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Phone:  Information/Circulation/Reference Desk (605) 677-3930

Law Library Directory (605) 677-5259

Email: - Responses to inquires submitted to this mailbox will be made within 48 hours. 


Daniel Burniston – Head of Collection and Technical Services

Daniel Burniston began work at the University of South Dakota McKusick Law Library in July 2015. Prior to joining the Law Library, Daniel served as the Interlibrary Loan and Electronic Reserves Manager, and Interim Archives Manager at the University of South Dakota University Libraries. Before joining the University of South Dakota, he held a position as a public library director, as well as responsabilites including technical services and circulation.


M.L.I.S., Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh.

BA, History, University of Sussex


Darla Jackson - Law Library Director

Darla Jackson is the Director of the University of South Dakota McKusick Law Library. Prior to joining USD, she served as the Associate Director of the Oklahoma City University Law Library and Director, Certificate in American Law Program. Before beginning her career in legal education, she served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. During her service in the Air Force, she was stationed at numerous bases and performed a variety of military justice, international operations, and civil law (government procurement) functions. Additionally, she taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Law.


M.L.I.S., Library and Information Studies, University of Oklahoma


Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University


LLM, International Law, University of Georgia


JD, Law, University of Oklahoma


BA, American Studies/Secondary Education, Oklahoma Baptist University


Her research interest include:  empirical legal research, international human rights, indigenous peoples and Native American law, international commercial arbitration, US military justice, veteran's benefits, and legal research instruction and assessment. She has published on these topics in a variety of journals and publications.


Openings & Anticipated Openings

Current Openings

- Head of Administrative & Instructional Services


Sarah Kammer - Head of Public, Faculty & Student Services

Sarah Kammer assumed the position of Head of Public, Faculty and Student Services in July 2014.  Prior to being selected to fill this position, Sarah served as a temporary library assistant and as a volunteer with the USD McKusick Law Library.  She has also volunteered at the University of Nebraska Schmid Law Library and the Nebraska State Library in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Sarah worked part-time in the reference department at the Lewis & Clark Boley Law Library in Portland, Oregon prior to moving to South Dakota.  She has also been employed as an intellectual property attorney in Cleveland, Ohio and as an attorney and office manager in a general practice firm in Lincoln, Nebraska. 


MA, Library Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri

JD, Duke University

BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Her research interests include Intellectual Property Law, Law Practice Management, and Technology in Libraries and Law Firms.


Karyl Knodel - Serials Librarian

Karyl Knodel began work as a Library Technician at USD in the McKusick Law Library in June 1975 and became serials librarian in 1982.  In her almost thirty-nine years of service, she has been responsible for the receipt, processing and tracking of serials publications and preparing them for patron use. In 2014, Karyl transitioned to working part-time in this capacity.

Education:  BA, Library Science, Westmar College (LeMars, IA) & Morningside College (Sioux City, IA).  


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