ExCITE! 2022: Information Literacy

ExCITE! is an annual professional development opportunity (2 credit course) for all types of educators including librarians, teachers, specialists, para-professionals, administrators, and coordinators. LSTA federal funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services provides speakers, resources, and full-tuition scholarships for attendees.

Each year, a different theme is selected for the course. This year’s ExCITE! theme is Information Literacy, which is the second strand of the SD School Library Standards. We’ll focus on the research process from start to finish with units on exploring and engaging with the library, questioning strategies, curating and engaging with resources, sharing learning, and reflecting on the research process.

WHEN: June 27-July 29, 2022

WHO: All South Dakota educators and South Dakota library staff are welcome! *Limited to 30 participants.

WHERE: On-line via Google Classroom (students must have a Google account)


  • ExCITE! is a two credit course with credits offered through USF.

  • It can be taken at either the undergraduate or the graduate level.

  • Tuition costs are covered via a scholarship through the SD State Library.

  • Readings, viewings, activities, projects, and evaluations are designed to equal a total of 30 hours of your time.

  • Two special guest speakers include:

    • Cheri Isaacson, a veteran kindergarten teacher who will lead us through an interactive workshop on “How to Research like a Kindergartner”.

    • Dr. Kate Kinsella, an emeritus teacher educator at San Francisco State University and speaker/consultant to school districts within and outside the U.S. who will lead an informative workshop on “Tools to Support Multilingual (and All) Learners in Interpreting, Discussing and Constructing Informational Texts”.

HOW: Instruction will be provided through synchronous and asynchronous Zoom sessions. Zoom presentations/sessions will be recorded for students who are unable to attend synchronous sessions. Students who cannot attend via Zoom will have to complete additional participation assignments. Online instructional methods will include a digital learning platform, class discussion, independent forms of communication, collaborative innovation work time, and the use of digital tools.

REGISTER now through June 1.

Questions? Contact Scottie Bruch at scottie.bruch@state.sd.us.

This course is provided by the South Dakota State Library with a combination of funding from the South Dakota State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.