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2020 Legislative Day

Thank you to everyone who helped make Library Legislative Day 2020 a success!






2020 Legislative Documents

How Do Libraries Transform Communities? PDF 

South Dakota Libraries Infographic (PDF)


Tips for Addressing Legislators (word doc) by SDLA Lobbyist, Eric E. Erickson

Winning Over Decision Makers, (presentation) by SDLA Lobbyist Eric E. Erickson

SDLA encourages attendees to invite the legislators from their area.  They can find their legislators at the following link:  : Find your Legislators Here



The South Dakota Library Association supports the ALA Libraries transform campaign. This campaign is designed to increase awareness of the many services that libraries provide in the digital age and highlights how libraries are more valuable than ever to their communities.  There are many useful resources available at  and also at to help increase awareness of the value of your library.


SDLA Lobbyist: Eric E. Erickson


Cutler Law Firm, LLP

P.O. Box 1400
Sioux Falls, SD 57101-1400


For Eric's biographical information and attorney profile, please visit:



Impact of IMLS Defunding

Letter from SD State Librarian Daria Bossman on the importance of IMLS for SD libraries.


"Winning over decision makers" webinar

This informative webinar presented by SDLA Lobbyist Eric Erickson is designed to help prepare you to advocate for libraries at Legislative Day or just in your hometown.  Find techniques for transforming decision makers into library advocates.  Learn how to work with local and state legislators, council/commission members, alder people, etc. as you work to meet your community’s needs.

To view this webinar click here and enter LegDay2017
(Note: Due to technical difficulties the audio does cut out towards the end of the video)

Powerpoint slides of the presentation are available here.


Federal Issues and National Legislature links:



  • Library Advocate’s Handbook-Published by the American Library Association, this handbook is a quick guide on how to advocate for your library.
  • Advocacy University-Organized by topic, by challenge or by specific group, this site has training videos, documents, and books to help you learn how to advocate for your library.


Library Issues Committee

The SDLA Library Issues Committee keeps track of local, state and federal issues that affect South Dakota’s libraries and librarians. When an issue arises, they inform the members of SDLA about the issue. This allows all members of SDLA to contact appropriate legislators or other decision-makers to influence in favor of South Dakota’s libraries and librarians. The Library Issues committee also proposes a legislative platform for each South Dakota legislative session and plans the annual Legislative Day for SDLA.  The committee consists of ten members representing the state's ten geographic areas. 


  • Elizabeth Fox, Chair (21)
  • Susie Lippert (22)
  • Vaughn Hennan (22)
  • Terri Davis (22)
  • Megan Eggers (21)
  • OPEN
  • Lisa Brunick, ALA Councilor
  • Daria Bossman, Federal Relations Coordinator
  • Kathleen Slocum, State Library Liaison 


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