21st Century School Library Award
The South Dakota State Library, a division of the Department of Education, formally and annually recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through its program, place, and professional. Awards recognize the status of the library as Effective, Enhanced, or Exemplary based on the South Dakota School Library Guidelines. Scores include: Effective (75-79), Enhanced (80-83), Exemplary (84-87). Please note: This award is open to school libraries that are staff with certified staff.

2020 through 2023 Award Application
To apply for the award complete the following steps:

1. Online Submission: Complete this online application form. Submit the application by clicking the “SUBMIT” button at the bottom of the form; you will automatically receive a message on your screen confirming the form has been submitted. You need to have a score of at least 75 to apply for a 21st Century School Library Award. (To pre-check your total score and keep a copy of the application for your records, the 21st Century School Library Self-Assessment can be used as a worksheet/tool. Access this tool at: http://library.sd.gov/LIB/SLC/21stCentAward.aspx).

2. Emailing Supporting Evidence: In an email to Alissa Adams (alissa.adams@state.sd.us) attach at least one form of evidence and a supporting explanation in EACH of the following areas: Place, Professional, and Program. There should be no less than a total of three forms of evidence submitted (at least one for each area). All submissions must be in electronic format. Evidence includes but is not limited to: video, photo, link, website, lesson plan, staff presentation, programming event flyer, etc. The supporting explanation, describing the connection of the evidence to the Place, Professional, or Program may be incorporated into the evidence using a tool such as slideshow, document, website, web tool, etc. You will receive a confirmation email from Alissa upon submission.
Applications are accepted March 1 through May 1, 2020.
For further inquiries and technical assistance, please contact Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator, alissa.adams@state.sd.us or by phone at 605.295.3152.
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