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Poster Session Abstracts

Megan Eggers - Piedmont Valley Library

“Virtual Programming in a Rural Community”

The worldwide pandemic and the political and civil rights upheavals of 2020 have forced many libraries to move programming to the virtual world. But what does this look like in a rural community, where many of the library's patrons are on the wrong side of the digital divide or where the bulk of the population doesn't have the technology skills to access information and programming? This poster would detail some specific, functional ideas for reaching socially distanced patrons in an increasingly virtual world.

Maria Gruener and Jamie Formanek - Watertown Regional Library

“Using Discord for Online Programming

The Watertown Regional Library staff used Discord to provide most of their summer programming including book clubs, game nights, dungeons and dragons, and guest speakers. Learn how this security conscious text, voice, and video app was used to provide online programs.

Stephen Johnson - Business and Public Policy Librarian The University of South Dakota

“An Examination of Full-Text Journals in “Proquest Central’s” Subject-Specific Databases from the Standpoint of “Repackaging”

I was a task force member for Minitex’s Shared E-Resources [SER] Committee in 2014 and 2020.  Our task force advises Minitex and the Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota libraries in selecting e-resources.  One database that was examined was "Proquest Central," an impressive package but one beyond Minitex’s economic wherewithal.  This  database is comprised of two main components: "Proquest Research Library" and the "ABI/Inform" business database.  South Dakota's libraries have access to the former but not "ABI/Inform."  "Proquest Central" also contains "subject specific" databases that I was most interested in (e.g. "Biological Science Database," "Criminal Justice Database" and "Psychology Database."  My poster session examines the extent to which journals currently available in full-image or text from 15 of these databases are in the "Proquest Research Library" which is available to South Dakota Libraries.  My investigation focuses on whether “repackaging” transpired with the “subject specific” databases.

Laura Kelly – South Dakota State Library 

“READsquared Rundown”

Experience a brief rundown of READsquared and how to use it effectively in your library programming. READsquared is software that allows South Dakota's public libraries to manage their reading programs online. READsquared makes it easy and fun for your users to sign up from home, track reading goals and collect incentives. This poster session addresses summer reading, winter reading, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and more! 

Krista Licht - Rapid City Public Library

RCPL's Summer Reading Program During COVID-19

In this poster session, I want to highlight the creative ways that Rapid City Public Library (RCPL) has made the 2020 Summer Reading Program successful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of in-person events, RCPL has transitioned to virtual events and story time videos posted online twice a week. Librarians create weekly take-and-make crafts for children and teens, and twice-monthly adult DIY crafts with instructional videos made by a librarian. RCPL is also providing summer reading materials at the library, the library’s drive-thru window, and online through the library’s website so anyone can access them from home. The Summer Reading Program promotes literacy for all ages, and creating easier access to events and materials during the pandemic has helped to promote engagement with the program.

Danielle Loftus - University of South Dakota

“Eyes Opened: Visual Resources for Visual Literacy”

Twenty-first century teaching places importance on multiple literacies, including visual literacy. Incorporating visual resources into teaching enriches learning by enlivening the classroom and broadens the understanding of core concepts through reflection. In this session, concrete ways to use image resources to deepen the integration of information literacy skills and concepts into interdisciplinary instructional situations will be demonstrated. 

Marilyn Mendenhall - Brookings Elementary Libraries Brookings School District

“Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors”

Children need diverse books. My poster has info graphics on the current characters in children's books. Viewers will see how some populations are not represented. My "lesson plan" shows how to encourage young children to read all kinds of books. Books that mirror their lives and books that show other cultures. These books allow students to validate themselves but also begin to understand other people and places in the world. Without leaving home, children will begin to understand their world through books. Included are links to resources for choosing diverse books.

Mary Jo Parker – Lake Andes

“2020 Census and Public Libraries? Definitely!”

The city of Lake Andes had only 9% of people having completed the Census when the Lake Andes Library became involved with improving this number. The poster shows the efforts that the library took and the results.

Molly Youngkin - Outreach Librarian, Wegner Health Sciences Library, Sioux Falls, SD

“Helping Seniors Manage Their Quest for Quality Health Information”

Seniors appreciate being able to find quality health and social services information that is timely and well-organized. Libraries have the expertise to coordinate research from many sources and package this information in usable formats to help seniors with common life questions. This poster will highlight useful online and print health resources and services that librarians may use to assist seniors in their quest for up-to-date, reliable information. Data from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine as well as more general information on guidelines for making health decisions specifically geared for seniors will be featured. 

Information for poster presenters: 

Thank you for presenting a poster at the 2020 SDLA Virtual Conference!!
The BEST part of a virtual poster session is participants will be able to view your posters longer than just a short time--so all that work and information is able to be viewed by more people!

✅ The poster sessions will be available throughout the conference + beyond.
🕛 All poster presenters are invited to join the "Poster session" lunch Zoom (12:00-12:50 MT/1:00-1:50 CT) to answer questions or provide additional information to attendees. (this is optional--if you aren't able to make it, that is fine)
🏆Winners of the poster session will be announced on Thursday in the closing session.

Your poster will be a single page pdf--it can be created in Google slides, PowerPoint or any other design software and then saved as a pdf.
The poster DOES NOT need to be printed
The poster will be uploaded via a Dropbox file request (no Dropbox account required!)--instructions are in the form.

The presentation of the poster will be recorded via Flipgrid.
You have up to 5 minutes to present your poster
The Flipgrid link and instructions are in the form.

✅Tips for designing a poster

Here are some template examples for designing a poster in Google Slides: (login to Google > make a copy)

When you’re finished, you can download your slide as a PDF by clicking File>Download As>PDF and upload it below!


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