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South Carolina State Documents Depository: Notable State Documents Awards Program

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Criteria for Notable State Documents Awards

Documents will be judged on a point basis according to the following criteria:

1. Extent of lasting reference and bibliographic value.
2. Extent to which the publication displays innovative presentation or demonstrates a creative approach in its treatment.
3. Extent to which the document contributes to an understanding of government processes, provides significant government information, or reflects the mission of the agency.
4. Extent to which the document contributes to enhancing quality of life or provides information that assists in making informed decisions.
5. Extent to which a document appeals to a broad audience and is written in a lucid style.
6. Extent to which the title reflects actual contents and achieves its intended purpose. 
7. Consideration is given to physical appearance including such features as typography, design, quality of illustrations, maps, graphs, printing, ease of use, and the extent to which document is generally pleasant to browse through. Additionally, with electronic documents, consideration is given to features such as the ability to browse a document and overall usability.

Submission Guidelines

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 the 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:

About the Award

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 the award ceremony on the South Carolina State Library Flickr.

Enter your nominations for the 2021 Notable State Documents Awards or click on the Award Logo on the left.

Nominations for publications produced during 2021 will be accepted through December 31, 2021.

2020 Notable State Documents

Monographs (physical or born digital)

  • Invasive Species of South Carolina | South Carolina Forestry Commission.

    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.

  • Reducing Food Waste: A Guide for South Carolina Schools | South Carolina Department of

    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.

  • Assessing South Carolina’s Ocean Economy: 2020 Report by the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium | South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.

    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.

  • COVID-19 Spotlight: How To Spot a Scammer | South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs.

    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 Economic Impact of Agribusiness in South Carolina and the Certified South Carolina Grown Campaign | South Carolina Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the USC Darla Moore School of Business.

    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 | Clemson University, Cooperative Extension Service.

    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.

  • 2019 Annual Report | Office of the South Carolina Attorney General, South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force.

    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.

  • Annual Report 2020 I South Carolina State Ports Authority.

    The South Carolina State Ports Authority publishes an annual report with information about the board and senior management, independent auditor report, and financial statements.

  • Saving Energy 2020 : How Electric and Natural Gas Utilities in South Carolina are Using Demand-Side Management | South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, Energy Office.

    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.


  • Green Book of South Carolina Website | African American Heritage Commission.

    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.

  • accelerateSC: SC’s COVID-19 Response Website | Office of the Governor.

    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.

  • COVID-19 Testing Locations Webpages I South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    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.

2019 Notable State Documents

Monographs (physical or digital)

  • Susceptibility of Public Health Impacts from Flooded Water, Wastewater and Public Health Infrastructure: Guidebook for Community Level Assessment | South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.
    The purpose of this guidebook is to provide coastal communities with a resource to investigate vulnerable infrastructure that pose risks to public health in our changing climate, with an emphasis on flooding. This guidebook provides stepwise instructions on how to use a novel mixed-methods Susceptibility Index to conduct infrastructure and public/environmental health risk assessments.
  • Office of the Deputy Director for Programs, Reentry, and Rehabilitative Services | South Carolina Department of Corrections.
    This PowerPoint presentation describes the mission of the Division of Programs, Reentry and Rehabilitative Services and the divisions within it.
  • 2019 Southeastern Wildlife Expo: Recipes & Vendors | South Carolina Department of Agriculture.
    This cookbook from the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition highlights recipes from South Carolina chefs. Included are descriptions of vendors attending the exposition with their addresses and descriptions of their businesses.
  • South Carolina Birth Defects Program Resource Guide | South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    The South Carolina Birth Defects Program is required to monitor birth defects and refer families impacted by birth defects to services. This guidebook describes different birth defects and provides information and services for families impacted by birth defects.
  • Summary of Living Shoreline Research to Inform Regulatory Decision-Making in South Carolina | South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division.
    Coastal marsh habitats are at risk due to sea level rise, increased storm intensity, coastline development, and shoreline hardening. Living shorelines are a powerful tool to proactively protect estuarine shorelines. The results and guidance contained herein are intended to provide the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management with the science-based information for creating a regulatory pathway and developing project standards for living shorelines in South Carolina.
  • Welcome to South Fenwick Island | South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division.
    This series of interpretive signs describes the history and natural history of South Fenwick Island in the Ashepoo, Combahee, and Edisto (ACE) Basin.


  • Annual Report 2019 | South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium.
    This annual report provides a summary of several of the programs that are addressing the present and future healthcare needs in our state and shows how SC AHEC provides a wide range of services across South Carolina. The AHEC Program is the only organization in the state that addresses healthcare workforce issues starting with school age children and extending to college and health professions students as well as frontline healthcare professionals.
  • Protecting the Palmetto State | South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Public Health Preparedness.
    This serial discusses the various divisions of DHEC and volunteer organizations that help South Carolina citizens in times of emergency.


  • SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities Website | South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
    The mission of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is to serve the artistically talented high school students of South Carolina through programs of pre-professional instruction in an environment of artistic and academic excellence. The school is a resource for all teachers and students in South Carolina.
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Website | Patriots Point Development Authority.
    The Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece. It is also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency's official Medal of Honor Museum. Patriots Point strives to preserve the living history of the nation's bravest men and women while telling their stories in honorable, educational and engaging ways.

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