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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.

Renewal and Development Conference

The Renewal and Development Conference is Monday and Tuesday, April 1st & 2nd, 2019 at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Mandan, 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. For a description of what is on the schedule for this year please check out our Flickertale newsletter for all of the details.

In addition to the conference, this year we will be partnering with the North Dakota Library Association to take librarians up to the Capitol building on Monday, April 1st to participate in Day @ the Capitol. This event will take place from 9:00am to 1:00pm and we will be driving up 6 people at a time for a 1 hour shift. If you would like to participate in this opportunity to speak with your legislatures please indicate so in the comments section while registering.

Program and Agenda:

Monday will begin with a "Welcome" message by State Librarian, Mary Soucie, and State Superintendent, Kirsten Baesler. We will then move into a presentation by Mary Soucie and after lunch our Keynote will be Emily Ong from Girls Who Code. Her presentation promises to be fun and engaging with ideas on how to start your own Girls Who Code club.

Tuesday we'll get into the program right away with breakout sessions. There are two tracks and each session promises to be engaging and informative.

This year's full program is available right now! We also have an agenda at a glance available for those who just want a quick rundown of what will be going on.

Rooms at the Baymont Inn & Suites:
A block of rooms have been set aside at the Baymont for the conference. When reserving your room please request to be put in the ND State Library's conference block and you will get the room at state rate. State rate is $84.60 per night.

Professional Development Credit:
As always, there will be an opportunity to receive a professional development credit from Valley City State University to be used towards library credentialing. You will be required to attend both days of the conference as well as an evening course Monday in order to receive the credit. VCSU charges $50 for the credit and you have to register for it separately. Registration is now open for this credit here:

Conference Registration:
Registration is now open and can be found through our portal on our calendar. Registration for the conference can be paid upon arrival. The fee for both days is $55, the fee for just one day is $35 and the fee for just attending Monday afternoon (1:00-4:00) is $10. The State Library can accept cash or check but not credit cards at this time. The full day fees do include lunch at the conference as well.

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 1-800-472-2104 or

Research Methods Class

The North Dakota State Library offers a two day course for one professional development credit at the State Library. This year's class will be held June 27-28, 2019.

The course explores different types of research methods, library subscription databases, and Open Education Resources. The class will teach 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.

If you have questions or need more information, 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 professional development days. We will speak to the school staff and administration on what the State Library has to offer to teachers and librarians for programming and/or research.

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.

Summer Summit

Summer Summit is an annual library management symposium conducted by the State Library Development staff. Library directors, board members, and staff are encouraged to attend. We hold this workshop in four different locations around the state and an announcement of the year's theme and dates is made in our newsletter, the Flickertale.

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

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

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