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Accreditation/ Certification

The South Dakota State Library supports public libraries through voluntary accreditation and certification programs that encourage the ongoing development of quality library services in South Dakota.

Public Libraries

Accreditation

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

Continue for more information regarding Accreditation at SDSL Libguides.

South Dakota Public Library Standards Manual, 2019 p d f file


Certification

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.

Continue for more information regarding Certification at the SDSL Libguides.




LSTA Files
Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2018-2022
p d f file

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