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South Dakota State Library Services

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

Library Media Endorsement

South Dakota does not require school districts to staff their school libraries with certified teacher-librarians; therefore, library personnel ranges across the state. Many large to mid-size districts employ certified teacher-librarians or certified teachers while many smaller, more rural districts hire para-professionals (or para-librarians). This is a district-level decision and one that is based on many factors.


In South Dakota, certified teachers can become endorsed/certified in library media in one of two ways:


(completion of coursework from an accredited university)

Coursework options:


 -or- via PRAXIS TEST

(successful passing of the Library Media Praxis test with a score of at least 152)


BONUS!Boot Camp logo

School Library Boot Camp is an annual training opportunity for all types of educators - teacher-librarians, para-professionals, classroom teachers, reading specialists, and administrators. Boot Camp is a graduate or undergraduate level college course offered by Black Hills State University and the SD State Library. The course can be applied to the Library Methods requirement of BHSU School Library Media minor and the SD DOE library media endorsement. Boot Camp is a hybrid course containing both face-to-face and online instruction.

Contact Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator, SDSL