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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

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

Renewal and Development Conference

The Renewal and Development Conference is Monday and Tuesday, April 6th and 7th, 2020, 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. The full Renewal and Development Program and the Program at a Glance are now available.

Rooms at the Ramada

A block of rooms have been set aside at the Ramada 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 $86.40 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. In order to receive the credit, you will be required to attend both days of the conference as well as the evening course on Monday. 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 Eventbrite here:

Pre-Registration is required through the app. You can pay by credit card or by check. The registration fee is $60 for both days and $40 for attending either Monday or Tuesday. Lunch is included with the fees.

NOTICE: New this year is not only the pre-payment requirement but the General Admission tickets will close on March 30th.

If you register after that date or in-person on the day of the conference there will be a $20 late fee added to the registration cost. We will only be able to accept checks for in-person payments.

Cancellation Policy

In order to receive a full refund, cancellation requests must be received by the North Dakota State Library by March 30, 2020.

If this cancellation deadline is not met, the ND State Library retains the right to issue refunds on a case by case basis when a request is received by email up to the date of the event.

In the event of inclement weather, the ND State Library retains the right to issue a refund at its discretion.

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

Research Methods Class

The North Dakota State Library offers a two day course for one professional development credit at the State Library.

This class will teach practical applications that can be used in the classroom and beyond. If you are a new librarian, a library assistant, a teacher, or just need a refresher, this is the class for you.

The next class will be held July 9th & 10th, 2020 (subject to change).

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

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. Library directors, board members, and staff are all encouraged to attend this day long workshop. We hold it in four different locations around the state and run a different agenda of items each year.

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

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