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South Dakota State Library Services

A list of services provided by the South Dakota State Library.

Voluntary Certification for Public Library Staff

The State Library recognizes public library directors and staff who update their knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. The goals of this program are to help library directors and staff acquire and maintain skills in order to provide better library service to their communities.

Certificates are awarded by the SD State Library during the annual SDLA conference in September.

  • The deadline for applications is September of each year. Watch the listservs for specific dates.
  • Certificates will be awarded at the SD Library Association Annual Conference.
  • An individual's certification is valid for three (3) years.
  • To renew at the same level will require 30 contact hours of continuing education during that 3-year period.

Applicants must supply a diploma, transcripts, and/or approved contact hours form (below) for SDSL committee approval.

CERTIFIED LIBRARY DIRECTORS & LIBRARY STAFF: renewal year is three years from last year awarded
Tammy Alexander 2018 Director 3
Diane Altoff 2011, 2015, 2017 Director 2
Vicki Anderson 2015, 2017 Director 3
Melanie Argo 2017, 2019 Staff 1
Jacqueline Aspelin 2013, 2017 Director 2
Angela Bailey 2018 Staff 1
Sherry Bauman 2013, 2017, 2018 Director 3
Rhonda Behrens 2019 Director 2
Stephanie Bents 2013, 2015, 2018 Staff 1
Kim Bonen 2019 Staff 1
Stephanie Brewer 2018 Staff 1
Eric Broussard 2019 Staff 1
Susan Buchanan 2017, 2019 Director 3
Lillie Bucholz 2016, 2018 Director 3
Audrea Buller 2018 Director 3
Daniel Burniston 2018 Director 1
Amylee Caffee 2017, 2019 Staff 1
Jody Carlson 2010, 2015, 2018 Director 3
Raven Christman 2017, 2019 Director 3
Amy Clare 2019 Staff 1
DeeAnn Cole 2011, 2015, 2018 Director 2
Annie Crist 2019 Staff 2
Rachel Davila 2017, 2019 Staff 1
Terri Davis 2019 Director 1
Linda Dobrovolny 2010, 2014, 2017, 2019 Staff 3
Joshua Easter 2018 Staff 3
Megan Eggers 2019 Director 3
Tara Engel 2019 Director 3
Teri Ewalt 2013, 2016, 2018 Director 3
Nita Gill 2013, 2016, 2018 Staff 1
Ashia Gustafson 2018 Director 1
Cynthia Harlan 2011, 2018 Director 2
Sarah Heckmann 2018 Staff 1
Jacqueline Hess 2013, 2016, 2018 Director 1
Melissa Hutmacher 2013, 2017, 2018 Director 3
Dawn Johnson 2017, 2019 Director 2
Kristi Jones 2014, 2017, 2019 Director 2
Nicole Josephson 2017 Staff 2
LeAnn Kaufman 2010, 2014, 2017, 2019 Director 3
Michelle Kass 2018 Director 2
Melissa Kienow 2019 Staff 3
Kimberly Koblank 2013, 2018 Staff 1
Missy Koester 2018 Director 3
Kallie Kronberg 2016, 2018 Director 3
Susan Lippert 2017, 2019 Staff 1
Glenda Maxted 2018 Staff 2 
Cynthia Meinen 2009, 2016, 2018 Staff 2
Doris Ann Mertz 2014, 2017, 2019 Director 2
Sean Minkel 2014, 2017, 2019 Staff 1
Shayna Monnens 2013, 2016, 2018 Staff 1
Debra Moor 2013, 2016, 2018 Director 1
Julie Morren 2017 Staff 1
Jenna Neugebauer 2018 Staff 1
Wendy Nilson 2014, 2017, 2019 Staff 1
Jane Norling 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019 Director 3
Mary Jo Parker 2015, 2018 Director 2
Shawna Przybycien 2018 Staff 1
Kathy Rand 2017, 2019 Director 3
Jan Riggens 2019 Staff 3
Donna Runge 2019 Director 2
Dana Schmidt 2017, 2019 Director 1
Janet Schmidt 2019 Staff 3
Lydia Schnaible 2018 Director 3
Robin Schrupp 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018 Director 1
Robin Scott 2017, 2019 Director 3
Sarah Shoop 2019 Staff 2
Amy Smith 2019 Director 3
Elizabeth Smith 2019 Staff 3
Justin Stevenson 2018 Staff 1
Nancy Swenson 2018 Staff 1
Thea Teasley 2019 Staff 3
Barbara Vander Vorst 2016, 2018 Director 3
Lyle Weekly 2018 Director 3
Liane Welte 2018 Director 3
Dee Dee Whitman 2018 Director 1
Amber Wilde 2011, 2015, 2018 Director 1
Tammy Wollschlager 2018 Staff 3
Tracy Zylstra 2018 Director 3


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Voluntary Accreditation for Public Libraries

South Dakota Public Library Standards is a self-evaluation tool. These standards are intended to:

  • Provide a tool to assess the quality of library service
  • Identify areas needing improvement
  • Aid libraries in gaining maximum community support

The South Dakota State Library accreditation committee will review all applications. Libraries will receive accreditation certificates at SDLA Legislative Day in Pierre.

