About SDSL | Publications
The South Dakota State Library publications and forms are available in Adobe Acrobat format exactly as it appears in print or in a Web format. First time users of the PDF format must perform a one-time only installation of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader Software before they will be able to read or print the document. This format is used extensively both on the Web and on this site.
- Board Agenda & Minutes
- News and Press Releases
- Policies and Manuals
- Promotional Resources
Board Agenda and Minutes
- Meeting: April 27, 2017
Further details: TBA
- Meeting: February 16, 2017
10:00 am CT
MacKay Building, Library Commons
800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD
- Archive of past meetings
These meetings are held in a physically accessible place. Individuals needing assistance, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact Quynn Verhelst at 605-773-5055 in advance of the meeting to make any necessary arrangements.
News and Press Releases
- 10 public libraries accredited in 2017
posted Tuesday, February 23, 2017
- South Dakota librarians awarded certification
posted Friday, October 21, 2016
The State Library produces an online newsletter, with eleven issues a year. Columns include "Continuing Education Opportunities", "Trends and More", and "Why Didn't I Think of That?". This newsletter is also available with an RSS feed.
Prairie Trails Memorandum
Braille & Talking Book Library, Quarterly. Available online in either web or PDF format.
State Publications Digitization Long Range Plan
Approved November 2013
Strategic Plan 2014-2018
Approved November 2013
Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017
Approved June 2012, Resubmitted Sept 2012 | IMLS Approval Letter
South Dakota State Library LSTA Five Year Plan Evaluation Report: 2008-2012
Approved January 2012
South Dakota Libraries for the 21st Century: LSTA Five Year Plan 2008-2013
Revised November 2007
South Dakota State Library Strategic Plan: FY 2007-2013
As South Dakota becomes more deeply engaged in the global knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, the need to adapt has never been more urgent.
South Dakota State Library: Evaluation and Planning Project
Compiled by Dr. Mary C. Bushing in 2006, This six-month study of the programs, resources, and role of the South Dakota State Library (SDSL) has resulted in many changes already in both the state library operations and in the dialogue about libraries and library services within the state. No matter what happens in the future regarding the recommendations and the work of the consultant, the fabric of the library network has been changed by the very act of asking questions and challenging individuals and groups to think differently about library services, the role of the state library, the role of local libraries, and the future of information and books.
Policies & Manuals
Collection Development Policy
Approved by the SDSL Board, January 2015
Computer and Internet Use Policy
Revised, June, 2010
South Dakota Public Library Trustees Wiki
Original publication 1994; Online version created 2013, updated as necessary by SDSL staff
Top 10 Reasons to Support Libraries
Lettersized poster available:
South Dakota Public Libraries: Data Digest
The South Dakota State Library has compiled an annual report of public library statistics that librarians can use as talking points with their citizens, councilmen, commissioners, and legislators.
South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest
South Dakota State Library: Highlights
The South Dakota Department of Education: South Dakota State Library Annual Report
South Dakota Public Library Standards
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.
School Library Guidelines, South Dakota 2010
Effective school libraries make a powerful difference in student achievement and help to form the habit of reading and learning for a lifetime. To be effective it is essential that a school library have a place, a program, and a professional.
School Library Content Standards, South Dakota 2010
School librarians in collaboration with all content area teachers empower students to fully engage in our global, digital world. To be successful participants in this world, students must be able to carry out the processes of inquiry and problem solving, develop multiple literacies, and practice the tenets of ethical participation in society.
State Library Board
April 27, 2017, Brookings
SDSL Public Library Trustee Wiki
A general overview of trustee duties and responsibilities, issues, and skills to develop.
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