Library Development


In Focus: Welcome Nina Mentzel, new Metadata Librarian

Nina Mentzel

Nina Mentzel, Metadata Librarian, began her position at the State Library on January 9. We are extremely pleased to have her on staff. Nina brings a multitude of library experience to her new position. For the past six years she served as the Instructional Librarian with the South Dakota Library Network (SDLN). Prior to joining SDLN, she worked in public, military and corporate libraries. Nina's education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University and a Master's Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University.

On a personal note, Nina is originally from the Northeast, born in New York City, and grew up in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. She is an avid, lifelong fan of the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. She and her best friend, James, love hiking, reading and traveling (especially by cruise ship!). They have three beloved cats.

As Metadata Librarian, Nina will provide original cataloging for the State Library's main collection as well as the digitization project. She will also serve as a consultant and trainer for all librarians throughout the state in regard to cataloging, integrated library systems and digitization. Please contact Nina if you have cataloging, automation or digitization questions. Nina's email is and her phone number is 605-773-6391.


What to do with unsolicited materials? Check your gift policy

A box arrives at your library, full of new books you did not order. A patron donates a bag full of recorded books on cassette. A teacher donates his old college textbooks. What do you do with these items?

Any materials that you did not order for your library are considered gifts. Some of these are as welcome as a holiday sweater two sizes too small. They just don't fit your library! When these gifts arrive, refer to your collection development policy and the gift policy within it.

Time to review your policy?

Here are some samples:

What to do with unwanted materials? Your policy or your funding body may specify how these materials must be handled. If not, here are some suggestions: Put them on a book sale, use them to make crafts, put them in the trash, return them to the sender or recycle them. This September 2012 Cornerstone article offers other ideas: What to Do with Weeded Materials

For more information on policies, see the Public Library Trustee Wiki.


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