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State Library Recognizes 21st Century School Libraries
South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/19/2017

Nine school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2017. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.

Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a three-year period.

Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 20 in Rapid City.

Award recipients are:

- Douglas Middle School: Exemplary; Librarian Melissa Hubbell; Administrator Dan Baldwin

- Douglas High School: Exemplary; Librarian Kimberly Darata; Administrator Bud Gusso

- Harrisburg South Middle School: Exemplary; Librarian Kristi Jones; Administrator Darren Ellwein

- Horizon Elementary (Harrisburg): Exemplary; Librarian Leslee Reiland; Administrator Tanja Pederson

- Madison Central School Libraries: Exemplary; Librarian Joanne Kallhoff; Administrators Cotton Koch, Adam Shaw, Janel Guse

- Rapid Valley Elementary (Rapid City): Enhanced; Librarian Jennifer Backhaus; Administrator Cher Daniel

- Robert Frost Elementary (Sioux Falls): Enhanced; Librarian Korey Erickson; Administrator Colleen Werner

- West Central Middle/High School: Exemplary; Librarian DaNann Kistler; Administrator Melinda Jensen

- West Middle School (Rapid City): Exemplary; Librarian Shelley Rath; Administrator Dan Conrad

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