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July 2009, Volume 1, Issue 7

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Banned Books Week
Sept. 26- Oct. 3

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

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Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

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South Dakota State Library front lobby entrance

State Library renovation completes phase one

From the warm green walls as you enter the building to the cool green tile on the floor, your newly renovated SD State Library is green in many ways. Phase one is complete and the library is now in its renovated space on the first floor. In phase two of the project the second floor will be remodeled and the rest of the Department of Education is scheduled to move in during the spring of 2010.

When the entire project is complete, the building will be an applicant for Silver Certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. The Silver certification means that the SD State Library building meets between 33-38 points (of a total of 69 possible) on a registered project checklist. The other point totals are Certified (26-32), Gold (39-51), and Platinum (52-69).

The project began in early 2008. Staff moved offices and collections to the second floor in December of 2007 and deconstruction of the first floor began in February of 2008. The general contractor was Tellinghuisen, Inc. from Sioux Falls. During construction, library staff tried to coordinate phone calls and Webinars around the constant drilling, hammering, and dust and odors emanating from first floor.

The library was closed to foot traffic from June 15 – July 10, 2009 as library staff, inmates from the SD Women’s Prison, a group from Dakota Furniture Installers, and other state agency employees moved shelves, collections, staff offices, cabinets, and other equipment back downstairs. State Librarian Dan Siebersma spent many hours coordinating, measuring, and meeting with contractors and staff to ensure that the moving process would go as smoothly as possible. Some shelving was brought over from storage. Other shelves were removed on second floor as the collections were moved, then reassembled on first floor, requiring a great deal of timely coordination. The only major mishap was when the newspaper backfile shelving fell over. No one was hurt.

Staff spent time reviewing administrative files for possible discard and going through multiple file cabinets and desk files, removing papers that accumulate over the years “just in case” they might be needed. On first floor, staff moved into designated areas by department and are working from individual offices, while administration offices are more centrally located. The Braille & Talking Book area of the library features new compact shelving and new recording studios. Large windows letting in lots of natural light are also a part of the renovated space. If you were ever in the old windowless meeting room before, you are now in for a pleasant surprise.

The new space offers comfortable new quarters for all services offered by the SD State Library in support of its new strategic plan. As you travel to Pierre for work or fun related activities this summer or fall, please stop in to visit us at the library. We will be happy to give you a tour and show off our new digs. Library hours are M-F, 8-5 CT.

For more information on green buildings, visit:

renovation, LEED

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