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November 2009, Volume 1, Issue 11

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Aberdeen is part of Knight Foundation’s $3.3 Million initiative to expand digital access at libraries

To help meet citizens' information needs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the launch of a $3.3 million initiative to expand digital access and training at libraries around the country.

The initiative will work to increase local citizens' access to computers and the Internet at libraries in twelve communities: Aberdeen, S.D.; Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus and Milledgeville, Ga.; Detroit, Mich.; Grand Forks, N.D.; Lexington, Ky.; Tallahassee and Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Wichita, Kan.. Grants awarded through the initiative will be used to establish mobile computer labs, recruit and train multi-lingual technology teachers, enable individuals to use computers for employment searches and career research, and install wireless Internet access.

Aberdeen’s Alexander Mitchell Public Library Director, Shirley Arment, said they could not be happier about their $59,000 grant. They plan to use the money to purchase laptops with stations, upgrade their wireless connection and provide computer training for the public. She credits the efforts of Absolutely Aberdeen, a regional community group, for bringing the library to the Knight Foundation’s attention.

 

Public librarians and libraries recognized for achieving standards

Librarians and libraries meeting the Public Library Accreditation/Certification Standards were recognized during this year’s South Dakota Library Association’s Annual Conference in Aberdeen.

Public library certification demonstrates that librarians are committed to increasing their skills and knowledge to keep abreast of developments in the information age. By continually improving their own library skills and knowledge they are able to provide quality library service in their communities.

Librarians receiving their public library certification were Sherry Bauman, Elkton Community Library; Marguerite Cullum, Custer County Library; Melinda Ellenson, Huron Public Library; Cathy Enlow, Brookings Public Library; Jan Gossman, Bison Public Library; Jackie Hess, Mitchell Public Library; Debbie Huska, Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library; Elvita Landau, Brookings Public Library; Janet Miller, Dakota Valley School District Library; Debra Moor, Jackson County Library; Michael Mullin, Watertown Regional Library; and Colleen Smith, Huron Public Library.

South Dakotans deserve and expect high quality service from their public libraries. South Dakota citizens can expect access to high-quality library services from public libraries that meet the Public Library Accreditation Standards. Libraries receiving their Public Library Accreditation were Brookings Public Library, Custer County Library, Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library, Huron Public Library, Mitchell Public Library and Watertown Regional Library.

 

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