PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Eleven South Dakota public libraries were honored at a recent ceremony for being accredited by the South Dakota State Library in 2013. Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Of the eleven facilities receiving accreditation last year, area libraries include the Faith Public/School Library and Hand County Library of Miller-both in the Enhanced category; and Rawlins Municipal Library of Pierre in the Essential category. Accreditation is valid for three years. Libraries are evaluated in areas including access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology and public relations. The South Dakota libraries accredited last year were the focus of a ceremony which was attended by legislators, colleagues and patrons at Rawlins Municipal Library in Pierre.
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