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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.

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

Summer Summit

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

For more information on previous summer summits, please refer to Archived Summer Summit Resources and our newsletter, the Flickertale .

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

Training Request

We know that it isn't always easy figuring out who to send a request for a training or visit to so we have created an easy to fill out form that will hopefully take all of the guess work out of contacting us. Just fill out the form to let us know what you would like. Some of the choices we have are Database Trainings, Library Visits, and Tours of the State Library. Once you submit we will be in touch with you to set up your training.

Request Form:

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

Research Methods Class

Every summer, the North Dakota State Library offers the Research Methods class for one professional development credit. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and our endeavors to keep everyone as safe as possible, this year's course will be virtual.

Different methods of research, library subscription databases, connected learning, and computational thinking will be explored, along with practical applications that can be used in the classroom. New librarians, library assistants, teachers, and people who need a refresher will learn something new in this class.

The course will take place throughout July. The attendees will be required to attend four (4) virtual sessions that will be two (2) hours apiece starting on July 7th along with seven (7) hours of further learning as assigned by the instructors.

The professional development credit for Library Media Specialists is available 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.

If you wish to attend the course without the professional development credit, please e-mail the North Dakota State Library.

Check the State Library's Flickertale newsletter for more information. The syllabus is available upon request.

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

Renewal and Development Conference

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the 2020 Renewal and Development Conference is cancelled.

The 2021 conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 12th and 13th, at the Ramada in Bismarck, ND.

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.

Please check back on this page for updates closer to the 2021 conference.

For questions please email

Previous Conferences

If you would like to view past conferences please visit the Archived Renewal and Development Resources. The archive consists of slideshows and resources from the individual workshops from the previous years.

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

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