The manual below is divided into three sections by level of accreditation:

  • ESSENTIAL — the minimum which should be available to all
  • ENHANCED — an expansion of services beyond the basic
  • EXEMPLARY — the highest level of service

Each section is then divided into the following categories:

  • Governance
  • Administration
  • Access
  • Collections and Resources
  • Funding
  • Staffing
  • Technology
  • Public Relations

Each standard is presented as a statement, allowing the library to easily determine whether it meets or does not meet the criteria.

Accreditation applications may be submitted September through December.  Specific dates will be announced via listserv.

Library accreditations reflect three calendar years.


Brookings Public Library Brookings 2021 Exemplary
Canton Public Library Canton 2020 Enhanced
Cozard Memorial Library Chamberlain 2020 Essential
Custer County Library Custer 2020 Exemplary
Dell Rapids Carnegie Library Dell Rapids 2020 Enhanced
Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library Vermillion 2019 Exemplary
Faith Public/School Library Faith 2019 Exemplary
Freeman Public Library Freeman 2019 Enhanced
Grace Balloch Memorial Library Spearfish 2019 Exemplary
Grant County Library Milbank 2021 Essential
Gregory Public Library Gregory 2020 Exemplary
Grossenburg Memorial, Tripp County Library Winner 2020 Essential
Harrisburg Community Library Harrisburg 2019 Essential
Hill City Community Library Hill City 2021 Enhanced
Hot Springs Public Library Hot Springs 2020 Enhanced
Keystone Community Library Keystone 2019 Essential
Lennox Community Library Lennox 2021 Essential
Madison Public Library Madison 2019 Enhanced
Mitchell Public Library Mitchell 2019 Essential
North Sioux City Community Library North Sioux City 2019 Essential
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library Lead 2020 Essential
Piedmont Valley Library Piedmont 2020 Essential
Potter County Free Library Gettysburg 2021 Enhanced
Rapid City Public Library Rapid City 2019 Exemplary
Rawlins Municipal Library Pierre 2020 Exemplary
Scotland Public Library Scotland 2021 Essential
Wall Community Library Wall 2020 Essential
Watertown Regional Library Watertown 2021 Exemplary
Yankton Community Library Yankton 2020 Exemplary



Alcester Public Library Alcester 2014 Enhanced
Beresford Public Library Beresford 2017 Enhanced
Dorothee Pike Memorial Library Lake Preston 2016 Enhanced
Edgemont Public Library Edgemont 2018 Enhanced
Emil M. Larson Library Clark 2016 Essential
Elkton Community Library  Elkton 2016 Enhanced
Hand County Library Miller 2016 Enhanced
Platte Public Library Platte 2016 Essential
Siouxland Libraries Sioux Falls 2014 Enhanced


Below are messages from our Monthly Reminders Series posted to the public library directors listserv.

January: Public Library Accreditation – The Basics

What is it?

Public Library Accreditation is a VOLUNTARY program in which libraries review a list of standards and evaluate the library based on those standards. These standards are intended to:

  • Provide a tool to assess the quality of library service
  • Identify areas needing improvement
  • Aid libraries in gaining maximum community support

Libraries are accredited for three years at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced, Exemplary. Accredited libraries have to have certified library directors. The application period opens every September and closes in December. Libraries apply using the Public Library Survey portal. Certificates are awarded in a special ceremony at Library Legislative Day the following January or February.

Learn all about Accreditation/Certification by visiting

Here is a handy checklist for you as you go through the application process

February: Public Library Accreditation – Trustee Continuing Education

The voluntary library accreditation application doesn’t open until September, but it’s not too soon to prepare. We get a lot of questions about meeting the continuing education (CE) requirements for library board members. Here are some guidelines to help your trustees share the responsibility. Public library trustees sign on to lead the library by setting policy, engaging in strategic planning, and optimizing the library’s budget. This is an important job!

How to meet trustee CE requirements for accreditation:

Trustees have a three-year period over which they can earn CE hours.

CE hours must be earned by two or more trustees—but all library board members should participate.

For libraries preparing to apply for the Enhanced and Exemplary levels, only a portion of CE hours can be done online.

Please note: You cannot count the library director’s CE hours toward this requirement. Directors’ training hours go toward certification—a separate requirement toward accreditation.

CE requirements:

Essential level: 15 hours

Enhanced level: 30 hours (15 of which must be F2F)

Exemplary level: 45 hours (15 of which must be F2F)

Sharing the responsibility:

If five trustees agree to earn CE hours over the course of three years then the workload for each trustee is as follows:

Essential level: 1 hour per year, per trustee

Enhanced level: 2 hours per year, per trustee

Exemplary level: 3 hours per year, per trustee

You can see that it’s not that much, if you break it down.

How to earn F2F hours:

One trustee can earn approximately 14 hours of CE credit by attending one of the 2-day SDLA annual conferences.

Kathleen can give you more ideas on how your trustees can earn F2F training hours throughout the year.

