not otherwise have access to. Please call the state library at 1-800-423-6665 or email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each library in SD is assigned a library card number that can be used to order items through SD Share-It if you are not a participating library. If you don't know your library card number, call the state library. For all information on interlibrary loan services at the state library, visit http://libguides.library.sd.gov/services/ILL
It is important to be involved in state and regional library associations. Library conferences provide excellent training opportunities and making connections with other librarians through these associations is invaluable. Linked below are some state and regional associations to check out.
Contact any senior librarian at the SD State Library for assistance!
1-605-773-3131 or 1-800-423-6665, Option 5