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February 2012, Volume 4, Issue 2

Continuing Education Alert

Check Your Calendars!!

Digital Learning Day
Feb. 1

Read Across America Day
March 2

Teen Tech Week
March 4-10

World Read Aloud Day
March 7

PLA Annual Conference
March 13-17

School Library Month

National Library Week
April 8-14

Preservation Week
April 22-28

Money Smart Week
April 22-28

World Book Night
April 23

Featured e-Resources of the Month
Gale Virtual Reference Library gets a facelift

Library Headlines


South Dakota public libraries recognized for accreditation efforts

South Dakota's Accredited Libraries

Fourteen South Dakota libraries were accredited by the State Library in 2011, under a new system of tiered accreditation. This is the second year the new system of accreditation has been in place. The libraries were recognized during the State Library Board meeting on Jan. 13.

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.

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.

“This new system of accreditation opens communication about what libraries can be doing and ways to improve,” said State Librarian Dan Siebersma. “It provides concrete feedback, so we can better support them as they work toward a higher level of accreditation.”

The following South Dakota public libraries were accredited in 2011 by the State Library:

  • Alcester Public Library, Enhanced
  • Beresford Public Library, Enhanced*
  • Cozard Memorial Library, Chamberlain, Enhanced
  • Canton Public Library, Enhanced
  • Carnegie Public Library, Dell Rapids, Enhanced
  • Gregory Public Library, Essential*
  • Grant County Public Library, Enhanced*
  • Hot Springs Public Library, Enhanced
  • Madison Public Library, Enhanced
  • Potter County Library, Enhanced*
  • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library, Lead, Essential
  • Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls, Enhanced*
  • Grossenburg Memorial Tripp County Library, Winner, Enhanced*
  • Yankton Community Library, Enhanced*

Detailed requirements for each level of tiered accreditation, as well as a complete list of accredited libraries, is available on the State Library's webpage at

*pictured in photo


2011 School and Public Library Data Digests are now online

School Library Data Digest

The 2011 School Library Data Digest and the 2011 Public Library Data Digest are now available on the State Library’s website. Both digests are a snapshot of library activity across the state.

The data in the school digest comprises information collected and submitted via the 2010-2011 South Dakota School Library Survey. Schools may view complete statistics at Contact the State Library at 1-800-423-6665 for access information.

The public library data comprises information collected and submitted via the 2010 Public Library Survey for the fiscal year completed Dec. 31, 2010. Further information can be found in this issue's Board Talk. Contact the State Library at 1-800-423-6665 if you have additional questions.





accreditation, Alcester, Beresford, Chamberlain, Canton, Dell Rapids, Gettysburg, Gregory, Grant County, Hot Springs, Lead, Madison, Potter County, public libraries, school libraries, Sioux Falls, standards, surveys, Winner, Yankton

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