Contact Name
Ms. Brenda Hemmelman
Contact Title
Interim State Librarian
State Library Address

South Dakota State Library
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2294
United States

Contact Email Address
Grants to State Programs

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.

    YearAllotment Value
    2018 $1,010,089.00
    2019 $1,019,533.00
    2020 $1,132,165.00
    2021 $1,171,493.00
    2022 $1,165,929.00
    5 Year Plan Text

    Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. View all states' plans.

    5 year plan
    Attachment Size
    southdakota5yearplan.pdf 230.92 KB
    5 Year Evaluation Text

    At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. View all states' evaluations.

    5 year evaluation
    Attachment Size
    southdakota5yearevaluation.pdf 2.25 MB

    Project Examples

    Braille and Talking Book Program
    This grant provided the South Dakota State Library with funds to run the Braille and Talking Book Library Program.  It provided books in audio or braille format for citizens unable to use standard print. The State Library partnered with the South Dakota Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Veterans Administration to ensure inclusion of those unable to use standard print. Citizens could access the program by a toll-free 800 number, email or computer. Reader advisors helped clients and their caregivers with the program’s services. Clients learned about the program through a quarterly newsletter (print and recorded formats), listservs, news releases to the general press, and by meeting with client groups or organizations. Site visits were made to the 88 public libraries and 196 nursing homes/assisted living facilities. Staff also exhibited and presented at conferences around the state.
    IMLS Funds: $386,907

    Library Training & Public Library Institute
    The South Dakota State Library increased access to professional development for all library staff by offering in-person events and webinars.  One program, the Library Institute, focused on small public libraries.  Another program, School Library Boot Camp, had the theme “STEM in the 21st Century School Library” and explored teaching strategies for the South Dakota Science and Common Core Standards. Boot Camp is now a permanent methods course in the Black Hills State University Department of Education. Those who attend Boot Camp can use the course as part of their South Dakota school library certification endorsement requirement or teaching certificate renewal.  Participants included certified teacher librarians, classroom teachers, technology integrationists, and school library paraprofessionals. Attendees represented 43% of the schools statewide.
    IMLS Funds: $11,605

    Digital Services and Reference
    The South Dakota State Library digitized nearly 700 state publications and provided reference services for libraries and state government. This program employs 1.5 full time staff. The state library also added “born digital” state publications to the library catalog.
    IMLS Funds: $40,981

    Review recent Grants to States projects from this state library in the State Program Report database.

    Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state or view the State Details Dashboard..

    View the IMLS funding by state report - South Dakota (PDF 1.04 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

    Five-Year Plan Highlights

    Goal 1A: Improve library services delivered to South Dakota citizens through increased professional development opportunities related to the nine LSTA Purposes, in collaboration with the South Dakota Library Association and others.

    • Projects include:
      • Provide, sponsor and promote workshops, webinars and additional training programs.
      • Present and exhibit at statewide conferences
      • Maintain an interactive/accessible website, provide a variety of general and subject-based online databases statewide as well as an e-newsletter/blog
      • Promote and increase the use of social media for communicating and training
      • Work collaboratively with educators and the Department of Education to help all students to be college and career ready, promote reading initiatives and train and certify educators and librarians
      • Partner with state universities to deliver information on literacy training and events for current and prospective school librarians and other educators
      • Promote school library standards and guidelines based on national standards and guidelines
      • Promote voluntary certification for public library staff and accreditation for public libraries
      • Promote adult, teen, and children’s services
      • Jump Start Annual Training Workshops: Provide annual workshops in collaboration with National CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program).
      • “Future Ready” School Libraries: Partner with educators and school districts to showcase 21st century school libraries and programming.
      • Partner with DOE, educators, and school districts to provide professional development opportunities to school districts.
      • 21st Century School Library: Promote/refine our self-assessment tool. Recognize schools who have successfully transitioned with a formal award program.
      • Provide basic and on-going board training to build leadership capacity among local trustees.
      • Review and strengthen the South Dakota State Library accreditation standards.

