The Weekly Update

from SD State Library School Library Services

April 4, 2022

21st Century Library Awards

The South Dakota State Library, a division of the SD Department of Education, formally and annually recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st century school library through its place, professional, and program. Awards recognize the status of the library as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines.

Apply by May 1, 2022.

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The 21st Century School Library Self-Assessment may be used as a guide to then formally apply for the award. This tool can be used to help guide decisions about professional practices, advocacy, and strategic planning.


Applications are accepted March 1 through May 1 of each year. The 21st Century School Library Committee, comprised of library and education professionals, reviews all applications. Award announcements are made in late May/early June. Awardees are also formally recognized at an annual conference held in the fall. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

*Paraprofessionals cannot receive this award. Certified librarians and teachers who work in the library full time are eligible.

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2021-24 Awardees

Your library could be featured in this video next year!
2021-24 21st Century School Library Awards
screenshot from featuring current exemplary and enhanced school libraries in South Dakota

*For a complete list of awardees throughout the years, click HERE.

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School Library Survey

The statistics that are compiled every year from the School Library Survey are put into the School Libraries Data Digest. The Data Digest is a great resource to use to advocate for your library! Please be sure that the survey for your district is complete by May 6.

If you have any questions while you are completing the survey, please contact or

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School Library Month Resources

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and school libraries. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school libraries play in transforming learning.

For a variety of great resources, visit:

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ExCITE! 2022 registration is close to capacity! Register soon!

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