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South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) Web Link to South Dakota Library Association

National/ International

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Copyright and Public Domain

Copyright law is an issue that libraries must deal with almost daily. The answer to any copyright question is “It depends.” Digital Right Management, fair use, licensing, Creative Commons, permissions—these are a few of the terms to know.

Public Domain materials are no longer in copyright (published before 1923) or never were copyrighted. They may be freely used without permission. Two popular sites of compiled digitized public domain materials are Public Doman Review. It has links to texts, sorted by genre. Project Gutenberg is a collection of ebooks in public domain.

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Libraries of South Dakota


National/ International

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Disaster Preparedness

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ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) Web Link to ADA Accessibility Guidelines. All new library buildings or buildings that are undergoing substantial remodeling must be compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilites Act.

Public Library Space Needs: A Planning Outline Web Link to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The state of Wisconsin has published a very helpful guide for determining space needs for public libraries. Whether you are planning a totally new building, an addition, or just a reorganization of the space you already have, this guide will assist in providing adequate space for technology, for staff work areas, etc. A print copy of this guide is available for loan if you cannot download from this site.

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Administrative Rules and South Dakota Codified Laws pertaining to libraries in South Dakota.

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Policies and Procedures

South Dakota Public Library Standards

Public Library Standards

The South Dakota Public Library Certification/Accreditation Standards were originally developed and administered by the South Dakota Library Association. In June 2008, the SDLA Board voted to move the administration of both the Certification and the Accreditation Standards to the South Dakota State Library. If you have questions about the Librarian Certification or Library Accreditation process, call the State Library at 605-773-3131.

The purpose of the accreditation process is to encourage the ongoing development of quality library service in the state.

Intellectual Freedom Toolkits (ALA) Web Link to Intellectual Freedom Toolkits

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Libraries and the Internet Toolkit Web Link to ALA from ALA.

Library Technology Planning: An Outline of the Process Web Link to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction from Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

SirsiDynix Web Link to SirsiDynix

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South Dakota State Library Trustee Wiki

The South Dakota Public Library Trustee Wiki ( Web Link to sd state library dot wiki spaces dot com) is intended to provide information for South Dakota Public Library Trustees to use in the performance of their duties. Building on and updating the content of the South Dakota Public Library Trustees Manual published in 1994, it presents a general overview of:

  • trustee duties and responsibilities
  • the complementary roles of trustees and library directors
  • some of the skills trustees must develop
  • some of the issues trustees face

South Dakota Guide for Library Boards South Dakota Guide for Library Boards PDF downloadPDF Download

    Printing Instructions:
  1. Print in color, duplex or 2 sided, and page centered if possible.
  2. Fold in half horizontally with the back and front covers facing you, and fold in half along the seam of the back and front cover. (Like a greeting card)
  3. Trim off the top fold, and with the front cover facing you, trim off the white on the right side.
  4. Fold and crease. May staple in center as needed.

SDSL Cornerstone e-Newsletter: Board Talk articles

South Dakota Attorney General: Open Government URL Download

Getting On Board: Tools for Board Development and Assessment Web Link to Trustee E-Modules from Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development.

Trustee E-Modules Web Link to Trustee E-Modules from Library of Virginia.

Trustee Essentials Web Link to Trustee Essentials from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Trustee Trouble Web Link Videos by the Wyoming State Library.

Library Improvement Videos Web Link Series of videos by Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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LSTA Files
Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017
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More Publications

South Dakota State Library Cornerstone
SDSL's e-Newsletter articles include:
  - Accreditation
  - Continuing Education
  - Public Library
  - Why Didn't I Think of That?
And many more!

Tumblebooks will no longer be available through the South Dakota State Library as of July 1, 2017.

State Library Board
September 27, 2017, Oacoma

The SD State Library is hiring a Senior Librarian!

Looking for
The web site previously administered by the South Dakota Library Network will be taken down as of July 28, 2017. If any libraries still have links to this site on their library web sites, those links should be removed.

SDSL Public Library Trustee Wiki Web Link to Trustee Wiki
A general overview of trustee duties and responsibilities, issues, and skills to develop.

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