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About SDSL | Publications | News and Press Releases | South Dakota librarians awarded certification

Media Release

For Immediate Release: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-7228, Email Link or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-2593, Link

South Dakota librarians awarded certification

PIERRE, S.D. — The State Library awarded certification to 30 librarians from 21 communities at the annual South Dakota Library Association conference on September 24 in Rapid City. The voluntary certification program recognizes library directors and staff members who have met the certification standards. The program's goals 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 acknowledges public library directors and staff who update their knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. Further information about the certification process can be found at

Congratulations to the following librarians:

  • Ashley Cortney, Edgemont Public Library
  • Barbara Vander Vorst, Potter County Library, Gettysburg
  • Cindy Girard, Hill City Public Library
  • Cynthia Meinen, Mitchell Public Library
  • Debra Moor, Jackson County Library, Kadoka
  • Elizabeth Hoffman, Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls
  • Elvita Landau, Brookings Public Library
  • Evan Washechek, Brookings Public Library
  • Jackie Hess, Mitchell Public Library
  • James Borchert, Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls
  • Jane Abernathy, Piedmont Valley Library
  • JoAnn Gemar, Scotland Community Library
  • Joyce Brunken, Yankton Community Library
  • Joyce Moore Yankton Community Library
  • Kallie Kronberg, Bison Public Library
  • Kara Vehar, Scotland Community Library
  • Kari Wilcox, Viborg Public Library
  • Lillie Bucholz, Sherwood Memorial Library, Doland
  • Lindsay Reuer, Siouxland Libraries
  • Melissa Hutmacher, Cozard Memorial Library, Chamberlain
  • Mike Mullin, Watertown Regional Library
  • Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library
  • Rebecca Rodriquez, Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish
  • Robin Schrupp, Rawlins Municipal Library, Pierre
  • Samantha Slocum, Rapid City Public Libraries
  • Shayna Monnens, Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish
  • Sherry Bauman, Elkton School/Community Library, Elkton
  • Stephanie Bents, Siouxland Libraries
  • Stephanie Lorenz, Huron Public Library
  • Teri Ewalt, Webster Public Library


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