May 22, 2022

Interview with South Dakota’s New State Librarian, Daria Bossman

From The Capital Journal:

The South Dakota State Library is a division of the Department of Education, and Bossman said the benefit of the partnership is greater support for the state’s public and school libraries. As a former teacher and college administrator, Bossman said that libraries can help make students college-, career- and life-ready.

“Right now we’re really focused on our Department of Education goals,” she said.  “Education far exceeds K-12 – it starts before kindergarten and goes until the end of your life.”


“Our students need to learn critical analysis before they get to college,” she said. “Kids need to discern what’s credible and not credible, and experience credible databases so they can become  information-fluent.”


“The public library is the people’s university,” Bossman said. “It’s an important institution in small towns, especially with the emergence of electronic resources and computers. Small-town libraries are much bigger than they look on the outside because you have a wealth of materials piped in through the Internet and computers.”

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