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October 10, 2018 at 9:03 AM

Rural School Librarians Look to the Future

Heidi Kruse from Meade School District begins a three-year professional development cohort program, designed to enhance her skills in the digital world.  Thirteen rural school librarians drawn from each of three states, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming are participating in the cohort and attended a conference, October 8-9, 2018.


Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) of Rapid city is coordinating the program, free to librarians, and thanks in part to an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant.  The state libraries of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming are also collaborating with TIE on this program, called "Reaching Out."


Through face-to-face and virtual learning, selected librarians will gain expertise in utilizing Open Educational Resources (OER) and will be prepared to serve as instructional leaders in their schools.  The event this week provided a focus on teaching Digital Literacy and the new national standards, as well as Digital Citizenship.  Project Director, Julie Erickson, explained that these digital skills and standards integrate with content area standards to support teachers and students who live in a digital world.  More information is available from Julie Erickson at


TIE, an extension of public schools, has worked for more than three decades to improve instruction throughout the region.  This project was made possible in part by IMLS, grant RE-7018-0050.  The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, with a mission to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.