DJJ Publication Earns “Notable State Documents Award”

DJJ staff accept the Notable State Documents Award alongside State Library Director Leesa Aiken (far right).

This week, the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice received a prestigious award from the South Carolina State Library.

DJJ's first "Data Resource Guide" was nominated and ultimately chosen as one of this year's 12 "Notable State Documents" from the State Library. Created by DJJ's Research and Statistics Department, the Data Resource Guide provides readers an in-depth statistical and organizational knowledge of the agency and the juvenile justice system.

The State Library started their Notable State Documents Awards Program in 1991 with a goal to "recognize exemplary state publications."

The judging process is intensive. Here is an excerpt from the State Library's website describing the process: "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 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."

"It's a wonderful honor to be recognized by the State Library," said DJJ Director Freddie B. Pough. "Our goal at DJJ remains, as always, to serve the citizens of South Carolina and our young people, and to provide for the public safety and well-being of the state. I hope this Guide will serve as an excellent overview of the many ways DJJ works to achieve this goal."

As a Notable State Document, copies of DJJ's Data Resource Guide will be kept at the State Library in Columbia, as well as the 11 other state depository libraries across South Carolina. One copy will also be archived and kept at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

This year's Data Resource Guide is currently being updated and improved, as DJJ is excited to live up to the award-winning standard that has been set.

You can see the full collection of this year's Notable State Documents HERE.

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