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10/1/2014 » 10/3/2014
2014 SDLA Annual Conference

10/1/2014 » 10/3/2014
Annual Conference - Exhibitors

SDLA Legislative Day


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



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.
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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!

February 6, 2014


We are fortunate that both items on our legislative platform have been introduced in Pierre this year!  Please contact your legislators to support the Library  Districting Bill and the Community Safety Zone Bill.  Our platform and other helpful links are available under the Advocacy links on our webpage.

February 4, 2014

We are currently seeking program proposals for the 2014 SDLA Conference in Pierre, SD. The theme is Libraries: the Center of Everything.  If you have a program you'd like to present or an idea for something you would like to attend, please complete the online form in the 2014 Conference page by March 1st.  Thank you!

January 16, 2014

Your input needed now!  A Bill on Library Districts is moving along. Please check the Advocacy links for the text of the bill and our platform on the topic.Dennis Duncan, our SDLA lobbyist, is looking for comments ASAP.  This is moving quickly and Dennyadvised me that comments next week will be too late.  If you have comments,please e-mail him at  Thanks.

December 30, 2013

Under Construction

The SDLA website and membership management software has been moved from Affiniscape to over the weekend.  We are still working out many aspects of this transfer.  Your username remains the same, however your passwords have all been changed to sdla2013.  Please email Laura at if you have any comments or suggestions and we will add them to the list of things to do.  Thanks so much for your patience!

December 27, 2013

SDLA Legislative Day is all set for Thursday, January 23rd in Pierre. The SDLA Board meets at 12:00 noon (CST) at the State Library. At 4:30 we will help the South Dakota State Library celebrate those who have completed certification this year followed by the annual Legislative Reception from 5 - 7pm at Rawlins Municipal Library. See you there!

December 11, 2013

See it here first! Click on the Book Marks link to the right to view the October/November/December 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!

September 30, 2013

The 2013 SDLA Awards were presented on Thursday evening, September 26th. Please congratulate the following winners!
Denise Vig - Support Staff of the Year 
Dr. Sandra Looney - Friend of the Library
Mike Mullin- Distinguished Service Award
Annie Brunskill - Librarian of the Year
Heather Stephenson – New Librarian of the Year

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