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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.


State Library Cornerstone Electronic Newsletter

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.

State Library Braille and Talking Book Library newsleetter
Prairie Trails Memorandum

Braille & Talking Book Library, Quarterly. Available online in either web or PDF format.

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School Library Blog from SDSL


Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2018-2022 p d f file
Approved September 2017

State Publications Digitization Long Range Plan p d f file
Approved November 2013

Strategic Plan 2014-2018 p d f file
Approved November 2013

Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017 p d f file
Approved June 2012, Resubmitted September 2012
IMLS Approval Letter p d f file

South Dakota State Library LSTA Five Year Plan Evaluation Report: 2008-2012 p d f file
Approved January 2012

South Dakota Libraries for the 21st Century: LSTA Five Year Plan 2008-2013 p d f file
Revised November 2007

South Dakota State Library Strategic Plan: FY 2007-2013 p d f file
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 p d f file
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

South Dakota State Library Interlibrary Loan Policies p d f file
Approved by the SDSL Board, May 2018

South Dakota Share-It: Statewide Interlibrary Loan Policy p d f file
Approved by the SDSL Board, May 2018

Collection Development Policy p d f file
Approved by the SDSL Board, July 2018

Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials Form p d f file
Revised 2014

Computer and Internet Use Policy
Revised, June, 2010

document coverSD Guide for Library Boards, Pocket Edition p d f file
Revised 2018

South Dakota Public Library Trustees Wiki
Original publication 1994; Online version created 2013, updated as necessary by SDSL staff

Promotional Resources

Future Ready Brochures
legal sized tri-fold brochure, 2018

Top Reasons to Support Your Library PDF download
Lettersized full color poster for public libraries to personalize with their statistical data and have printed. 2017

Top 10 Reasons to Support Libraries
Lettersized poster 2007:

  • Black and White p d f file or
  • Color PDF download

A Day in the Life…


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.

  • 2018 p d f file
  • 2017 p d f file
  • 2016 p d f file
  • 2015 p d f file
  • 2014 p d f file
  • 2013 p d f file
  • 2012 p d f file
  • 2011 p d f file
  • 2010 p d f file
  • 2009 p d f file
  • 2008 p d f file

Public Libraries Data Digest

South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest

  • 2018 p d f file
  • 2017 p d f file
  • 2016 p d f file
  • 2015 p d f file
  • 2014 p d f file
  • 2013 p d f file
  • 2012 p d f file
  • 2011 p d f file
  • 2010 p d f file
School Library Data Digest

South Dakota State Library: Annual Report

  • 2018 p d f file
  • 2016-17 p d f file
  • 2014-15 p d f file
  • 2012-13 p d f file
  • 2011-12 p d f file
  • 2011 Highlightsp d f file
  • 2010 Highlightsp d f file
  • 2009 Highlightsp d f file
SDSL Annual Report 2016-17

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 p d f file
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 p d f file
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.

Vote Today for South Dakota Children's Book Awards 2018-2019

Job Opportunity!
Library Technician: Pierre

Executive Proclamation
South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Day
posted Monday Jan. 28, 2019

State Library Board
February 12, 2019: Pierre

The South Dakota State Library provides leadership for innovation and excellence in libraries and services to state government.

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