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South Carolina State Documents Depository: Notable Documents Award

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About the Award

The Notable State Documents Awards Program began in 1991 to recognize exemplary state publications. Presented annually by the South Carolina State Documents Depository System, the awards recognize notable documents that were released in the previous calendar year. State agency publications received by the State Library qualify to be nominated by depository librarians, State Library staff, or state agency employees. Agency websites and apps also qualify as nominees.  

All nominations are reviewed by librarians at the State Library, with approximately 20 documents being selected as final candidates. We invite librarians familiar with depository collections and/or state agency representatives to serve as judges. Our judges review the candidates and select the final ten winners on the basis of criteria such as the document's appeal to a large audience, or its ability to provide significant information to the public.  In honor of Freedom of Information Day, awards are presented each March in a ceremony at the State Library.

The archive for previous winners is available in our State Documents Depository here.

See photos of the award ceremony on the South Carolina State Library Flickr

Enter your nominations for the 2018 Notable State Documents Awards here or click on the Award Logo on the left.

2017 Notable State Documents

Monographs (physical or digital)

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs 
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs publishes Consumer Alerts to alert the public, businesses, and government agencies about scams, product recalls and consumer education. This issue specifically provides information for consumers about holiday scams and holiday shopping.

South Carolina Research Authority 
This report by Joseph C. Von Nessen analyzes the economic impact of the state’s life science industry, comprised of firms in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biomedical technologies, biomedical devices, life systems technologies, food processing, and any organization that is actively engaged in the various stages of research, manufacturing, and distribution of products within these fields.

South Carolina Forestry Commission
Each year the South Carolina Forestry Commission publishes the annual report for its Forest Renewal Program. It includes information about the Forest Renewal Program's accomplishments, impact, financial report, challenges and staff.

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles 
This brochure by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles explains the REAL ID and the requirements for applying to get one.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, State Climatology Office 
This document by the State Climatology Office gives facts about eclipses and highlights the August event’s traverse over South Carolina.

 

Serials

South Carolina Department of Commerce
 Since 2008, the South Carolina Department of Commerce has published the Economic Outlook, a monthly snapshot of key state economic indicators on income, employment, and real estate.

 

Websites and Apps

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging 
The South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging provides this website for seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities to connect to local resources in their communities.

South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services 
The South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services provides this DHHS-funded website for Just Plain Killers, a public education campaign that charges South Carolinians with taking a pledge to help fight opioid use and abuse in our state.

South Carolina Department of Transportation Centennial 
The South Carolina Department of Transportation celebrates its centennial with this website with history, timeline, and historical maps.

Clemson Cooperative Extension 
The Clemson University Cooperative Extension serves as the primary public service outreach arm of the University. Its website provides research-based information and education, including county office information and topical publications.

2016 Notable State Documents

Monographs (physical or digital)

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
Many South Carolina residents are concerned about indoor mold after severe weather events. DHEC has compiled this informational handout with recommendations to guide decisions regarding mold in homes and workplaces.

South Carolina Forestry Commission
This report summarizes a study conducted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission on the Indian market during the second half of 2015, and it is intended to help the U.S. Southern states’ forest products sector (producers, manufacturers, traders and policy-makers) in examining and preparing for the opportunities this market may offer, by providing them with detailed information on India’s economics, wood fiber network, trade flows and international contacts.

South Carolina Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children
The South Carolina Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children publishes the Data Reference Book as a supplement to their annual report. The book contains findings and recommendations for action on a variety of issues impacting the well-being of South Carolina’s children.

South Carolina K-12 School Technology Initiative
The South Carolina K-12 School Technology Initiative was founded in 1996, as part of the General Assembly’s proactive approach to addressing technology infrastructure, connectivity and education in schools. The 2014-2015 Progress Report provides details on student learning, classroom technology, infrastructure & security, professional development, collaboration opportunities, and conclusions.

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
This document communicates the mission of the Vocational Rehabilitation Department to create relationships among individuals, community partners, agencies, non-profits and businesses. It discusses client services, business services, disability determination services and partnerships.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
In South Carolina, comprehensive plans are required by state law and help local governments define their vision for future growth and change. The SC Healthy Comprehensive Planning Project began as an opportunity to address healthy eating and active living through community planning on a statewide scale. The evaluation results included in this document create a baseline measurement of healthy eating and active living principles in county comprehensive plans across the state.

