Library association confers in Pierre

Library association confers in Pierre Kay Dahl, Janice Kitzler and Jane Larson from the Vermillion Public Library attended the South Dakota Library Association Conference in Pierre, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.

The theme for the conference was "Read. Learn. Connect at South Dakota Libraries". The program focused on intellectual freedom in the digital age, new technology and the Internet.

Attendees heard presentations by national and local authors and artists, historians and a variety of other speakers.

Dahl and Ellen Baranowski presented a session entitled "Libraries: The Homeschooler's Utopia." They described how libraries can be a great source for information as well as materials for families homeschooling their children.

They provide suggestions on traditional and non-traditional ways homeschool families can utilize libraries and how libraries can supplement and encourage families in their quest for education.

Harry Willems of the Southeast Kansas Library System, Iola, KS presented the keynote address entitled "Internet Filters: Censorship or Safesurfing." Willems defined filters, described how they work (or fail to work) and how they affect libraries and library customers today.

The South Dakota Library Association is a professional organization of library staff from school, public, academic and special libraries dedicated to provide quality information services to their clientele. Continuing education for librarians and support staff is the major focus of the association.

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