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November-December 2011
Volume 3, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

2011 One Book South Dakota

National Novel Writing Month

Native American Heritage Month

National Gaming Day
Nov. 12

American Education Week
Nov. 13-19

SDLA Legislative Day
Jan. 12

ALA Midwinter Meeting
Jan. 20-24

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Downloadables now available in State Library electronic resources

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Librarians recognized for achieving certification standards

State Librarian Dan Siebersma acknowledged those librarians and library staff members who have recently met the voluntary certification standards.

During the State of the State Library presentation at the SDLA annual conference on Oct. 5, State Librarian Dan Siebersma acknowledged those librarians and library staff members who have recently met the voluntary certification standards. The goals of this program are to help library directors and staff acquire, maintain, and develop skills through continuing education in order to provide better library service to their communities. Through this program, the State Library recognizes public library directors and staff who update their knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. Further information about the certification process can be found at

Congratulations to the following individuals:

Library Director &
Grade Level

Annie Brunskill, 1

Haakon County Public Library, Philip

Greta Chapman, 1

Rapid City Public Library

Kathy Jacobs, 1

Yankton Community Library

Nancy Sabbe, 1

Madison Public Library

Amber Wilde, 1

Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish

DeeAnn Cole, 2

Alcester Public Library

Cynthia Harlan, 2

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library, Lead

Debi Huska, 2

Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library

Edith Nelson, 2

Canton Public Library

Robin Schrupp, 2

Grant County Public Library, Milbank

Diane Althoff, 3

Gregory Public Library

Jane Norling, 3

Beresford Public Library

Library Staff &
Grade Level


Stephanie Brewer, 1

Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish

Syrena Maranell, 1

Alexander Mitchell Public Library, Aberdeen

Denisha Wiegert-Kickland, 1

Cozard Memorial Library, Chamberlain

Jody Carlson, 2

Grant County Public Library, Milbank


Public library accreditation applications due Dec. 2

The State Library is currently taking applications for our statewide voluntary Public Library Accreditation. Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Accreditation at the Essential level means a library satisfactorily provides the basic services required by state law and federal guidelines. Each subsequent level of accreditation builds on the previous level with additional indicators that libraries must meet. Exemplary is the highest level of service exemplifying “best practices” nationally within the industry.

Libraries are evaluated in the following areas, as outlined in South Dakota Public Library Standards: governance, administration, access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology, and public relations. The three levels of accreditation are based on the number of indicators achieved in each of the standards. South Dakota Public Library Standards (PDF)

Accreditation certificates will be awarded on Jan.12 at an evening reception TBA. Please also invite your local legislative representative to join you.

Deadline for the application is Friday, Dec. 2. Paperwork and applications must be postmarked to Kathleen Slocum, CE Coordinator, SDSL. Please contact Kathleen if you have any questions, 605-773-3131.


New procedures for interlibrary loan statistics begin in January 2012

Beginning in January 2012, public libraries are asked to keep more detailed statistics for interlibrary loan. The State Library needs more exact data to determine ILL patterns and trends. For this reason starting with the Public Library Survey for 2012 (collected in the spring of 2013) we will be requesting more detailed information. The State Library ( has created forms for you to use as you begin collecting the new data starting in January of 2012.

The State Library will be offering webinars about the new interlibrary loan statistics on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2. Check the State Library’s website to register.





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