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Wednesday, September 28

1:00 p.m.—3:50 p.m. PRECONFERENCE

A.L.I.C.E. Training with Michael Burgeson Patrol and Training Lieutenant for the Yankton Police Dept.

ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training prepares individuals to handle the threat of an Active Shooter. ALICE teaches individuals to participate in their own survival, while leading others to safety. Though no one can guarantee success in this type of situation, this new set of skills will greatly increase the odds of survival.

Creating Makers with Megan Egbert Programs Manager for the Meridian Library District, ID and SWIMmer

This pre-conference session will focus on hands-on learning utilizing constructionism as a background to instruct attendees on how to facilitate successful making in the library. Session will include experiencing maker technologies and evaluation ideas for making and will focus on why making matters and why libraries should get on board. 

Getting to the Root of the Reference Question with Brenda Hemmelman and Jane Healy  South Dakota State Library

Librarians are supposed to be able to find the answer to any question! How do we find out what the patron really wants? Where are the best places to go for answers? We will give you some tips, including State Library e-resources and state documents. Bring along an internet-capable device and be ready to practice what you learn.

2:00 p.m.—3:50 p.m. PRECONFERENCE

Library Linked Data for the Uninitiated with Lizzy Baus Minitex

What is this “Linked Data” thing? What does it mean for my library? What’s the benefit for me and my data? What does this have to do with BIBFRAME? If you have ever asked yourself these or similar questions, this is the workshop for you.

4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m. State of the State Library Address with Daria Bossman State Librarian

5:00 p.m.—6:30 p.m. Exhibits Reception with this year’s SDLA Conference Vendors

6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. SDLA Executive Board Meeting everyone welcome to attend

6:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. YARP meeting

6:30 p.m.— Downtown Watertown Art Walk and Dinner

Take some time to enjoy our host city, Watertown.  Eleven sculptures are on display to create Watertown Artwalk.  They start in front of the Watertown Area Community Foundation and continue for three blocks to the Medical Arts Building downtown.  An 11th sculpture is on display at the Redlin Art Center (where the SDLA Dessert Reception will be held).  Dinner is on your own — a great opportunity to meet new people!


Thursday, September 29

7:15 a.m.—8:10 a.m. Breakfast

 New Members Breakfast with SDLA board and representatives

8:15 a.m.—9:30 Keynote -Things I Wish I Could Tell My Librarian with Jeff Kober author, columnist, speaker, facilitator and coach

In a tailored keynote for our conference, J. Jeff Kober shares Things I Wish I Could Tell My Librarian. This event provides big picture insights that can truly impact the experience of your library patrons. Jeff offers a personalized view of how librarians really make a difference when it comes to shaping the lives of others.

9:40 a.m.—10:30

Understanding the Compass of Your Library Patron with Jeff Kober author, columnist, speaker, facilitator and coach

Have you checked out the people who check out your books? In this fast-paced 50 minute break out session, J. Jeff Kober provides new bearings for re-thinking those who hold a library card. You’ll learn ideas that will truly give new insights on how you deal with those visiting the walls of your library. Join us for Understanding the Compass of Your Library Patron.

What Doesn’t Kill You: A Writer's (Sometimes Crazy) Commitment to Getting it Right with April Henry  young adult author

April Henry is the New York Times-bestselling author of 20 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. April’s writing career got its start when she sent Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter.  He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in an international children’s magazine.  Her books for teens include Girl Stolen, which has won numerous awards including the 2012-2013 YARP Teen Choice Book Award for middle school.  April is known for her emphasis on accuracy and research.   This informal presentation will talk about some of the research she has done for her books including being fake kidnapped and learning unlock handcuffs with bobby pins.

What’s New for Your Community in E-Resources with Jane Healy  South Dakota State Library

Attend this session to learn the latest enhancements, updates, and changes in State Library-provided subscription e-resources and see how the e-resources make your library a stronger community partner.

Deep Roots and New Growth: Minitex Cataloging Update with Lizzy Baus and Jolie Graybill

Minitex Digital Initiatives & Metadata Education staff talk about the latest trends and emerging standards in cataloging and resource description. Includes RDA, BIBFRAME (Bibliographic Framework Initiative) development, and OCLC cataloging updates.

