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September 2009, Volume 1, Issue 9

Check Your Fall Calendars

Banned Books Week
Sept. 26 - Oct. 3

Indian Education Summit
Sept. 27-29

Festival of Books
Oct. 2-4 in Deadwood

SDLA Annual Conference
Oct. 7-9 in Aberdeen

Teen Read Week
Oct. 18-24

YARP Voting Begins
Oct. 18

Library Development

Public Library Accreditation Standards ready for review

Established by the South Dakota Library Association during the 1970’s, the Public Library Certification/Accreditation Standards provide a voluntary certification and accreditation program for South Dakota public libraries and librarians. The purpose of the standards is to encourage the ongoing development of quality library service in South Dakota. In particular, these standards are intended to:

  • Provide a tool to assess the quality of library service
  • Identify areas needing improvement
  • Aid libraries in gaining maximum community support

In June 2008, the South Dakota Library Association Executive Board voted to move the administration of both the Certification and the Accreditation Standards to the South Dakota State Library.

The decision was made to review the Accreditation Standards first and to review Certification Standards in a subsequent year. In April 2009, the State Library created a Task Force to review and rewrite the current Accreditation standards. The Task Force, comprised of four sub-groups with public library representation from across the state, rewrote the standards to create a tiered system. The new tiered system will allow libraries to be accredited at different levels, Essential, Enhanced, or Exemplary. All libraries in South Dakota should be able to be accredited at one of the three levels.

You can find the draft of the new Public Library Accreditation Standards at The members of the Task Force would greatly appreciate your comments regarding the new standards. The deadline for commenting on the Public Library Accreditation Standards will be September 18. The Task Force will review all comments and make any necessary changes. The new standards will be introduced at the South Dakota Library Association’s Annual Conference.

Comments can be sent to Colleen Kirby, Chair of the Task Force, at


College credit available for SDLA conference attendance

For those attending the 2009 SDLA Conference in Aberdeen Oct. 7-9, one college credit will be available through the University of Sioux Falls. Those applying for a college credit must attend 15 hours of sessions. Meals and exhibit sessions will count toward the 15 hours. Participants can select if they want graduate or undergraduate credit. The cost is $40.00, payable at registration. Applications will be available at the registration desk. Contact Lee Crary for further information.


SWIM (Become a Librarian) application available in early October

On Sept. 3, representatives from South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana met to discuss the SWIM (Become a Librarian) Grant program. This Institute of Museum and Library Services Laura Bush grant program will award scholarships to 50 students from the four states to earn a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas’s distance education program or a School Library Media Endorsement from distance programs at Black Hills State University, Montana State University, or the University of Montana. The South Dakota State Library will award at least six MLIS scholarships and four media endorsement scholarships on April 30, 2010. Scholarship applications will be available in early October. To learn more about the grant requirements visit the State Library’s SWIM web page.


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