SDSL's Cornerstone Newsletter
The South Dakota State Library's Digital Collections reflect the history and culture of South Dakota. Primarily of interest to librarians, researchers, and genealogists, our digital collections include newspaper articles, photographs, state documents, and more. First Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1890 The South Dakota State Library has decades of Superintendent of Public Instruction Reports going back to the beginning of South Dakota’s statehood. Reports…
Should your library lend mobile devices?
Mobile device checkout programs can give your patrons access to tech tools they don’t have at home. They give you the opportunity to introduce your digital services, like SD Titles to Go, to a larger audience. But is this service a good fit for your library? Tablets and laptops are fully-functioning devices that can help your patrons complete job applications and homework assignments. These will require procedures and staff time to clear patron data on returned devices. Ereaders like Kindles…
Data from the FY2015 Public Libraries Survey (PLS) is now available
Does your library outdo others in program attendance? How much do libraries charge for nonresident fees? Which libraries receive county funding? We can help you with those questions and more. Libraries have access to all of the South Dakota data through the Reports tool on their PLS (annual report) accounts at sd.countingopinions.com or you can contact the State Library Data Coordinator, Shawn Behrends [email] for assistance. Remember that reports can be generated for any items on the PLS…
Did you know that other South Dakota librarians count on you to keep accurate service statistics for your library?
Every year many of your colleagues use the statistics from their peer libraries. Librarians use annual report statistics to evaluate their services or support requests for things like larger material budgets, bigger spaces, more open hours and staff positions. Last year the State Library received at least 20 librarian requests for assistance in supporting data-driven decisions. If keeping a daily tally isn’t practical, estimating library statistics such as visits, public computer sessions…
Libraries of the Future [VISUALIZATION] | Masters In Library Science.net
The following visualization was adapted from PewInternet.com, of a keynote address for the 2012 State University of New York Librarians Association Annual
New Infographic: What Public Libraries do for Teens
Check out this awesome infographic showcasing what public libraries do for teens. YALSA created it with data from the 2013 (FY2012) Public Library Data Service (PLDS) Statistical Report. http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/Infographic2_FINAL.pdf Stephen
Infographics & Information Literacy
Presenting information, data, or library instruction content, in appealing and innovative formats offers librarians opportunities to engage students and library users in services, resources, and in…
Libraries of the Future Infographic - e-Learning Infographics
The Libraries of the Future Infographic presents Americans’ attitudes and expectations for public libraries and depicts the possible future of libraries.
Why Most Social Media Strategies Fail
You do know that social media is important for your success online, right? Of course you do. It’s the 21st Century and pretty much everyone has some sort of social media account. Well, at least 73% of adults do. But just because you’re on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest doesn’t [...]