Winning Over Decision Makers with Elizabeth Fox (ALA Rep) and Eric Erickson (SDLA Lobbyist)
Find techniques for transforming decision makers into library advocates.  Learn from our newly hired SDLA lobbyist how to work with local and state legislators, council/commission members, alder people, etc. as you work to meet your community’s needs.  Also get tips from the American Library Association’s campaign “Libraries Transform” to work with local and state legislators.


10:30 a.m.—11:15 a.m. Exhibits break

11:15 a.m.—12:05 p.m.

Understanding the Compass of Your Library Patron with Jeff Kober  (repeat session)

Using Standards to Share the Value of Your School Library Program with Mavis Schipman Director of Library Services for the Douglas School District, Box Elder

We all know the value of our own school library programs, but how do we convince others? This presentation will show how library staff in the Douglas School District are using PLC Pacing Guides, Google Docs, email, and school board presentations to promote their K-12 library programs.

Making Readers with Megan Egbert  Programs Manager for the Meridian Library District, ID and SWIMmer

We have all heard how making and makerspaces can encourage STEM learning, but what can they do for literacy? This session will address ways that literacy and making can go hand in hand to enhance your programs offered at the library. By focusing on transliteracy skills, and including maker activities with literacy activities, librarians can better influence the traditional literacy skills they have always targeted.

DIY Community Digitization for Any Budget with Jessica English and Michele Christian  South Dakota State University H.M. Briggs Library

South Dakota State University Archives staff will share practical, replicable methods for developing community digitization events, and introduce free software available for providing access to crowdsourced digital collections. They will provide examples of community digitization initiatives including "Preserving Historic Hobo Day" at SDSU, and program participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm with colleagues while gaining hands-on experience with affordable digitization equipment and software for developing crowdsourced, digital community collections in libraries, archives and museums of all budgets.

Find the Money; Get the Grant with Brenda Hemmelman & Kathleen Slocum  SD State Library

Get the details on how to write a grant proposal, including gathering data, organizing, writing, packaging, and submitting. Then, see a demonstration on how to find grant funders using the Foundation Directory Online database. Learn some tips on what makes a grant proposal stand out to funders.

12:05p.m.—1:15 a.m. Lunch with Library topics round tables

1:15 p.m.—2:15 a.m. KEYNOTE -Librarian Problems: We’re All in this Together with William Ottens Librarian and blogger
Librarians play an important and admirable role in the services libraries provide for our communities, but it's not without frustration. William Ottens, creator of the popular Librarian Problems tumblr, will share the joys and frustrations of librarianship through personal and shared experiences. Having connected with librarians from all over the U.S. and the world through tumblr and other social media platforms, William can promise you: you're not alone.

2:25 p.m.—3:15 p.m.

MPLA Leadership Institute Panel Discussion with Eric Stroshane (MPLA President) and institute participants Maria Gruener, Mary Grace Johnson, Kathy Webber, & Ana Olivier

What is MPLA Leadership Institute and why should I attend?  Join a panel of this year’s attendees and Mountain Plains Library Association President Eric Stroshane to learn about this outstanding opportunity to become a library leader and visionary.

Transforming the School Library into a Learning Commons with Alissa Adams South Dakota State Library

Today's students need a flexible learning environment that meets their 24/7 needs for resources, research, innovation and inquiry. Is this this happening in your school library? Can your students explore, experiment, create and collaborate? Take a look at ten steps you can take to transform the old school library concept into a learning commons for all ages.

Improving your Library Through Focus Groups with Elizabeth Fox, Jessica English and Jeanne Davidson  South Dakota State University H.M. Briggs Library

Focus groups are a research tool utilizing small group discussions to address topics of interest to a library. With relatively little work, focus groups can provide a lot of information about areas that are working well and areas that need improvement. The presenters will discuss some of the theory and best practices for using focus groups and will use examples from focus groups held at SDSU’s Briggs Library by way of illustration.

SD State Retirement with Alan Freng SDRS Retirement Planner

This presentation will provide you with a sound understanding of the retirement programs that are available to you, the importance of retirement planning, and how these plans work together.  Whether you are new to SDRS, early in your career, or in mid or late career, you are encouragedto attend this informative presentation regarding your future benefits and savings options

Prairie Bud/ Prairie Pasque with Children’s Book Award Committee

Hear about the nominees for the Prairie Pasque and Prairie Bud awards.

