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Library Training Institute

Library Institute 2019 is June 2-7th at Northern State University in Aberdeen SD. Spend a week in the dorms and get to know your fellow library professionals from all over the state.

  • Library educator and consultant, Sharon Osenga, will be sharing information about library administration, budgets, strategic planning, policies and procedures. Sharon is recently retired from over 20 years Library System in Nebraska.
  • Training Coordinator from the Minnesota Literacy Council Andrea Echelberger, will cover the topic "A Story for Everyone" Immigration, Culture, Language and Supporting New Americans
  • South Dakota State Library professional Shawn Behrends will talk to us about data methods for gathering, analyzing, and presenting data to local library stakeholders and policy makers.
  • South Dakota Library Professionals, Brenda Hemmelman and Kathleen Slocum will present on Grants, applying, funding and Gov't Federal Documents
  • State Librarian Daria Bossman will present information on IMLS, the State Library, SD State Library law, trustee issues and tips for relating to and communicating with your governing body.

A graduation celebration and ceremony completes the week of Library Institute.


Library Institute Registration 2019

Confirm that the Library Institute Schedule works for you. Institute always fills up quickly. Register today!


library training instituteAbout Institute

Coordinated by the South Dakota State Library, the Library Training Institute is a four-year program of continuing education for South Dakota-based library practitioners, support staff and trustees of small public libraries. The program requires week-long attendance at four different Institute modules with successful participation in selected online coursework during the fall and winter months in between the June sessions. No prior formal library science education, or previous college attendance, is required to attend.

Institute participants can start the program at any point in the curriculum, but must complete four-year program of continuing education that includes on-campus and off-campus requirements in seven (7) years. Institute instructors provide in-depth classes in: the foundations of public library service; public library administration; services to the public; collections; cataloging and metadata; and technology. Students earn college credit from South Dakota State University, and after completion, are recognized as certified public library practitioners.

Scholarships are limited and also based on your need.


If you have any questions contact Kathleen Slocum at the South Dakota State Library. You can email her (Email Link ) or 605-773-8438 or 1-800-423-6665.

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The Library Training Institute is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.





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