The State Library provides many opportunities for earning CE hours online. Visit the SDSL Training Opportunities webpage for some ideas

March: Public Library Accreditation – SD Library Training Institute

In Appendix A of the Public Library Accreditation Standards document, you will notice mention of the SD Library Training Institute. What is it and how does it relate to accreditation?

One of the requirements for a library to be accredited is that the library director be certified at the required level. See #15 of the document:

15. The library has a permanent, paid director who is, or will be within two years of hire, certified at the required level, or who is actively enrolled in a program leading to the required certification. (See Appendix A)

You will learn more about library director certification next month, but Public Library Institute is one way that a library director may meet those certification requirements.

Public Library Training Institute is a four-year program of continuing education for South Dakota-based library practitioners, support staff and trustees of small public libraries. The program requires week-long attendance at a host university in June and selected online coursework during the fall and winter months in between the June sessions. No prior formal library science education, or previous college attendance, is required to attend.

Institute participants can start the program at any point in the curriculum, but must complete a four-year program of continuing education that includes on-campus and off-campus requirements in seven (7) years. Institute instructors provide in-depth classes in: the foundations of public library service; public library administration; services to the public; collections; cataloging and metadata; technology; as well as other current topics. Students earn college credit from the host university, and after completion of the program, are recognized as certified public library practitioners.

Scholarships to this program are limited and also based on need. 

April: Public Library Accreditation – Library Director Certification

Last month you learned about SD Public Library Training Institute, which can be used to meet one of the requirements of public library accreditation - that the library director be certified at the required level. Did you miss it? Read it at “Monthly Reminders”

The SD State Library recognizes public library directors and staff who update their knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. The goals of this program are to help library directors and staff acquire and maintain skills in order to provide better library service to their communities. Certificates are awarded during the annual SDLA conference in September. An individual's certification is valid for three (3) years. To renew at the same level requires 30 contact hours of continuing education during that 3-year period.

Library director certification starts with knowing the “population served” by your library. Based on that, you will know whether to apply for Grade I, Grade II, or Grade III certification.

See for all of the requirements as well as documents needed. Visit for all of the information on certification as well as a current list of certified library directors in SD.

May: Public Library Accreditation – How to evaluate programs

If you are applying for Accreditation for the first time, or renewing at the same or another level, you may be required to provide proof that you are regularly evaluating library programs. See Enhanced (#42) or Exemplary (#66) of the Public Library Standards document. If you are renewing at the Enhanced level, you will need to provide three evaluations (one per year over the three year renewal period). If you are renewing at Exemplary level, you will need to provide nine evaluations (three programs per year over the three year renewal period). The SDSL staff has made it easy for you by providing an example of a program evaluation document in Appendix C (page 16) of the Public Library Standards document.

June: Public Library Accreditation – Policy reviews & where to find sample policies

If you are applying for Enhanced or Exemplary status, you will need to provide proof that you are regularly reviewing and updating your library policies (#36 on the standards document). Every library should be doing this, even if not applying for Accreditation. It takes only 10-15 minutes at your board meeting to bring one or two policies before the board to review. If you make it a practice to do this at every board meeting, then it becomes routine and you do not have to review the entire policy manual in one sitting. Does anyone really want to do that? Of course not!

How many policies do I need and where do I find examples? The number of policies depends on your library and the amount of activity happening there. Take a look at the SD State Library LibGuides page on Library Boards & Trustees to learn about what should be contained in a policy manual, some suggested library policies, and policy examples from different libraries.  

July: Public Library Accreditation - Reviewing library bylaws & what they should include

All public libraries should have written bylaws that outline the library board’s purpose and operational procedures (#6 on the Public Library Standards document). Bylaws are organizational rules for conducting the library’s business. A bylaws document is essential for avoiding internal disputes. It is the responsibility of your library’s board to establish its own library bylaws. Your library most likely has its bylaws recorded somewhere, but when was the last time they were revisited? The Public Library Standards document (item #35) requires that library bylaws are reviewed at least every three years.

What should be included in your library’s bylaws?

Library bylaws should indicate which SD public library statute guides the appointment of the board. Bylaws also lay out the schedule for regular meetings, meeting procedures, requirements of a quorum, and duties of officers. When writing or reviewing your library’s bylaws, keep in mind that library board meetings are open to the public therefore are subject to the South Dakota Open Meetings Law. Be aware that some provisions to the Open Meetings Law have been revised in recent years. That’s all the more reason to review your library’s bylaws.

You can find sample library board bylaws and more information about open meetings on the State Library’s LibGuides page for Library Board Meetings

August: Public Library Accreditation – Evaluating the director & where to find sample evaluation forms

Just as employees of any organization are subject to a yearly review, the library director also needs to be evaluated. Although the governing body (city, county, etc) may do a review, the library board is required to complete a review of the director to achieve accreditation at the exemplary level (#61 of the standards document

The state library does not require a copy of the actual evaluation, but a copy of the minutes of the meeting where the director was evaluated needs to be included with the accreditation application.

Need some ideas on what to include on a director evaluation? Visit the resources below. - from our neighbors in Iowa

Some evaluation templates provided by the American Library Association:

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