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Nine librarians graduate from Library Training Institute

BROOKINGS, S.D. -Nine librarians graduated this year from the Public Library Training Institute, which took place June 3-8 at South Dakota State University in Brookings. The institute, sponsored by the South Dakota State Library, is a four-year program of continuing education for librarian practitioners, support staff and trustees of small to medium-sized public libraries who do not have library degrees.

The following individuals graduated this year with a Certificate of Public Library Management:

  • Kallie Kronberg, Bison Public Library
  • Brittany Moeller, Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library
  • Barbra Vander Vorst, Potter County Free Public Library (Gettysburg)
  • Rachel Davila, Hot Springs Public Library
  • Susan Buchanan, Irene School/Community Library
  • Kathy Rand, Parker Public Library
  • Missy Koester, Haakon County Public Library (Philip)
  • Kari Kokesh, Viborg Community Library
  • Susie Lippert, Yankton Community Library

In all, 26 students from across the state, including library directors and staff attended this year's institute. Attendees learned about children's programming and services, including training in early literacy programming for parents and caregivers and creating makerspaces for young patrons.

The Public Library Institute started in 1985 at what was then Northern State College in Aberdeen. Financial support is provided by the South Dakota State Library in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C.

"This popular four-year program has, over three decades, successfully trained hundreds of rural South Dakota librarians who do not have a degree in library science," said state librarian Daria Bossman.

Students attend in-person classes for one week in June and take additional classes online between summers. No prior formal library science education or previous college attendance is required.

Participants earn a minimum of 120 contact hours over a four-year period and two college credits each year from a South Dakota public university. Librarians who attend all four years receive a Certificate of Public Library Management and are recognized as certified library practitioners. Once someone starts the program, his or her public library is eligible to apply for state library accreditation. Learn more at library.sd.gov.


Photo 1 Front row (l to r): Graduates Susie Lippert, Missy Koester, State Librarian Daria Bossman, Kathy Rand, Susan Buchanan;
back row (l to r): Brittany Moeller, Kari Kokesh, Rachel Davila, Barbra Vander Vorst, Kallie Kronberg

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