Daria Bossman, COSLA member and South Dakota State Librarian has been recognized by Emporia State University as a Distinguished Alumni. Bossman is one of four alumni from Emporia State Universtiy to receive this honor in the class of 2020. Awareded annually to ESU alumni that have acheived success in diverse fields, she will be recongized, along with her fellow awardees in a series of interviews conducted via Zoom. COSLA is grateful for Daria's contributions to the field of library services and exemplary service to the State of South Dakota.
"Daria L. Phillips Bossman graduated from one of the first-ever distance education cohorts offered by ESU's School of Library and Information Management in Sioux City, Iowa. Years later, as South Dakota state librarian, she successfully advocated in 2016 for ESU to re-establish that distance learning for students from Siouxland's five-state area: South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Bossman, joined by others in the original South Dakota cohort, in 2016 convinced SLIM Dean Wooseob Jeong that South Dakota's lack of a master's librarian program would create a pressing need for librarians as veteran librarians begin to retire. Within four months, arrangements had been approved and enrollment opened for the 2017 fall semester.
Bossman taught in public schools and moved into academic librarian positions before becoming assistant state librarian for development services and as coordinator for federal grants data. She took over as South Dakota's interim state librarian in 2012, and accepted the permanent state librarianship in 2013. She emphasizes paraprofessional training, placing state documents online for easy public access, and promoting libraries as a more-accurate and concise information source than Internet searches, among priorities."
More information and links to register for the Zoom events are online at emporia.edu/homecoming.