FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 19, 2020

Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, 1-605-773-7228 , or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, 1-605-773-2593 ,

South Dakota librarians awarded certification

PIERRE, S.D. — The State Library has awarded certification to 12 librarians from nine libraries across South Dakota. The voluntary certification program recognizes library directors and staff members who have met the certification standards. The program's goals are to help library directors and staff acquire, sustain, and develop skills through continuing education in order to provide better services to their communities. Through this program, the State Library acknowledges public library directors and staff who update their knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. Further information about the certification process can be found at .

Congratulations to these librarians, who will be recognized during a special virtual ceremony in November:

  • Sara Weishaar, Bison Public Library
  • Leslie Brondsema, Huron Public Library
  • Jennifer Littlefield, Huron Public Library
  • Mary Jo Parker, Lake Andes Carnegie Library
  • Kevin Kenkel, Mitchell Public Library
  • Zackery North, Mitchell Public Library
  • Sarah Jones-Lutter, Redfield Carnegie Library
  • Amber Wilde, Grace Balloch Memorial Library (Spearfish)
  • Daniel Burniston, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
  • Amanda Raiche, Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library
  • Ester Johannesen, Wall Community Library
  • Misti Burns, Tripp County Library (Winner)