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Library Outreach/ LSTA | Standards


Public Libraries


South Dakota Public Library Standards is a self-evaluation tool. The purpose of the voluntary certification and accreditation program for public libraries and librarians in South Dakota is to encourage the ongoing development of quality library service in the state. In particular, these standards are intended to:

  • Provide a tool to assess the quality of library service
  • Identify areas needing improvement
  • Aid libraries in gaining maximum community support

Applications PDF Download are accepted September 12 through December 6, 2016.
Accreditation document last revised April 26, 2016.

Accreditation applications will be submitted online this year through the same account that you submit your annual report: Web Link to s d dot counting opinions dot com.

Contact the State Library if you’ve forgotten your account login or need assistance. All supporting documentation can be uploaded to your online application, so there's no need to mail anything into the State Library this year.

For a listing of accredited South Dakota Public Libraries, please continue here.

The purpose of the voluntary certification and accreditation program for public libraries and librarians in South Dakota is to encourage the ongoing development of quality library service in the state.

The manual is divided into three sections by level of accreditation. Each section is then divided into the following categories:

  • Governance
  • Administration
  • Access
  • Collections and Resources
  • Funding
  • Staffing
  • Technology
  • Public Relations

Each standard is presented as a statement, allowing the library to easily determine whether it meets or does not meet the criteria. There are three levels of accreditation:

  • ESSENTIAL — the minimum which should be available to all
  • ENHANCED — an expansion of services beyond the basic
  • EXEMPLARY — the highest level of service


The South Dakota State Library oversees a voluntary certification program for South Dakota public library directors and library staff. The goals of this program are to help library directors and staff acquire, maintain, and develop skills through continuing education in order to provide better library service to their communities. Through this program, the State Library recognizes public library directors and staff who update their knowledge and skills on a continuing basis.

An individual's certification is valid for three (3) years. To renew at the same level will require 30 contact hours of continuing education during that 3-year period.

Applications for 2017 are no longer available.

Watch this page next year for more details on 2018.

Forms for Certification

Applicants must supply a diploma, transcripts, and/or approved contact hours form (above) for SDSL committee approval.

A listing of the South Dakota librarians who have received certification is available here.

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Short Takes
The South Dakota State Library is excited to share with all South Dakota public libraries access to "Short Takes for Trustees" a series of 10 short videos for you and your Trustees to view through March, 2017.

LSTA Files
Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017
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