Documents will be judged on a point basis according to the following criteria:
1. Extent of lasting reference and informational value.
2. Extent to which the document appeals to a broad audience and is written in a lucid style.
3. Extent to which the document helps to enhance quality of life or provides information that assists in making informed decisions.
4. Extent to which the document contributes to an understanding of government processes, provides significant government information, or reflects the mission the agency.
5. Extent to which the publication displays an innovative presentation or a creative approach. Consideration is given to features such as typography, design, quality of illustrations, use of maps, graphs, color, ease of use, and the extent to which document is generally pleasant to look through.
6. Extent to which the title reflects actual contents and achieves its purpose by doing what it says it will do.
Please follow these guidelines when submitting your nomination:
The publication was produced by the State, a state agency or department, state-supported college or university, or by a firm which produced the publication under contract with or supervision of a state agency.
The publication was produced within the calendar year for which nominations are being accepted. However, a publication produced in a previous calendar year, but not received by the State Library until the current year may also be submitted for nomination.
The document, in either physical or electronic format, has been provided to the SC State Library for addition to the SC State Documents Depository.
Please note, submissions may also be sent to our state documents email address: StateDocuments@statelibrary.sc.gov
The Notable State Documents Awards Program began in 1991 to recognize exemplary state publications. In honor of Freedom of Information Day, awards are presented each March in a ceremony at the State Library. 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. Nominations may be submitted 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, and approximately 25 documents are selected as final candidates. Lbrarians familiar with depository collections and/or state agency representatives are invited to serve as judges. Our judges review the candidates and select the final 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.
The archive for previous winners is available in our digital State Documents Depository.
See photos of previous awards ceremonies on the South Carolina State Library Flickr. Posted on YouTube are virtual awards ceremonies for 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Nominations for the 2022 awards are now closed. Enter your nominations for the 2023 Notable State Documents Awards or click on the Award Logo on the left.
Nominations for publications produced during 2023 will be accepted through December 31, 2023.
Monographs (physical or born digital)
Monographs (physical or born digital)
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to present this guide to some of the most common and problematic invasive species encountered in our state’s forests. The 168-page, perfect-bound book features a multiple-die-cut cover that allows readers to peer imaginatively through the bark of an ash tree to view the damage inside caused by one of the state’s most destructive beetle pests, the Emerald Ash Borer.
Health and Environmental Control, Office of Solid Waste Reduction & Recycling.
This paper gives tips on how school cafeterias can reduce food waste. It also lists resources and contact information for food donation, nutrition and waste reduction.
The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of South Carolina's ocean economy based on available data; expand upon information provided by NOAA OCM to examine other market and non-market economic benefits derived from coastal and ocean resources; identify ocean economy sectors for potential future growth; and discuss how natural resource health provides a foundation for economic activities along South Carolina's coast.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers and businesses to be on the lookout for coronavirus scams. No two scams are the same but included in this sheet are some examples of how fraudsters are trying to separate consumers from their money or personal information during the coronavirus outbreak.
The purpose of this research effort is twofold: (1) to provide a comprehensive assessment of the economic impact of the agribusiness cluster in South Carolina in order to better understand its size and scope and its importance towards contributing to the state’s long run economic growth; and (2) to conduct a return on- investment analysis of the Certified SC Grown branding effort by estimating the economic benefits that increased purchasing activity between 2010 and 2018 of locally grown agricultural products has generated for South Carolina and then comparing these benefits to the investment (cost) of this SCDA program initiative.
CU in the Woods is a newsletter created quarterly by the Clemson Extension Forestry and Wildlife Program to share information on forestry, wildlife, and youth education.
Throughout the year, members of the Human Trafficking Task Force are busy coordinating numerous initiatives in their efforts to abolish trafficking in South Carolina. This report offers a historical perspective on the State’s legislation, implementation of the legislation, the composition of the statewide task force, member accomplishments, and areas for continued focus in the coming year.
The South Carolina State Ports Authority publishes an annual report with information about the board and senior management, independent auditor report, and financial statements.
This report is intended to summarize DSM activities deployed by South Carolina’s electric and natural gas utilities - investor-owned utilities, Santee Cooper, electric cooperatives, and municipalities - as reported in 2020.
Discover 400+ African American cultural sites across S.C. with this free mobile travel guide from the S.C. African American Heritage Commission. Browse locations near you or by category.
Organized, April 20, 2020, accelerateSC serves as the coordinated COVID-19 advisory team to consider and recommend economic revitalization plans for South Carolina. The governor designated a state agency to coordinate each of the revitalization components; other identified state agencies assist. The accelerateSC participants make immediate, intermediate and long-term recommendations to the governor for revitalizing and expanding South Carolina’s economy while protecting the health of South Carolina citizens.
These are free events that are sponsored by DHEC. Most of these events have site specific pre-registration requirements and translation services available. (call-in service or on-site interpreter). These are "free" or "no cost" locations. Federal requirements may require insurance inquiry and possible insurance billing. These events offer pediatric testing. Note that some age restrictions may apply.
Monographs (physical or digital)