 

Serials

Santee Cooper
South Carolina Public Service Authority
Santee Cooper publishes PowerSource, a corporate quarterly magazine that profiles the many ways Santee Cooper and employees work to full the mission of improving the quality of life for South Carolinians.

 

Websites and Apps

South Carolina Arts Commission
The South Carolina Arts Commission curates The Hub, a website featuring arts news and opportunities, resources, calls for art, research, events, and more.

South Carolina National Guard 
South Carolina Office of the Adjutant General

The South Carolina National Guard and the Office of the Adjutant General have an extensive website with agency information for the public, guard members, and family. Of particular interest is the Historian section with timeline, history, timeline, architect profiles, today in guard history fact, and other information related to the South Carolina Natural Guard and armories.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, State Climatology Office
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, State Climatology Office, created an online journal that includes flood and rescue images, maps of the event and a synoptic and chronological summary of how the historic rain and flooding unfolded with documentation of the meteorological and hydrological records.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources created two blogs to bring to readers lively daily discussion on topics related to natural resources conservation, hunting and fishing, outdoor recreation and tourism, SCDNR projects and initiatives, and other news and information that will be of value to our state’s sporting and conservation communities. The South Carolina Coastal Resources blog focuses on the Marine Resources Division, whose mission is to serve as the advocate for and steward of the state’s marine resources.

2015 Notable State Documents

Print Documents

  • The Battle of Rivers Bridge.  Rivers Bridge State Historic Site Visitor’s Guide

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Daniel Bell, South Carolina State Park Service  
Daniel J. Bell at the South Carolina State Park Service published a guide for visitors to the Rivers Bridge State Historic Site about the Battle of Rivers Bridge, fought February 2 and 3, 1865.
 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Open community use, allowing free community access to schools’ outdoor recreational facilities, is an effective and affordable strategy to combating obesity and increasing physical activity. In 2014, the South Carolina School Boards Association recommended all school districts adopt the open community use model policy. This document provides guidance to school administrators, teachers, and community members interested in adopting and implementing open community use as a strategy to increase physical activity.
 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
This guide is designed to help in developing or expanding a tobacco-free school policy. Implementation sections to assist you at each stage . The guide includes: Sample Timeline, Sample Implementation Checklists, Communications Strategies, Enforcement Strategies, Support for Access to Cessation Services and Tobacco Use Prevention Education.
 

South Carolina Forestry Commission
In cooperation with the South Carolina Forestry Association and other industry allies, the South Carolina Forestry Commission has embarked on an ambitious project to grow the forestry’s economic impact from $17.4 billion to $20 billion by the year 2015. This publication gives statistics on forestry's impact on the South Carolina economy.
 

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
This publication is designed to help business, industry, local government and others locate: recyclers and users of your by-products; equipment to help minimize your waste; services to help you become more environmentally friendly; and substitutes for hazardous materials.
 

South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
This brochure has a map of barbecue restaurants in South Carolina. It also lists addresses and web sites, telephone numbers and hours of operation of the restaurants.
 

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office
This document describes modern architecture and how a building is considered eligible to be included on the National Register of Historic Places. It gives descriptions of modern buildings in South Carolina as well as many pictures of these iconic buildings.

 

Serials

  • Avery Messenger - Periodical

College of Charleston, Avery Research Center
http://avery.cofc.edu/about/newsletters/
http://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/handle/10827/20470
The Avery Messenger, the newsletter of the Avery Research Center and the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture, launched its inaugural issue in Fall 2003. Building on a historic partnership between the Avery Research Center and the Avery Institute, the two entities in a unified effort, combined the Institute’s existing newsletter, The Bulletin with the Avery Research Center’s newly conceived Avery Messenger. The Messenger provides news and research updates from the organizations, including recent acquisitions and membership.

 

Websites

South Carolina Department of Agriculture
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture restructured their website Fall 2014, providing information about the agency and the state’s agriculture industry and its related businesses.
 

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department restructured their website in 2015, providing information about the agency and programs for eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.

 

Flood Response Documents

Governor Nikki Haley
 

  • SC Flood Information

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/DisasterPreparedness/Hurricanes/
http://www.scdhec.gov/HomeAndEnvironment/DisasterPreparedness/FloodUpdates/
 

South Carolina Emergency Management Division
 

South Carolina Department of Transportation
 

South Carolina Department of Insurance
 

South Carolina State Library
 

South Carolina Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office on Aging
 

South Carolina Education Television Commission (project no longer active)