January 2013, Volume 5, Issue 1
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Rapid City's newest library branch expansion reflects unique collaboration
The newly built Dakota Hall and County/City Public Library East was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 30 at Western Dakota Technical Institute in Rapid City.
In 2009, Western Dakota Tech announced an expansion to its Mickelson complex that included a new library for its students in the proposed Dakota Hall. The Pennington County Commission came forward with a one million dollar contribution to the building project to add library services for county residents at the new facility. The Rapid City Public Libraries also joined the partnership with resources to expand library services for students and the residents of Rapid City and Pennington County and to provide expanded public hours and staff.
This unique partnership of the Rapid City School District, Western Dakota Tech, Pennington County and the City of Rapid City developed a shared model of service for the County/City Public Library East at Western Dakota Technical Institute — a 21st Century library that blends the traditional library of community space and resources with mobile access in the digital world.
The new branch provides more convenient access to library services to residents of the Rapid Valley area. It also serves as a fully functioning academic library for the students of Western Dakota Tech. The general public has full access to the library, and library card holders will be able to take advantage of all library services.
"The Rapid City Public Library continues to anticipate patron needs. Given the pace and direction of growth in the city and Pennington County, this new location helps ensure that we are providing access to library services to all members of our community."
— Greta Chapman, Library Director
The ribbon-cutting reflects the culmination of years of planning and collaboration between the city, county and school district as they have worked to create a shared facility that would meet the needs of each entity's constituents. According to Chapman, "It's a win-win for everyone. The new library will contribute to the vibrancy of WDT, create more options for library patrons on the east side of Rapid City and help Pennington County provide improved access to library services to residents who live outside the city."
South Dakota has four of America's Star Libraries for 2012
Four South Dakota public libraries have been named to Library Journal's list of America's Star Libraries for 2012. Congratulations!
The designated libraries include Centerville Community Library (5 Stars), Whitewood Public Library (4 Stars), Elk Point-Jefferson Community/School Library (4 Stars), and Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library in De Smet (3 Stars).
Centerville is one of just 30 libraries across the nation to be recognized as a five-star library for each of the five years of this project.
Star libraries are named based on statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance and public internet computer use in relation to the library's total operating expenditures. For the complete article announcing America's Star Libraries see: libraryjournal.com