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Training for Libraries and Education


The North Dakota State Library offers monthly webinars that last about a 1/2 hour. Each month we explore a different topic useful to the library profession no matter if you are a public librarian, academic librarian, or school media specialist.

Check the Webinars page for the dates and descriptions of future webinars.

Note: In order to participate, you will need a computer with internet access and headphones or speakers. The chat feature will be used to ask questions.

Summer Summit

Summer Summit is an annual library management symposium conducted by State Library Development staff. Library directors, board members, and staff are encouraged to attend.

2018's Summer Summit meeting offers a delightful blend of high-quality programming and lively discussions with your peers. All are welcome, but do note that the first hour will be relevant only to public library administrators.

We are happy to announce that we're partnering with AARP for an afternoon workshop on providing technology training to older adults. An enticing pizza lunch will be delivered - it's $10 if you want to nosh the good stuff, but you're also welcome to bring your own lunch. We look forward to seeing you there and hearing what you have to say!

Please go to the Flickertale for the most up-to-date information on this year's Summer Summit.

For more information on previous summer summits please refer to Archived Summer Summit Resources

To register for Summer Summit please do so using these links:
August 8, 2018, Bismarck, North Dakota State Library
August 14, 2018, Grand Forks, Grand Forks Public Library
August 15, 2018, West Fargo, West Fargo Public Library
August 20, 2018, Minot, Minot Public Library

If you have any questions on this year's workshop please contact the North Dakota State Library at 1-800-472-2104 or

Free School Tours and Trainings

The State Library is open for tours! We provide free tours to school groups and we are located right on the capitol grounds. If you're coming to the capitol and/or the Heritage Center, let us know and we can arrange a tour date and time with you as well.

In addition to tours, the Continuing Education Coordinator can travel to your school for classroom sessions. The training will focus on how to navigate the State Library's online resources, searching tips, and what are reliable resources. We can accommodate all grades levels and prefer to conduct several sessions in a single day. We ask that the school librarian be present for at least one of the sessions so that they can conduct these types of sessions when needed.

We would like to make everyone aware that the State Library will be discontinuing these in-class database trainings at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. We will, however, continue to do professional development training for school staff and administrators. We apologize for any inconvenience that this will cause.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact the North Dakota State Library at 1-800-472-2104 or

Tutor ND Practice Classroom

This web interface allows librarians and educators to demonstrate how TutorND works without having to sign into a live tutoring session. It is great for in-class demonstrations when live tutoring is not available and for students to practice how to use it before they join a tutoring session.

North Dakota State Library Renewal and Development Conference

Formerly the Spring Workshop, the goals of the Renewal and Development Conference are to provide opportunities to explore a variety of relevant library issues, build community among librarians, and enhance learning.

The dates for this year's conference were April 23rd & 24th, 2018 at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Mandan, ND.

Next year's Renewal and Development Conference is Monday and Tuesday, April 1st & 2nd, 2019.

Closer to the time of the conference a block of rooms will be announced for the Baymont Inn & Suites that are available at state rate.

Graduate Credit:
Every year we offer school library media specialists can get one graduate credit from Valley City State University. VCSU charges $50 for the credit and you have to register for it separately.

Previous Conferences:
Please visit the Archived Spring Workshop Resources to view and download slideshows and resources from the individual workshops for this year and previous years.

If you have any questions please contact the North Dakota State Library 1-800-472-2104 or

Research Methods Class

The North Dakota State Library offers a two day course for one professional development credit. The course explores different types of research methods, library subscription databases, and internet search engines. The class will have practical applications that can be used in the classroom.

If you are a new librarian, a library assistant, a teacher, or just need a refresher, this is the class for you.

The course will be available for professional development credit for Library Media Specialists through Valley City State University. For educators the credit will be available through the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and Minot State University.

Check the State Library's Flickertale newsletter prior to the class for more information.

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