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For Immediate Release: June 8, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Former assistant state librarian to receive national honor

South Dakota’s former Assistant State Librarian Dan Boyd has been selected to receive a national award from the American Library Association.

Boyd oversaw the Braille and Talking Book program for the South Dakota State Library until his retirement last year.

He will be presented with the 2010 Francis Joseph Campbell Award this month during a reception in Washington, D.C. A special citation and a medal commemorating his efforts will be awarded at the June 27 event.

Boyd was selected for the honor because of his advocacy and leadership in promoting literacy and accessibility to students with disabilities. As assistant state librarian, he created a nationally recognized program for the production of alternative format textbooks through a partnership with the South Dakota State Penitentiary and federal prison system.

The program produces Braille and large-print textbooks and trains inmates to become Library of Congress certified Braille transcribers. The program also provides tactile graphics to Braille transcribers nationwide.

Boyd has shared his experience and knowledge of Braille production in correctional institutions with librarians across the country at numerous workshops and presentations, and he has served as an ex-officio trustee of the American Printing House for the Blind. In addition, he created a national listserv for libraries to exchange information about loaning accessible textbooks.

“Because of Dan Boyd’s leadership, South Dakota has positioned itself as a pioneer in the production and distribution of Braille textbooks,” said state Secretary of Education Tom Oster. “The Braille and Talking Book Library is a great source of pride for our state, and Dan is certainly deserving of this immense honor.”

*Oster (OH’-stur)