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Public Libraries (Library Development) | School Libraries | 21st Century School Library Awards

21st Century School Library Awards

The South Dakota State Library, a division of the Department of Education, formally and annually recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through its program, place, and professional. Awards recognize the status of the library as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines. Click here for detailed directions and the award application.

Applications are accepted March 1 through May 1 of each year. The South Dakota State Library 21st Century School Library Committee, comprised of SDSL staff, a representative from DOE, and three previous year awardees, reviews all applications. Award announcements are made in early summer. Awardees are recognized at the Systems Change Conference in October of each year. Award status is valid for a two-year period.

For further inquiries and technical assistance, please contact Joan Upell Email Joan Upell or Marta Stirling Email Marta Stirling at 800/423-6665

2014 21st Century School Library Awardees



Douglas High School, Box Elder

Kimberly Darata

Bud Gusso

Harrisburg South Middle School, Harrisburg

Kristi Jones

Darren Ellwein

Madison Central High School

Joanne Kallhoff

Adam Shaw

O'Gorman High School, Sioux Falls

Mary G. Johnson

Kyle Groos

West Middle School, Rapid City

Shelley Rath

Douglas Foley


Colman-Egan School, Colman

Angie Sewell

Scott Hemmer

Edison Middle School, Sioux Falls

Kjerstin Smith

Steven Griffith


Valley View Elementary School, Rapid City

Jorrie Brandhagen

Wayne Rosby

Wagner Community School, Wagner

Brenda DeHaan

Linda Foos

West Central High School, Hartford

DaNann Kistler

Jeff Danielson

2013 21st Century School Library Awardees



Brookings High School

Jean Kirschenman

Paul vonFischer

Harrisburg High School

Emily Olson

Kevin Lein

Harrisburg Journey Elementary School

Kristi Jones

Micy Highstreet

RCAS Horace Mann Elementary School

Jeff Cosier

Scott Phares

SFP Lincoln High School

Mary Peters

Val Fox

SFP Memorial Middle School

Laura Allard

Carrie Aaron

SFP Roosevelt High School

Jeanne Conner

Tim Hazlett

SFP Washington High School

Kerri Smith

James Nold

Watertown High School

Jean Moulton

Michael Butts


Brookings Mickelson Middle School

Kris Leite

Melinda Jensen

Douglas Middle School

Mavis Schipman

Dan Baldwin

Harrisburg Explorer Elementary School

Amy DeNomme

Mike Munzke

Huron High School

Dawn Coughlin

Demitria Moon

Newell School

Gwendolyn Kitzan

Blake Dahlberg

SFP Discovery Elementary School

Sharlene Lien

Lois Running

SFP Patrick Henry Middle School

Wendy Nelson

Darryl Walker


Agar Blunt Onida-Sully Library

Jackie Aspelin

Kevin Pickner

Meade Co. Sturgis Brown High School

Alissa Adams

Jeff Simmons

RCAS South Park Elementary School

Melissa Thibault

Rod Haugen

RCCSS St. Elizabeth Seton Elem. School

Melissa Hubbell

Barb Honeycutt

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The South Dakota State Library is excited to share with all South Dakota public libraries access to "Short Takes for Trustees" a series of 10 short videos for you and your Trustees to view through March, 2016.

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