They love state libraries Vermillion residents receive national honors Four Vermillion residents will receive a national honor for supporting and strengthening library services to South Dakota residents over the past 100 years.
Mary and Joe Edelen, Edith B. Siegrist and Elaine E. Meyer are among 10 South Dakotans, or individuals with state ties, named to the National Advocacy Honor Roll by the American Library Association and the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates. Their contributions will be recognized at a July 7 ALA banquet in Chicago and during the South Dakota Library Association's annual conference Oct. 4-6 in Rapid City.
Siegrist and Meyer taught in the library program at The University of South Dakota and viewed themselves as a team. Each made a lifetime commitment to libraries, teaching and to service to library associations at all levels. Both were mentors to school librarians taking classes at USD.
Siegrist wrote extensively and pioneered new technologies, such as microcomputers and videocassettes. She also was the key architect behind the adoption of school library standards in South Dakota.
As a state representative from 1973-1980 and 1983-1988, Mary Edelen was one of libraries' strongest supporters. She sponsored major pieces of legislation, worked for South Dakota Library Network funding and helped maintain professional qualifications for the state librarian position. She now is director of the state Historical Society.
Her husband, Joe, has been bibliographic control librarian at The University of South Dakota for more than 30 years. "Joe Edelen has been unrelenting in providing energy and ideas for the improvement of library services throughout the state and region," his nomination read.
Joe Edelen has been active on the boards of the S.D. State Library and Vermillion Public Library. He has been a sustained advocate for the South Dakota Library Network, Mountain Plains Library Association and South Dakota Library Association, where he has served in numerous capacities, including that of president.
The Edelens, Siegrist and Meyer are among 10 South Dakotans, or individuals with state ties, named to the honor roll. The other six are: Dora Ann Jones, Spearfish; C.S. Amsden, Milbank; Dorothy Liegl, Fort Pierre; the late Phoebe Apperson Hearst, whose family owned Homestake Mining Company; the late Mercedes MacKay and the late Doane Robinson, both Pierre residents.
The ALA/ALTA National Advocacy Honor Roll was created to honor extraordinary library advocates of the 20th century. Honorees have led major initiatives or sustained efforts to enhance library development and/or public awareness. Their accomplishments are meant to provide models for others who wish to expand advocacy efforts.
Four organizations were named to the honor roll as well: the South Dakota Library Network, Homestake Mining Company, South Dakota Library Association and the defunct Library Division of the South Dakota Federation of Women's Clubs (now called General Federation of Women's Clubs of South Dakota).