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South Dakota State Library Services

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

YourSDLibrary digital branch library websites program

The South Dakota State Library is working with Mile Up web developers to help public libraries launch their own library websites. The following services are offered FREE of charge to participating public libraries:

  • A one-page website template that is designed to be easy for you to manage
  • An easy-to-remember website address
  • hosting service
  • start-up assistance

You can do this! In 2020 we purchased accounts for 40 libraries. If you would like to add your library to the wait list for a website in 2021, Contact Shawn at SDSL.

If you do not think your library needs a new website, please read on…

Why your library needs a website

A website is your library’s:

  • Yellow Pages listing. The web is where people look to find out your library’s hours, contact info, what services you have.
  • Online front door. First impressions are important! Having a library website shows that your library is a modern, relevant institution.
  • Digital branch. Your website should provide access to your library’s ebooks and other digital offerings and to the online research and reference resources provided by SDSL.

Why your library needs a new website

If you already have a website or a webpage on your city/county website, ask yourself:

  • Is it easy to find my library’s website online?
  • Is it easy to tell people the address of my library’s website?
  • Can I update my library’s website when I need to?
  • Does my library’s website give the impression that we are committed to providing quality information services and programming?
  • Is my library’s website ADA compliant and secure?
  • Does my website work well on a mobile phone?

…but I have a Facebook page…

Social media is great for promoting the library, but you need a website for providing access to your library’s digital services.

Good to know

The State Library will pay for your account, the webpage template, and hosting fees for your library website. If you decide you’d like to add additional pages or other features, you may make arrangements with the vendor to purchase optional add-ons on your own. 

Visit the websites of these participating digital branch libraries.

A. H. BROWN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Mobridge)

ahbrown.yoursdlibrary.org

ALCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

alcester.yoursdlibrary.org

BELLE FOURCHE PUBLIC LIBRARY

bellefourche.yoursdlibrary.org

BOWDLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

bowdlepublic.yoursdlibrary.org

CLEAR LAKE CITY LIBRARY

clearlakebooks.yoursdlibrary.org

DELL RAPIDS CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY

dellscarnegie.yoursdlibrary.org

EDGEMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY

edgemontlibrary.org

ELK POINT-JEFFERSON COMMUNITY/SCHOOL LIBRARY

epjcommunity.yoursdlibrary.org

EMIL M. LARSON LIBRARY (Clark)

emilmlarson.yoursdlibrary.org

HAMLIN-CODINGTON REGIONAL LIBRARY

hcbookmobile.yoursdlibrary.org

HAND COUNTY LIBRARY

handcounty.yoursdlibrary.org

HARRISBURG COMMUNITY LIBRARY

hcl.yoursdlibrary.org

HAZEL L. MEYER MEMORIAL LIBRARY (DeSmet)

hazelmeyermemorial.yoursdlibrary.org

HURLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

hurleypublic.yoursdlibrary.org

KEYSTONE TOWN LIBRARY

keystone.yoursdlibrary.org

KIMBALL PUBLIC LIBRARY

kimball.yoursdlibrary.org

LAKE ANDES CARNEGIE LIBRARY

lakeandes.yoursdlibrary.org

LOWER BRULE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

lowerbrulecc.yoursdlibrary.org

M. P. BEEBE MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Ipswich)

ipswichsd.yoursdlibrary.org

MIDLAND COMMUNITY LIBRARY

midland.yoursdlibrary.org

MOODY COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER

moodycounty.yoursdlibrary.org

OGLALA LAKOTA COLLEGE LIBRARY

woksapetipi.yoursdlibrary.org

PARKER PUBLIC LIBRARY

parkerpublic.yoursdlibrary.org

PARKSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

parkstonpublic.yoursdlibrary.org

PHOEBE APERSON HEARST FREE LIBRARY (Lead)

leadlib.com

PLATTE PUBLIC LIBRARY

platte.yoursdlibrary.org

POTTER COUNTY FREE LIBRARY

pottercounty.yoursdlibrary.org

R. E. RAWLINS MUNICIPAL LIBRARY

rawlins.yoursdlibrary.org

REDFIELD CARNEGIE LIBRARY

redfield.yoursdlibrary.org

SCOTLAND COMMUNITY LIBRARY

scotlandcommunity.yoursdlibrary.org

SELBY COMMUNITY/SCHOOL LIBRARY

selby.yoursdlibrary.org

SHERWOOD MEMORIAL LIBRARY

dolandcommunity.yoursdlibrary.org

SISSETON MEMORIAL LIBRARY

sissetonmemorial.yoursdlibrary.org

TRIPP PUBLIC LIBRARY

tripp.yoursdlibrary.org

TYNDALL PUBLIC LIBRARY

tyndall.yoursdlibrary.org

WALL COMMUNITY LIBRARY

wall.yoursdlibrary.org

WEBSTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

webster.yoursdlibrary.org

WESSINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

wessingtonpublic.yoursdlibrary.org

WESSINGTON SPRINGS CARNEGIE LIBRARY

wessingtonsprings.yoursdlibrary.org

WHITE LAKE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

whitelake.yoursdlibrary.org

 

Which elements on my library's web page am I able to update?

Libraries can update the text and images between the top main image and the footer. Other content is locked. It was set up this way to make editing worry-free for you. Contact Shawn if you wish to have editing permission to the header and footer areas of your library's web page.

How do I make updates to my library's website?

Refer to the instructions you were emailed when your library's website went live. Each library has its own account for making updates to its website. Your library's account credentials are on the customized instructions you were sent.

How often should I update my library's website?

You should review all of the information & links on your website at least quarterly. If you use your website to post event information, review and update the content more often. Remember, this is your library's digital branch. Wash the windows and pull the weeds in the parking lot. Don't let it look neglected!

How do I get my library's website visits statistics for the Public Libraries Survey (annual report)?

Use the Gmail address you set up for your library to log into analytics.google.com. Find the number of "Sessions" for the calendar year. This video shows you how to use Google Analytics to report library visits: https://youtu.be/1ZIkwLi4-gE

Why is the State Library telling me to claim my library's Google My Business listing?

When you do a search for an organization, Google shows you a business profile of information about your organization gleaned from the web. You can (and should) claim it so that you can post accurate information about your library. Be sure to point your library Google My Business listing to your new website so people find it easily when they search for your library on the web. Learn more here: https://youtu.be/cT3vMSX46CI

Can I add more features to my library's website?

Yes. SDSL is paying for the basic one-page website and hosting services, but you can add additional features at your own expense. You may contact Mile Up directly to purchase additional pages, news feed, events calendar, event slideshow, search bar. See the optional add-ons (below) for fees.