    Goal 1B: Strengthen the ability of local libraries to meet the needs of their local constituents by providing resources and professional expertise that supports one or more of the LSTA Purposes.

    • Projects include:
      • Provide workshops and training presented by in-house staff, additional presenters, or outside online training program memberships such as Web Junction.
      • Promote webinars provided by other libraries and organizations. Public Library Training Institute/School Library Boot Camp
      • Present and exhibit at statewide conferences.
      • Perform site visits as able.
      • Maintain interactive and current website along with Cornerstone (e-newsletter blog) and an increased social media presence.
      • Collaborate and coordinate with other organizations in purchasing online databases accessible statewide.
      • Provide training to educators and local library staff for statewide online databases and other electronic resources.
      • Braille and Talking Book services.
      • Provide access to state and federal documents through ongoing digitization projects.
      • Facilitate regional meetings through collaboration with area public libraries for increased board training opportunities and building local institutional capacity.
      • State Library Collection Development: Select materials for the State Library collection based on the State Library’s collection development policy.
      • Promote/refine our self-assessment tool to serve as a guide for best practices and recognize schools who have successfully transitioned with a formal award program.
      • Create materials to promote local libraries (school or public).
      • Publish promotional material for services and training offered by the State Library.
      • Tots ‘n Teens Workshop: On a rotating (bi-annual) basis provide for a “Tots ‘n Teens” (T-n-T) workshop every November promoting early literacy or teen technology

    Goal 2: Collections (print, media, and electronic) of the South Dakota State Library will meet the specialized needs of the state’s citizens.

    • Projects include:
      • Provide in-person and online training to local library staff on marketing and searching the electronic resources.
      • Purchase statewide licensed databases based on a needs assessment, and recommendations of the Electronic Resources Task Force.
      • Select materials for the state library collection based on the state library’s collection development policy.
      • Work with state agencies and the libraries to identify, capture, digitize, preserve, and promote state, federal and historical documents.
      • Expand use of the state and federal documents through educating local library staff about those documents.
      • Explore the “next generation” of audio and e-book collections and technology including new emerging Wi-Fi technology.

    Goal 3A: Promote and encourage resource sharing.

    • Projects include:
      • Offer and conduct trainings to educators and local library staff on searching the online databases and other electronic resources.
      • Purchase/sustain statewide licensed databases based on the recommendations of the Electronic Resources Task Force.
      • In-person and online training to local library staff about the information found in state and federal documents and how to access the documents online.
      • Offer in-person and online information literacy training to local library staff.
      • Provide reference assistance to South Dakota libraries.
      • Strengthen discovery layer solutions that will bridge multiple online systems and offer regional ILL access.
      • Promote ecard registration through the State Library’s website, exhibits, conferences and Cornerstone newsletter blog.

    Goal 3B: Provide services to visually/physically impaired and reading disabled citizens.

    • Projects include:
      • Titles will be selected for the collection based on the Braille and Talking Book collection development policy.
      • State Library staff will visit nursing homes, other residential facilities and local/state conferences to discuss the Braille and Talking Book programs.
      • Jump Start Program: State Library staff will present information about Braille and Talking Book services during the annual Jump Start program and/or at other conferences such as SDLA

    Goal 3C: Facilitate shared purchasing of resources by libraries.

    • Projects include:
      • The Electronic Resources Task Force: Convene alternating years to evaluate and trial current online databases and potential purchases.
      • South Dakota State Library will facilitate online collaborations such as SD Titles to Go.
      • South Dakota State Library will investigate other statewide collaborative purchases.
      • South Dakota State Library will negotiate ongoing statewide resource contracts.
      • South Dakota State Library will recruit libraries and train local library staff to join collaborative efforts.

    IMLS Data Collection

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

    Public Libraries Survey
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