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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

State Aid and Annual Reports

Public Library State Aid applications and Annual Reports will be available on February 1, 2021 and need to be completed by March 31, 2021. Library directors can access and submit both documents via the Counting Opinions website at

NDSL will be offering virtual State Aid Application and Annual Report Walk-Throughs. Please register in advance for these events through the links below.

If you have questions regarding State Aid to Public Libraries, please contact Cynthia Clairmont-Schmidt at the North Dakota State Library at 1-800-472-2104 or Questions regarding the Annual Report can be directed to Michele Balliet Unrath at 1-800-472-2104 or

Trustee Training

The State Library is offering a new 8-part training series for library trustees beginning in February 2021. These 30-minute, online sessions will cover a broad range of topics to assist board members in learning more about their role as a trustee and about libraries in general. Both new and veteran trustees are welcome to attend the trainings. Register here to receive the link to attend any of the sessions below:

If you have questions regarding this training, please contact Abby Ebach at or 701-328-4680.

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.

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 either in June or July 2021. The official dates will be announced in the Flickertale as well as through the school librarian listserv, SCHLIB-Talk.

The professional development credit for Library Media Specialists will be available through Valley City State University. The education 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 closer to the summer of 2021.

If you have any 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 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

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