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800 Governors Dr.
Pierre, SD 57501

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7 am - 4 pm MT

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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 Web URL 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 and Minutes

  • Meeting: September 27, 2017
    1:30 PM CT
    Cedar Shores Resort, Hale/Oacoma Room
    Oacoma, South Dakota 57365
    Conference call: dial-in# 1-866-410-8397 code 6057735055
    • Agenda PDF Download
      • Attachment A: Board Minutes, July 13 Meeting PDF Download
      • Attachment B: Public Librarian Certification PDF Download
      • Attachment C: 'Future Ready' School Library Brochure PDF Download
      • Attachment D: School Library Data Digest PDF Download
      • Attachment E: Emporia State University orientation PDF Download
      • Attachment F: Puzzle Map 2017 PDF Download
      • Attachment G: Quick Start Guide PDF Download
  • 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

Archive of news releases


State Library Cornerstone Electronic Newsletter

The State Library produces an online newsletter, with eleven issues a year. Columns include "Continuing Education", "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.


LSTA: 2017 Evaluation Report South Dakota State Library PDF Download
Evaluation Prepared by Lesley D. Boughton, November 2016; Commissioned by Daria Bossman, South Dakota State Librarian, October 2015

Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan 2015-2018 PDF Download
The Strategic Plan is also available in braille and audio formats. If you would like to borrow a copy please contact your Reader Advisor.

Digitization Long Range Plan PDF Download
Presented November 2013 PDF Download

Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017 PDF Download
Approved June 2012, Resubmitted Sept 2012 | IMLS Approval Letter PDF Download

South Dakota State Library LSTA Five Year Plan Evaluation Report: 2008-2012 PDF Download
Approved January 2012

South Dakota Libraries for the 21st Century: LSTA Five Year Plan 2008-2013 PDF Download
Revised November 2007

South Dakota State Library Strategic Plan: FY 2014-2018 PDF Download
A South Dakota State Library for the 21st Century

South Dakota State Library: Evaluation and Planning Project PDF Download
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 PDF Download
Approved by the SDSL Board, January 2015

Computer and Internet Use Policy
Revised, June, 2010.

South Dakota Public Library Trustees Wiki URL to south dakota state library wiki spaces


State of the State Library Addresses are listed below, presented annually at the SDLA fall conferences.

  • 2014 Video replay: Slideshow with text
  • 2013 Video replay: Video (in segments)

Promotional Resources

A Day in the Life…

Large Print Bookmarks (4 up) PDF Download
Printable bookmarks to be provided to large print readers. Librarians/library staff: Print on cardstock or paper and trim so that 4 bookmarks per sheet of paper will result.

Top 10 Reasons to Support Libraries
Lettersized poster available:

  • Black and White PDF download or
  • Color PDF download


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.

  • 2016 PDF download
  • 2015 PDF download
  • 2014 PDF download
  • 2013 PDF download
  • 2012 PDF download
  • 2011 PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
  • 2009 PDF download
  • 2008 PDF download
2016 Data Digest

South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest

  • 2016 PDF download
  • 2015 PDF download
  • 2014 PDF download
  • 2013 PDF download
  • 2012 PDF download
  • 2011 PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
2016 School Library Data Digests

South Dakota State Library
The South Dakota Department of Education: South Dakota State Library Annual Report

  • 2014-15 Link to   PDF Download
  • 2013 Link to   PDF Download
  • 2012 Link to   PDF Download
  • 2011 Link to conte   PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
  • 2009 PDF download
SDSL 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.
Revised January 2015

School Library Guidelines, South Dakota 2010 PDF Download
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 PDF Download
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.

White Papers

Automation: Integrated Library Systems
The following white papers conceptualize automation for public and school libraries in South Dakota.

Tumblebooks will no longer be available through the South Dakota State Library as of July 1, 2017.

State Library Board
September 27, 2017, Oacoma

The SD State Library is hiring a Senior Librarian!

Looking for
The web site previously administered by the South Dakota Library Network will be taken down as of July 28, 2017. If any libraries still have links to this site on their library web sites, those links should be removed.

SDSL Public Library Trustee Wiki Web Link to Trustee Wiki
A general overview of trustee duties and responsibilities, issues, and skills to develop.

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