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Training for Libraries and Education


The North Dakota State Library offers monthly webinars that last about ½ 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 a headset or speakers. The chat feature will be used to ask questions.

Research Methods Course for Professional Development Credit

The North Dakota State Library offers a Research Methods course for one professional development credit. The class is 15 hours long and lasts two days. The next class is July 6th & 7th, 2017 and will be held at the North Dakota State Library.

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.

Credit for this course is available for Library Media Specialists from Valley City State University . Credit for teachers is available from Minot State University, University of North Dakota, and North Dakota State University.

The cost for the credit is $50.00, payable to the university granting the credit.

The class can also be taken for no credit, free of charge. If you are a new librarian, a library assistant, or just need a refresher, feel free to register.

Check the State Library's Flickertale newsletter will also have information about the class.

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

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.

This year's Summer Summit will be focused on participating in the Hour of Code and running coding clubs in libraries. Mark your calendars and watch for more details in future issues of the Flickertale.

Monday, August 14 Minot Minot Public Library
Tuesday, August 15 West Fargo West Fargo Public Library
Wednesday, August 16 Bismarck North Dakota State Library
Thursday, August 17 Grand Forks Grand Forks Public Library

All locations run from 10:00-4:00 with lunch catered in at a modest fee for those who want it.

To attend a Summer Summit in your area, please register through our calendar.

Archived Summer Summit Resources

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.

This year's conference was held on April 17th & 18th, 2017.

The dates for next year's conference are Monday and Tuesday, April 23rd & 24th, 2018. It will be held at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Mandan, ND.

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

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.

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

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