South Dakota libraries sign on to serve as depositories

The South Dakota State Library has announced that H.M. Briggs Library at South Dakota State University in Brookings and the Devereaux Library at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City have been selected as Full Depository Libraries to the State Library State Government Publications Distribution Program.

Each of these libraries will assist the South Dakota State Library in educating state citizens and showcasing the increasing number of state agency publications that are being placed online via the South Dakota State Library’s digital collections at http://cdm16384.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/.

“These two South Dakota universities should be recognized for stepping up to be the depository of one print copy, when available, as well as an electronic copy,” said South Dakota State Librarian Daria Bossman.

A result of legislative action during the 2012 session, the entire process for online collection and cataloguing of state government documents is now in place and fully functioning.

In addition, Watertown Regional Library has signed on to be an affiliate depository and will also hold annual trainings to highlight state government collections.  Other libraries are welcome to join the affiliate depository program at any time.

Approximately 98 percent of South Dakota’s public libraries provide patrons with access to computers and the Internet.

“South Dakota’s public libraries, whether full or affiliate depositories or not, large or small, can play an important role in getting the information out to the citizens of our state,” Bossman said.

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