2016 Data Digest
The South Dakota State Library is a division within the Department of Education. It has a staff of 27 and is located on the first floor of the MacKay Building on the Capitol complex in Pierre. The SDSL works with public, school and academic libraries throughout the state by promoting and expanding citizen access to library services and resources. The SDSL provides back-up services to local libraries to supplement their ability to meet citizen information needs, increases proficiency of librarians by providing training and continuing education, provides specialized services or materials that individual libraries cannot feasibly deliver on their own, and provides the research needs of state government employees.
The State Library also assists local libraries in strengthening communities by enabling citizens to engage in lifelong learning, linking citizens and businesses to new economic opportunities, and promoting information literacy using 21st century technology. The State Library maintains specialized collections that supplement the resources of other libraries and improve the work of state government by providing timely access to information. One such specialized collection is the Grants Foundation Center.
This is a page that lists the many databases that the South Dakota Library purchases and makes available for free to every SD citizen. With the exception of a few, all are available from home with a local or State Library library card. If a person wanted to apply for a library card, they would just go to http://library.sd.gov/forms/librarycard/citizen.aspx fill out the form, and they would be sent a card in the mail.
An example of a database that might be useful to cities is the Learning Express Library. It not only has practice tests for many professions, but also tests and activities for education (ACT, SAT, GED), career development (resume and cover letter creation), and activities for skills improvement for all grade levels and adults (public speaking etc)
Not necessarily specific to cities but potentially useful to those in the community are Chilton’s and Mango Languages: Chilton’s is a car repair manual database and Mango is a database where a person can learn many different languages.