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University Libraries professor to attend MPLA Leadership Institute

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Danielle P. De Jager-Loftus, assistant professor at the University of South Dakota’s University Libraries, has been selected to attend the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) 2012 Leadership Institute, May 6-12, at Estes Park, Colo.

The Mountain Plains Library Association is a twelve state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Its purpose is to promote the development of librarians and libraries by providing significant educational and networking opportunities. Funded by the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation (Innovative Interfaces, Inc. and SkyRiver), the Institute facilitator is Maureen Sullivan, President-Elect of the American Library Association. Additional funding is by the Emporia School of Library and Information Management, the University of Arizona School of Information Resources Library Science, and MPLA.

De Jager-Loftus is Technology Librarian and liaison to departments in the College of Fine Arts. She has developed several marketing and instructional initiatives for the Libraries such as LibGuides (; and READ ( De Jager-Loftus teaches Information Literacy to USD and the extended community. Her research interests include surveys, technology in liaisonship and instruction, Website design, user interface and usability, and digital libraries. De Jager-Loftus received her M.S.L.I.S. from Florida State University, and M.F.A .from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

A photo of De Jager-Loftus is available for download at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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