South Dakota Library Association

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South Dakota Library Association
a green tree type illustration where all the leaves are made up of library type materials
Motto"Libraries... rooted in our communities"
FormationMarch 19, 1891; 129 years ago (1891-03-19)
Parent organization
American Library Association

The South Dakota Library Association (SDLA) is a professional organization for South Dakota's librarians and library workers to "promote libraries within the state and provide library service for the populace."[1]

It is headquartered in Lennox, South Dakota.[1] SDLA started as a section of the South Dakota Federated Women’s Club (SDFWC) in 1904; two years later it began to be sponsored by the South Dakota Education Association for the nest eleven years.[2][1] SDLA didn't officially admit men to the membership until 1905.[1] SDLA’s first official meeting was held in Sioux Falls on December 27, 1906 under their president W. H. Powers and older documents point towards an "organized" date of 1907.[1][3][4] SDLA held its first independent meeting in Pierre, on September 5-6, 1917.[1] SDLA became a chapter of the American Library Association in 1921.[5]

SDLA, along with the South Dakota State Library, sponsors an annual South Dakota Children's Book Awards--Prairie Bud, Prairie Bloom, and Prairie Pasque Children's Book Awards--and a Young Adult Reading Program.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mission & History of SDLA". South Dakota Library Association. 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  2. ^ "ERIC ED031461: Education in the States: Historical Development and Outlook. : ERIC". Internet Archive. 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  3. ^ Powers, William Howard (2016-10-23). "Library report of South Dakota libraries". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  4. ^ Cannons, Harry George Turner (2016-10-23). "Bibliography of library economy; a classified index to the professional periodical literature relating to library economy, printing, methods of publishing, copyright, bibliography, etc". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  5. ^ "LibGuides: South Dakota Library Association (SDLA): Overview". LibGuides at University of South Dakota. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  6. ^ "SDSL: School Libraries". South Dakota State Library. 2018-08-18. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  7. ^ "SDSL: South Dakota Children's Book Awards". South Dakota State Library. Retrieved 2020-01-25.

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