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For Immediate Release: Sept. 24, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Public libraries, staff recognized for accreditation efforts



Eight South Dakota libraries were accredited by the South Dakota State Library this year, under a new system of tiered accreditation. In addition, 11 librarians earned their certifications.

Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Accreditation at the Essential level means a library satisfactorily provides the basic services required by state law and federal guidelines. Each subsequent level of accreditation builds on the previous level with additional indicators that libraries must meet. Exemplary is the highest level of service.

Libraries are evaluated in the following areas, as outlined in South Dakota Public Library Standards: governance, administration, access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology, and public relations. The three levels of accreditation are based on the number of indicators achieved in each of the standards.

“We commend these libraries and their staffs,” said South Dakota State Librarian Dan Siebersma. “Securing accreditation and certification signifies their commitment to excellence and dedication to the communities they serve. We know this is a difficult process, and we are here to support them in their efforts.”

Though it is a voluntary process for individual librarians and library staff, South Dakota public librarian certification is a requirement for certain staff members in order for a library, as a whole, to be accredited. More staffing requirements exist at the Enhanced and Exemplary levels.

Library certification is valid for two years.

The following South Dakota public libraries were accredited in 2010 by the South Dakota State Library:

• Freeman Public Library, Freeman (Essential)

• Wall Community Library, Wall (Essential)

• Dorothee Pike Memorial Library, Lake Preston (Essential)

• Edgemont Public Library, Edgemont (Enhanced)

• Elkton Community Library, Elkton (Enhanced)

• Grace Balloch Memorial Library, Spearfish (Enhanced)

• Rapid City Public Library, Rapid City (Exemplary)

• Vermillion Public Library, Vermillion (Exemplary)

In addition, the following librarians received certification from the South Dakota State Library:

• Michelle Koller, Vermillion

• Misi Kayl, Vermillion

• Diane Hedlund, Wall

• Linda Dobrovolny, Yankton

• LeAnn Kaufman, Freeman

• Joyce Moore, Vermillion

• Joyce Brunken, Yankton

• Cynthia Meinen, Mitchell

• Cindy Messenger, Hot Springs

• Ray Caffee, Hand County (Miller)

• Jane Larson, Vermillion

An electronic copy of South Dakota Public Library Standards, including detailed requirements for each level of tiered accreditation, is available on the South Dakota State Library’s webpage at www.library.sd.gov

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*Siebersma (SEE’-burz-muh)