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About SDSL | Publications


The South Dakota State Library publications and forms are available in Adobe Acrobat format exactly as it appears in print or in a Web format. First time users of the PDF format must perform a one-time only installation of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader Software Web URL before they will be able to read or print the document. This format is used extensively both on the Web and on this site.


State Library Cornerstone Electronic Newsletter

The State Library produces an online newsletter, with eleven issues a year. Columns include "Continuing Education Opportunities", "Trends and More", and "Why Didn't I Think of That?". This newsletter is also available with an RSS feed.

State Library Braille and Talking Book Library newsleetter
Prairie Trails Memorandum

Braille & Talking Book Library, Quarterly. Available online in either web or PDF format.


Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2018-2022 PDF Download
Approved September 2017

State Publications Digitization Long Range Plan PDF Download
Approved November 2013

Strategic Plan 2014-2018 PDF Download
Approved November 2013

Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017 PDF Download
Approved June 2012, Resubmitted September 2012
IMLS Approval Letter PDF Download

South Dakota State Library LSTA Five Year Plan Evaluation Report: 2008-2012 PDF Download
Approved January 2012

South Dakota Libraries for the 21st Century: LSTA Five Year Plan 2008-2013 PDF Download
Revised November 2007

South Dakota State Library Strategic Plan: FY 2007-2013 PDF Download
As South Dakota becomes more deeply engaged in the global knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, the need to adapt has never been more urgent.

South Dakota State Library: Evaluation and Planning Project PDF Download
Compiled by Dr. Mary C. Bushing in 2006, This six-month study of the programs, resources, and role of the South Dakota State Library (SDSL) has resulted in many changes already in both the state library operations and in the dialogue about libraries and library services within the state. No matter what happens in the future regarding the recommendations and the work of the consultant, the fabric of the library network has been changed by the very act of asking questions and challenging individuals and groups to think differently about library services, the role of the state library, the role of local libraries, and the future of information and books.

Policies & Manuals

Collection Development Policy PDF Download
Approved by the SDSL Board, January 2015

Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials Form PDF Download
Revised 2014

Computer and Internet Use Policy
Revised, June, 2010

document coverSD Guide for Library Boards, Pocket Edition PDF Download
Revised 2017

South Dakota Public Library Trustees Wiki URL to south dakota state library wiki spaces
Original publication 1994; Online version created 2013, updated as necessary by SDSL staff

Promotional Resources

Top Reasons to Support Your Library PDF download
Lettersized full color poster for public libraries to personalize with their statistical data and have printed. 2017

Top 10 Reasons to Support Libraries
Lettersized poster available 2007:

  • Black and White PDF download or
  • Color PDF download

A Day in the Life…


South Dakota Public Libraries: Data Digest
The South Dakota State Library has compiled an annual report of public library statistics that librarians can use as talking points with their citizens, councilmen, commissioners, and legislators.

  • 2017 PDF download
  • 2016 PDF download
  • 2015 PDF download
  • 2014 PDF download
  • 2013 PDF download
  • 2012 PDF download
  • 2011 PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
  • 2009 PDF download
  • 2008 PDF download
Public Libraries Data Digest

See also Top Reasons to Support Your Library PDF download
Lettersized poster for libraries to personalize and promote.

South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest

  • 2017 PDF download
  • 2016 PDF download
  • 2015 PDF download
  • 2014 PDF download
  • 2013 PDF download
  • 2012 PDF download
  • 2011 PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
School Library Data Digest

South Dakota State Library: Highlights
The South Dakota Department of Education: South Dakota State Library Annual Report

  • 2016-17 PDF download
  • 2014-15 PDF download
  • 2012-13 Link to content dm item
  • 2011-12 Link to content dm item
  • 2011 HighlightsPDF download
  • 2010 HighlightsPDF download
  • 2009 HighlightsPDF download
SDSL Annual Report 2016-17

South Dakota Public Library Standards
The purpose of the voluntary certification and accreditation program for public libraries and librarians in South Dakota is to encourage the ongoing development of quality library service in the state.

School Library Guidelines, South Dakota 2010 PDF Download
Effective school libraries make a powerful difference in student achievement and help to form the habit of reading and learning for a lifetime. To be effective it is essential that a school library have a place, a program, and a professional.

School Library Content Standards, South Dakota 2010 PDF Download
School librarians in collaboration with all content area teachers empower students to fully engage in our global, digital world. To be successful participants in this world, students must be able to carry out the processes of inquiry and problem solving, develop multiple literacies, and practice the tenets of ethical participation in society.

Media Release
Newly accredited public libraries to be honored in Capitol rotunda
February 8, 2018

State Library Board
February 13, 2018, Pierre

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