Friday, October 19
8:15 AM - Washington Room

About the Awards

Through its 21st Century School Library Award, the South Dakota State Library annually recognizes school libraries for providing leadership in meeting the educational needs of 21st century students and staff.  Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota‚Äôs guidelines for school libraries. Award status is recognized at three levels (exemplary, enhanced, and effective) and is valid for a three-year period.

School Library Technology Coordinator, Alissa Adams, will announce the 15 recipients of the 21st Century School Library Awards for 2018 during the Friday morning keynote. 


Award Recipients

Effective Award recipients:

  • Harvey Dunn Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Amy Heinert, Administrator Patti Pannell  
  • Huron High School Library, Huron; Librarian Rachel Kary, Administrator Mike Radke
  • Knollwood Heights Elementary Library, Rapid City; Librarian Tracy Benson, Administrator Shannon Schaefers

Enhanced Award recipients:

  • Explorer Elementary Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Amy DeNomme, Administrator Doug Eppard
  • Patrick Henry Middle School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Wendy Nelson, Administrator Kim Sharping
  • T.F. Riggs High School Library, Pierre; Librarian Pam C. Kringel, Administrator Kevin Mutchelknaus 

Exemplary Award recipients:

  • Brookings High School Library, Brookings; Librarian Jean Kirschenman, Administrator Dr. Paul vonFischer
  • Discovery Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Sharlene Lien, Administrator Lois Running 
  • Journey Elementary Library, Harrisburg; Librarian Elizabeth Wells, Administrator Rob Sylliassen
  • Lincoln High School Library, Sioux Falls; School Librarian Mary Peters, Administrator Robert Grimm
  • Memorial Middle School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Laura Allard, Administrator Nancy Hagen 
  • Oscar Howe Elementary Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Emily Blackwelder, Administrator Larry Larsen
  • Roosevelt High School Library, Sioux Falls; Librarian Jeanne Conner, Administrator Tim Hazlett

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