3:25 p.m.—4:15 p.m.

Social Media for Small Libraries with William Ottens  Librarian and blogger
Sometimes it’s hard to see the worth of using social media for your small library. For those who are new to social media or those lacking creative confidence, this session will provide tips, tools and habits that can help make Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms worth your time.  William Ottens, who has years of experience managing social media sites for both small and large libraries, will take you beyond posting about your events and new books. Learn how fit updates into your already busy schedule and engage your community with thoughtful, timely posts.

OverDrive Panel Discussion

All current South Dakota Titles To Go…, OverDrive, members and other interested libraries are invited to come with questions and/or concerns about the consortium. 

ESSA & School Libraries with Kimberly Darata and Ann Smith Douglas School District, SF School District

ESSA - the Every Student Succeeds Act - was passed in December, 2015. Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESSA replaces NCLB and contains unprecedented language acknowledging the role effective school libraries play in improving student achievement. What exactly does ESSA say about school libraries and what can we do to leverage this legislation to strengthen school libraries in South Dakota?

Mobile Technology for Reference and Instruction with Lynn Klundt and Kristin Echtenkamp  Northern State University Beulah Williams Library

Using mobile technology for reference and instruction can increase student engagement. By using familiar technology librarians are able to meet students at their point-of-need. This program will include a background on the use of mobile technology in the library, a list of useful applications, and how create training for staff.

Marketing without Money with Laurinda Tapper Rapid City Public Library

So many libraries do not have the funds to invest in marketing. This session will share tips and resources for free library marketing including effective techniques for social media

4:25 p.m.—5:15 p.m. Section Meetings

5:30 p.m. —6:15 p.m. Poster Sessions

6:15 p.m. —7:45 p.m. Awards Banquet

8:00 — Dessert Reception at the Terry Redlin Art center


Friday, September 30

7:30 a.m.—8:45 a.m. Breakfast and General Business Meeting

8:45 a.m.—9:45 Keynote- Rooting Data Privacy in Libraries with Eric Stroshane MPLA President

 Data privacy looms large over a panoply of today’s policies, polls, controversies, legislation, and corporate compacts. Unfortunately, the stories and conversations which emerge around it are often marred by alienating jargon, intimidating technical complexities, contradictory claims, and hyperbolic brinksmanship. Today, we’re going to take a step back and examine what we’re really talking about when we talk about encryption. We’ll gain a richer understanding of the interplay between privacy and security while exploring the history of intellectual freedom and of the Internet. Additionally, we’ll examine the tools and operational guidance that are easily within reach for us and for the partners and vendors we rely upon. In so doing, we’ll discover the roles librarians can play at the tangled intersections of paranoia and possibility.

9:50 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

South Dakota Share-It and Interlibrary Loan Procedures through the South Dakota State Library with Brenda Hemmelman and Nina Mentzel

Learn about South Dakota Share-It, the new discovery layer and interlibrary loan interface from Auto-Graphics. In one search, you will be able to simultaneously search up to 100 SD library catalogs and all e-resources licensed by the South Dakota State Library (full-text included). This should allow greater and easier access to current full-text reference and magazine resources. Interlibrary loan functionality in Share-It will allow participating libraries to manage their own requests. Get answers to frequently asked questions on interlibrary procedures through the South Dakota State Library.

Deepen Your Roots with AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning with Mary G. Johnson

As a member of the American Association of School Libraries Best Websites for Teaching and Learning committee, I will share AASL's top 25 free websites that provide “enhanced learning and curriculum development” for use in the library or classroom. These sites encompass six categories, including Media Sharing, Digital Storytelling, Managing and Organizing, Social Networking and Communication, Curriculum Collaboration, and Content Resources. Now in its eighth year, with 200 recognized sites, the list is considered the “best of the best” by AASL.

Trustees Parts & Services with Elvita Landau and Mike Mullin

Got a rattle? Bring it in for service! Join in an engaging discussion about: what's important to you as a trustee? What are your issues? What would you like to accomplish as a representative of the library to your community?  Join two long-time library shade-tree mechanics (aka directors) in tuning up your skills as a trustee and working together as a team with fellow trustees, library staff and the community to 'tune-up' the benefits of the library to your community.

