February 2013, Volume 5, Issue 2
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South Dakota public libraries recognized for accreditation efforts
Seven public libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2012, under a relatively new system of tiered accreditation that began three years ago.
The libraries were recognized during a ceremony before lawmakers and the public in the Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 10. Librarians and board members traveled from all over the state to receive this well-deserved recognition from Interim State Librarian Daria Bossman and Jan Brue Enright, president of the South Dakota Library Association.
Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Accreditation at the Essential level means a library satisfactorily provides services above the minimum 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.
"We encourage all our libraries, large or small, to take a look at the standards – to use the standards as benchmarks in their goals and improvement plans," said Interim State Librarian Daria Bossman. "All these South Dakota public libraries set a goal to serve their communities and reach above and beyond what are set as minimum standards for public libraries in South Dakota."
The following South Dakota public libraries were accredited in 2012 by the South Dakota State Library:
- Brookings Public Library – Exemplary
- Custer County Library – Enhanced
- Edgemont Public Library – Enhanced
- Harrisburg Community Library – Essential
- Hill City Community Library – Essential
- North Sioux City Community Library – Essential
- Scotland Community Library – Essential
Detailed requirements for each level of tiered accreditation, as well as a complete list of accredited libraries, are available on the South Dakota State Library's webpage at library.sd.gov.
Schools and libraries among those awarded the second round of South Dakota Broadband Initiative grants
Twenty-six Community Anchor Institutions (CAI) will receive funding from the South Dakota Broadband Initiative (SDBI) for a wide variety of technology improvements and expansions to continue improving their computer infrastructure. The funding is part of the federal Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration's (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative (SBI).
"The projects funded through these grants provide local service organizations with the tools and infrastructure they need to continue improving their technology environments to better serve community members," said Jim Edman, Deputy Commissioner for the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications and Project Manager for the SDBI. "When communities continue to invest, improve and expand their computer infrastructure, they increase broadband services, usage and adoption, a key goal for the State Broadband Initiative."
A list of the institutions awarded grants is provided below. Fifteen of the 26 are either schools or libraries. Included for each CAI is the total cost of the proposed project which reflects a required 20 percent matching investment through cash, in-kind or both.
- Active Generations, Sioux Falls ($12,203.75)
- Brookings Public Library, Brookings ($6,340.01)
- City of Huron, Huron ($6,273.15)
- City of Lennox, Lennox ($9,007.50)
- City of Madison, Madison ($8,416.75)
- City of Whitewood, Whitewood ($9,627.26)
- Community Memorial Hospital, Redfield ($12,473.88)
- Dakota Club Library, Eagle Butte ($6,593.43)
- Dorothee Pike Memorial Library, Lake Preston ($1,900.01)
- Gregory Public Library, Gregory ($6,088.51)
- Hanson School District, Alexandria ($12,175.06)
- Hill City Public Library, Hill City ($6,676.66)
- Hitchcock-Tulare School District, Hitchcock-Tulare ($9,966.40)
- Hot Springs Public Library, Hot Springs ($3,573.00)
- Huron Police Department, Huron ($5,171.00)
- ICAP, Sioux Falls ($12,285.00)
- Immaculate Conception School, Watertown ($9,529.00)
- Madison Central School District, Madison ($10,384.76)
- McCook Central Community, Salem ($9,877.33)
- New Tec, Aberdeen ($8,575.00)
- Rapid City Public Libraries, Rapid City ($1,810.00)
- Sioux YMCA, Dupree ($9,239.91)
- The Bridge Wesleyan Church, Pierre ($6,500.00)
- Vermillion Public Library, Vermillion ($12,258.06)
- Wall Community Library, Wall ($3,441.31)
- Whitewood Public Library, Whitewood ($4,733.04)
Upon request, the SDBI Technology Planning team will assist the CAI staff and their technology partners with the implementation of the equipment into their infrastructure. The Technology Planning and Computer Ownership program is one segment of the overall SDBI. The primary purpose is to provide CAIs with technology consulting and solutions pertaining to their technical infrastructure and broadband connectivity. Eligible institutions include libraries, medical and healthcare facilities, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, public safety offices, government and tribal offices, and community support locations.
New South Dakota State Library Data Digests are online
"The digests include vital information about the services being provided at libraries across the state," said Interim State Librarian Daria Bossman. "The State Library collects the data through various surveys and compiles it in one location to highlight the significant roles that libraries play in their communities."
Survey response rates were outstanding this year, and Bossman said that indicates library personnel see the value of the information in the digests. One-hundred percent of school libraries and 98 percent of the state's 112 public community libraries responded.
This is the third year that the State Library has compiled a data digest that is specific to school libraries. On an average day, school libraries circulate 33,853 items, host 1,150 class groups and welcome a total of 35,609 students.
Superintendents, principals and school librarians can access their specific statistics online and see how their school libraries compare to others in the state. Please contact the State Library's School Library Coordinators, at 1-800-423-6665, for more information.
The State Library has compiled and published the Public Library Data Digest for the past five years. However, the State Library is required to submit these statistics to the Institute of Museum and Library Services every year and has been doing so for several decades. National databases and comparison tools are also freely available on the IMLS website at harvester.census.gov.
South Dakotans collectively checked out an average of 17,149 items a day in 2011 at those libraries. Public librarians also answered 1,157 reference questions and assisted 3,213 online users in an average day.
The South Dakota School and Public Library Data Digests are available online at library.sd.gov. Look for the reports on this page.