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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.

Board Agenda and Minutes

  • Meeting: January 19, 2016: Pierre
    Mercedes MacKay Building, 800 Governors Dr.
    Library Legislative Day: January 20, 2016
  • Meeting: September 23, 2015: Rapid City
    Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 2111 N. Lacrosse St.,
    Roosevelt Room
    Conference call: 1-866-410-8397 [Code 6057735055]
    1:30 pm (MT)
    • Agenda PDF Download
      • Attachment A: Board Minutes, July 2015 Meeting PDF Download
      • Attachment B: LSTA Survey PDF Download
      • Attachment C: Organizational Chart PDF Download
      • Attachment D: 21st Century Award PDF Download
      • Attachment E: Boot Camp 2015 Report PDF Download
    • Minutes PDF Download
  • Archive of past meetings

News and Press Releases


State Library Cornerstone Electronic Newsletter

The State Library produces an online newsletter, with eleven issues a year. Columns include "Continuing Education", "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 program newsleetter
Prairie Trails Memorandum

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


Braille and Talking Book Strategic Plan 2015-2018 PDF Download
The Strategic Plan is also available in braille and audio formats. If you would like to borrow a copy please contact your Reader Advisor. Comments about the Strategic Plan may be sent to Colleen Kirby or you may call her at 1-800-423-6665, option 6.

Digitization Long Range Plan PDF Download
Presented November 2013 PDF Download

Library Services and Technology Act South Dakota State Library Five Year Plan: 2013-2017 PDF Download
Approved June 2012, Resubmitted Sept 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 2014-2018 PDF Download
A South Dakota State Library for the 21st Century

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

Computer and Internet Use Policy
Revised, June, 2010.

South Dakota Public Library Trustees Wiki URL to south dakota state library wiki spaces


State of the State Library Addresses are listed below, presented annually at the SDLA fall conferences.

  • 2014 Video replay: Slideshow with text
  • 2013 Video replay: Video (in segments)

Promotional Resources

Top 10 Reasons to Support Libraries
Lettersized poster available:

  • 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.

  • 2014 PDF download
  • 2013 PDF download
  • 2012 PDF download
  • 2011 PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
  • 2009 PDF download
  • 2008 PDF download
2013 Data Digests

South Dakota School Libraries: Data Digest

  • 2015 PDF download
  • 2014 PDF download
  • 2013 PDF download
  • 2012 PDF download
  • 2011 PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
2015 School Library Data Digests

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

  • 2013 Link to   PDF Download
  • 2012 Link to   PDF Download
  • 2011 PDF download
  • 2010 PDF download
  • 2009 PDF download
SDSL Annual Report

South Dakota Public Library Standards PDF Download
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.
Revised January 2015

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.

White Papers

Automation: Integrated Library Systems
The following white papers conceptualize automation for public and school libraries in South Dakota.

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South Dakota State Library Cornerstone

SDSL's e-Newsletter
- Library Features & Headlines
- Why Didn't I Think of That?

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