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South Dakota

State Librarian

Ms. Daria Bossman
State Librarian
South Dakota State Library
MacKay Building
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2294
Phone: 605/773-3167
Fax: 605/773-6962

State library website:

photo of South Dakota State Librarian“Our mission is directed at public, academic, and K-12 school libraries. We’ll grow our e-resources and encourage the sharing of best practices statewide.  Our development team will continue its in-demand train-the-trainers program for local library staffs, teachers, and principals to familiarize them with all available resources.”

--Daria Bossman, State Librarian, South Dakota State Library

Read the South Dakota State Library interview with IMLS.


The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


Recent Allotments

2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$1,005,672 $995,771 $977,994 $994,366 $996,021

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Project Examples

School Library Boot Camp participants at computersLibrary Training and Public Library Training Institute
The state library offered a variety of continuing education and professional development opportunities to library staff throughout South Dakota. Its Public Library Training Institute, now in its 26th year, is a four-year program of continuing education for library practitioners, support staff, and trustees of small public libraries, and it provides in-depth classes in administration, youth services, children’s services, and reference and collection development. During the project period 30 graduates of the program were recognized as certified library practitioners. Because the school library community in South Dakota continues to have a need for certified staff, the state library offered a School Library Boot Camp the past two years. This four-day workshop is organized around Common Core standards in collaboration with the University of South Dakota. The 27 attendees could use the course as part of their South Dakota school library certification requirement or to renew their teaching certificate. State library staff also taught 379 workshops attended by 6,874.
IMLS Funds: $14,233

Jump Start workshop to promote summer reading program planningChildren’s Services
The state library supported South Dakota public libraries’ efforts to provide programs for children and young adults, assisted schools and developing school media programs, and supported families in encouraging reading to their children. Jump Start workshops were held in five locations in February to promote summer reading program planning, and 95 librarians attended statewide. The state library partnered with the South Dakota Department of Social Services to provide a Baby’s First Library Card in approximately 10,000 Bright Start boxes to encourage new parents to start using public libraries on behalf of their children from birth. They also offered a summer Library Institute focused on teen services and programming, which 30 librarians attended.
IMLS Funds: $3,808

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.


Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read South Dakota's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 108KB). View all states' plans.


Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Acquire, maintain, and promote collections that meet the needs of library users of all ages and all abilities.
  • Provide lifelong learning resources in digital and print formats.


  • Promote literacy for all ages through collaboration with other agencies, organizations, or institutions that focus on literacy development.

Information Access

Access to E-Resources

  • Provide South Dakota citizens and libraries with online databases to meet their educational and research needs, as well as information that enhances quality of life.
  • Continue to use the Electronic Resources Task Force to evaluate and recommend additional e-resources.
  • Continue to monitor and update the state library’s interactive website.
  • Expand resource sharing by continuing to negotiate statewide contracts for online databases.
  • Collaborate with individual libraries and consortia to implement a discovery layer for bridging multiple online systems.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Provide statewide access to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)/WorldCat catalog to facilitate out-of-state interlibrary loan requests.


  • Identify, capture, digitize, preserve, promote, and make accessible historical publications.
  • Acquire, organize, and maintain multi-format collections that have a specific content focus, such South Dakota history and culture, Native American history and culture, and reference and professional materials.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Promote and assist library staff in the implementation of 21st century library skills through training, onsite consultation, and website information.
  • Provide a variety of social media tools for library staff for communication and education purposes.


  • Support South Dakota Department of Education activities that advance strengthening school library programs.
  • Collaborate with the South Dakota Department of Education and other agencies to bring training opportunities to school, public, and academic librarians and educators working among Native Americans.

Civic Engagement

Access to Government Information

  • Identify, capture, digitize, and make accessible state and federal documents.
  • Advocate for effective access to government information.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Provide lifelong learning resources in Braille and Talking Book formats.
  • Collaborate with state government and other agencies to promote ADA compatibility of websites, digital products, and electronically archived images.


Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read South Dakota's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 587KB). View all states' evaluations.


IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for South Dakota's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 338KB).