|Services to Students and Educators|
In 1996, the State Library partnered with the K-12 School Technology Initiative to provide Internet access to all K-12 public schools and public libraries. South Carolina was the first state to provide this depth of Internet access.
Building on the new network infrastructure that provided Internet access to K-12 public schools and public libraries, the State Library, in 1998, launched a pilot program to provide all South Carolinians with equal access to an electronic library of essential information resources. The program was called Discus - South Carolina's Virtual Library. Since that time, Discus has continued to grow, adding more resources to its collection.
Currently, the electronic library contains a variety of organized resources, called databases, for individuals of all ages, educational levels and interests. These databases include newspapers, magazines and journals, encyclopedias, ebooks, multimedia, student and teacher resources, recommended Web links and much more.
Discus resources are free for South Carolina citizens, available 24/7 and searchable by keyword or topic. Access is provided in all K-12 public schools, many K-12 private schools, institutions of higher education and all public libraries. Students and educators in South Carolina also now have easy home access to Discus resources as well. For more details visit, visit http://scdiscus.org/.
The South Carolina State Library presents StudySC, a website that provides online content to support K-12 South Carolina-specific curriculum standards. StudySC makes available a student-friendly environment arranged by grade level and by subject area where students can find the information they need fast.
This site is loaded with South Carolina-specific web resources for K-12 homework help, projects, and more. Soon, StudySC will also provide teachers with lesson plans and other content to support classroom activities.
Day By Day Family Literacy Calendar
New for 2010, the South Carolina State Library published a family literacy calendar designed for families, caregivers, educators and librarians to use at home and in the classroom to further develop early literacy skills.
There is also DayByDaySC.org, an online website with activities, songs, videos, and links to games and art projects for each day of the year.
South Carolina State Library: defining the intellectual landscape of South Carolina.