What the Recent E-Rate Changes Mean for Your Library  with Carrie Johnson

Learn about the recent overhaul of the federal E-Rate program and the new opportunities and challenges it creates for libraries. The reforms represent a historic funding boost and gives libraries new tools to strengthen Wi-Fi connections. This presentation will focus on the new reforms and the E-Rate application process.  Carrie Johnson spent six years working on telecom and education policy in the U.S. Senate. Carrie works as the Manager of Government and External Relations for SDN Communications. She received her MBA from Johns Hopkins University. 

 10:40 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

Self-Publishing: fad or growing trend? with Katy Webb

When we hear that someone has self-published, we often pass judgment before we intend to. Traditional publishing opens many doors and provides a ton of resources to authors; but it is often a daunting and stressful road to travel for new writers. It is very unusual for a self-published or independently published book to reach the bestseller list, but it has happened. Most “indie authors” are content to write and share their stories with readers!

A common misconception is that self-published means unpolished. This is not always the case. In addition to independent authors, there are experienced and qualified independent editors, independent cover designers, independent formatters and much more. In this session, we will examine the world of self-publishing and take a look at why the underdogs of the book world are making waves.

21st Century Library School Library Award Panel Discussion

The South Dakota State Library formally and annually recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through its program, place, and professional.  A panel discussion of award winners will address opportunities and challenges as well as best practices in school libraries today.

Growing a Seed Library with Susie Lippert and Kathy Wibbels

This presentation follows the process of how the dream of a seed library became a reality. Learn how the Yankton Community Library partnered with community organizations and entities to turn an idea into a community project housed within the walls of the library.  Follow us through the steps of dreaming, partnering, and funding the Yankton Seed Library.

South Dakota Community Foundation Partnerships

Learn about funding opportunities through the SDCF grant programs while discussing the possibilities that exist through endowment funds and the transfer of wealth in South Dakota. 

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Tools for Teaching Privacy Practices to Patrons with Eric Stroshane

The issues surrounding data privacy are nuanced and evolving. What can’t be denied, however, is that understanding the valences of data privacy is an increasingly crucial part of digital literacy. Teaching patrons to recognize what’s at stake in the data choices they make and how to recognize when information is beyond their control helps them take ownership of their online identities and intelligently take part in this global conversation. Doing so can admittedly be as technologically intimidating as it is valuable, so it is a challenging topic to approach. Let’s break it down and make it manageable!

Finding Hugh Glass with Jim McLaird  CANCELLED

This session will focus on how McLaird’s book emerged, beginning with how little about Glass can be verified and how the story of his mauling, survival, and forgiveness emerged, causing the story to be featured in poetry, fiction, school books, film, and other aspects of popular culture. The author will discuss his research and the emergence of the legend and what it came to mean to people as well as what he learned about the historical figure, Hugh Glass, and the grizzlies that occupied the Great Plains.

YARP Middle School Panel

Northern Plains Peoples & Places (.np3), A Digital Archive Collaboration with Wyeth Lynch and Deb Hagemeier

The Center for Western Studies and Mikkelsen Library have formed a collaboration to create a digital archive and scholarly repository for historical and research materials related to the Northern Plains.    The program will introduce the newly launched website and discuss this collaborative effort that uses ContentDM and other software platforms.

12:20 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Digging Deeper into South Dakota History with Brenda Hemmelman (SDSL) and Kim Smith (SD State Archives)

Do you get reference questions wanting info on Great Grandpa George, who was a state legislator in 1904? What were the hot issues in South Dakota in 1901? Can I find historical information in SD newspapers? Is this all online? YES! The SD State Library and SD State Archives are digitizing many items. Find out what is now available for libraries, researchers, and citizens of SD and beyond.

CANCELLED Data Detective: South Dakota by the Numbers with Callie Tysdal and Eric John Abrahamson  

Is finding reliable, up-to-date, and easy-to-use data for your patrons a daunting task? Let the South Dakota Dashboard help turn you into a data detective. Learn how to navigate over 300 South Dakota online data sets on topics from population statistics to health and the economy data. Discover how easy it is to explore and use data in South Dakota.

YARP High School Panel

FYS: Finding Your Spirit in First Year Seminar with Lisa Brunick

This session will share the journey of designing and implementing the information literacy component for the pilot of Augustana University's First Year Seminar.  Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with First Year Seminar/Experience programs.

1:05 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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