The Black Hills Knowledge Network connects people to ideas and local information to strengthen our community. Resources here will enable you to obtain the information you need to be informed about local issues and explore our past through the online archives. Become a better citizen and take an active role in your community. Take advantage of the cultural and recreational opportunities available to visitors and residents alike. Our community is better when you participate!
Leadership: The Black Hills Knowledge Network owes its beginning to the Black Hills Area Community Foundation and the Rapid City Public Libraries. Leadership from these entities, along with Project Director Eric Abrahamson, guides the project. Two staff members, Associate Project Coordinator Jessica Boyd and Editor Denise Ross focus on the day-to-day activities of the site. From time to time, we also bring on interns or freelance writers. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, please contact us using the email address below.
History: The Black Hills Knowledge Network was launched as a beta site in 2009. In 2011, with leadership from the Black Hills Area Community Foundation and funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and local funders, we expanded to include a consortium of public libraries on a new digital platform. In 2012, with support from the Bush Foundation, a robust community indicators element was added. The project now connects numerous public libraries, communities, content providers, and funders who all have a vision for a community information source that is specific, responsive, comprehensive, and helps our local leaders make educated decisions.
Geographic Coverage: The Black Hills Knowledge Network is primarily a regional project, covering the informational needs of the Black Hills region. We aggregate and organize information for Butte, Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, and Shannon Counties. This includes the cities found within these counties, in addition to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. All of our community indicators are available statewide.
A Supportive Resource: In addition to our core activity of providing content online, we provide a limited amount of free technical assistance and training to many local nonprofits, governments, researchers, community organizations, and the general public. We are also available on a fee-for-service basis to help with larger data projects, report writing, needs assessments, and assistance with grant proposals or reports. Please contact us for more information.
We Need You: We want - no, need! - you to be an active participant in this project. Please contact us with your suggestions, concerns, or requests. We are always happy to explain information on our site or help you access the information you need. We also invite you to contribute to our website. Let us know when your organization is hosting an event, what you think about the newest propsals from local government, or a white paper your company developed. Connect with us through social media or send us an email.
Additionally, we hope you will consider supporting our project with a donation. We are, and will always be, a nonprofit service. Our work relies on generous support from foundations, local businesses, and individuals who know the importance of easily accessible local information. If you would like to donate online, please visit our profile on our sister site, giveblackhills.org. If you prefer to donate another way, or would like more information, please contact our Associate Project Coordinator Jessica at (605) 718-0112. Thank you in advance for being a part of our passion.
Rights & Permissions: All of the images featured on our website are either public use photos taken with permission, or photographs commissioned by the Black Hills Knowledge Network. Please feel free to use any of our images. Photos commissioned by the Black Hills Knowledge Network are available at a higher resolution, and can be purchased for commercial use. If you are interested in any of our photographs, please e-mail info [at] blackhillsknowledgenetwork.org.
All of the community indicator graphs are also available for use, free of charge. In the top right hand corner, there will be a downward arrow in a gray box. Click on this, and it will give you an option to download the image in four different formats. We simply ask that you credit the Black Hills Knowledge Network as your resource.
Disclaimer: The sources and information collected by the Black Hills Knowledge Network reflect a wide variety of points of view and perspectives. Our primary goal is to locate and make accessible, credible and authoritative information that is useful and interesting to the people of the Black Hills region. As with all library materials, opinions represented by linked sources do not necessarily reflect the perspectives of the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s participating libraries, partners or sponsors.
Want to send us a suggestion? Have a comment, question or concern? Send a message to: info [at] blackhillsknowledgenetwork.org. The documents, presentations and more about the history of the project are available on the Project History page.