1973

1973

Bossman has been awarded the Emporia State "University Distinguished Alumni" award for graduates who have excelled in their field of study.  She is one of four select alumni to be honored this fall 2020. She received her master's degree in Library and Information Science in 1991 from Emporia State (KS).  She has also recently received the  "South Dakota Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities" award from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Bossman is currently the South Dakota State Librarian. She previously held the position of Assistant State Librarian for Development becoming State Librarian in March of 2013.  Prior to this she was the Library Director at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa for fifteen years and a reference librarian at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa.

Bossman has been an educator and librarian for 40 years in the states of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.  Bossman has been instrumental the past decade in transformational changes in the state library's operations and is responsible for the state's library network (mainframe) migration to a more efficient, more widely used and cost effective cloud-based system for statewide InterLibrary loan and research discovery.

She is a community leader and volunteer and has helped local South Dakota libraries (many rural) connect with numerous South Dakota Humanities Council events  including annual One Book South Dakota discussions or One Book Author tour events.  Under her direction the State Library has been a conduit for the distribution of dozens of SDHC book titles to rural  school and public libraries which otherwise could not afford to purchase new books. 

Bossman is married to Bill Bossman ('72) who she met at Midland. They have three adult sons and four granddaughters who live in Omaha and Sioux City, Iowa. Bill and Daria make their home in Pierre, South Dakota.