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9/23/2015 » 9/25/2015
2015 Annual Conference Exhibitors Registration


Welcome to SDLA!

The South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) is a statewide organization representing libraries, library employees, library trustees, and library supporters. SDLA provides leadership and educational opportunities, and supports its members in meeting the challenges of providing quality library service to all South Dakotans. Bookmark us at



January 13, 2015 (updated January 20, 2015)

Some exciting changes for SDLA Legislative Day!

Please save the date: the 2015 SDLA Legislative Day is January 22. Unlike previous years, we will be hosting a lunch in the Capitol Rotunda. By inviting the legislators and other officials to lunch, we hope to have more legislators attend and also make it easier for librarians to travel to Pierre to participate.

The tentative schedule for the day 
is as follows:
• 10:00-11:30 SDLA Executive Board Meeting
• 12:00-1:30 Luncheon-Capitol Rotunda
• 2:00-3:00 Attend Sessions-Senate and House Chambers
• 3:30-4:30 State Library Certification Ceremony-Capitol Rotunda

Because we have the Rotunda reserved for the day, the SDLA Issues Committee is calling for libraries to prepare tabletop displays that show legislators the value, benefits, and importance of libraries. Please email me- if you would like to participate or if you have ideas for a display. 

On behalf of the SDLA Issues Committee,
Stephanie Bents
Siouxland Libraries

December 18, 2014

Program proposals for the 2015 SDLA Conference are now being accepted by the programming committee. Happy Holidays!

November 26, 2014

View the October/November/December issue of Book Marks today! USPS and courier newsletters were sent earlier this week. Happy Thanksgiving!

October 21, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 SDLA Award Winners! Robin Schrupp, Pierre Municipal Library, was named Librarian of the Year. Jane Abernathy, Piedmont Valley Library, was named New Librarian of the Year. Bell Jacobsen, SD State Library, earned the Support Staff award. Fern Giannonatti, Northwest Regional Library, was named Friend of the Library. Congratulations to a very deserving group of women! Pictured below are Fern Giannonatti, Robin Schrupp, and Jane Abernathy.


 September 8, 2014 

Congratulations to the newest SDLA board members; positions will take effect during the SDLA Conference. Kathy Jacobs-Wibbels, Yankton Public Library, will take on the position of Vice-President/President Elect. Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, will be the new Recording Secretary. 

August 27, 2014

The July/August/September issue of Books Marks was delivered via email yesterday. Please click here to see the current issue. Email with questions. Thank you!

August 1, 2014

Elections are open until Sept. 1, 2014.
Vote Online or contact Laura Olson, Exec. Scty/Treas. at for a paper ballot.

July 23, 2014 - Position Statements of the SDLA Candidates 
Vice-President/President Elect - Two Candidates

Note: Election instructions will be posted soon.

Danielle Loftus:

As a library professional, I feel it’s a privilege and an honor to serve in state, regional, national and international library associations. Library service lets us be a resource for other librarians and lets us give back to the library profession. It is also a great way to meet colleagues and potential friends. Read More

Kathy Jacobs-Wibbels:

I am honored to be asked to run for Vice President/President Elect of SDLA.  I am at a point in my career that I feel I have the experience and knowledge to give back to professional organizations as a part of my responsibility to my profession.  I began my career as a school library media specialist and am ending it as a public library director.  I truly love libraries and librarians and want to do what I can to make SDLA a stronger organization. Read More

Secretary - Two Candidates

Nita Gill:

I’m running for SDLA Secretary because I feel being active in our state association not only supports and aids South Dakota libraries, but also brings personal growth to those involved. It is a way to continue my own professional development and to network with South Dakota librarians. To this office, I would bring thoroughness, assistance, and precision. I bring experience from committee and community board work.
Read More 


Linda Kott:

I am seeking office as a way to give back to SDLA and my profession. I have benefited from the connections and professional development opportunities available through SDLA and want to work to see these continue for others in the profession.

Read More 

July 17, 2014

Time is running out!  Do you know a librarian (school, public or academic), community library supporter, support staff or trustee who has made a difference in your library or community? The annual SDLA conference is just over 2 months away and with a busy summer ahead please take the time NOW to nominate that special someone for their hard work in your community.  These wonderful colleagues or friends of the library won't get state level recognition unless you take the time to nominate them for a SDLA Award.

Click on the AWARDS link above for more information and a nomination form. Nominations must be received on or before August 1st.


May 12, 2014

Click on the Book Marks link to the right to view the April/May/June issue of Book Marks, the SDLA quarterly newsletter. Members will be receiving their issues soon depending on their chosen format. Email Melissa Weber at with comments and suggestions. Enjoy!

March 25, 2014

The SDLA Nominating Committee is in the process of selecting candidates for SDLA Recording Secretary and VP/President Elect. The Bylaws allow for "Nomination by Petition" candidates in addition to the candidates selected by the Committee. Any member of the Association may present a petition signed by not fewer than 15 members of the Association proposing additional nominations. Petition nominations can be submitted to Nancy Sabbe, the current committee chair ( The deadline for petition nominations is April 15, 2014.

March 20, 2014


Please welcome Maria Gruener of Watertown Regional Library as new section chair.  She was formerly the ViceChair/Chair-Elect/Secretary of the section and is moving into the Chair position. Former chair, Marjorie DeJong of Sturgis Public Library, accepted a position as Technical Services Coordinator at the Pioneerland Library System in Minnesota.  Congratulations to both of these leaders!

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