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:
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.