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Event/Training Calendar

The State Library hosts a Google Calendar of events including training webinars hosted by SDSL staff, database vendors and other library-related events.

SDSL Board Meetings

Authorized by Chapter 14-1 of the South Dakota Codified Laws, the SDSL Board directs State Library operation and assists and coordinates the other libraries throughout the state in providing services to the public.

Annual Events:

Library Methods On-Demand

SD School Library Standards, self-paced courses via Canvas

Library Methods On-Demand

Book Studies via Canvas

Introduction to SDSL Electronic Resources

Library Training Institute

Spend a week in the dorms with fellow library professionals in June.

ExCITE! 2024: Creating an Impactful School Library

This on-line course focuses on the unique aspects of school librarianship and what it takes to create an impactful school library.

2024 School Librarian Leadership Retreat

The School Librarian Leadership Retreat is an in-person summer training opportunity for school librarians. It is being held at the end of the ExCITE! course as an optional in-person module for ExCITE! students but also open to other school librarians from across the state.

SDLA Annual Conference

Each fall SDLA holds its annual conference with educational training sessions, keynotes, and events.

ExCITE! 2024 Reboot Library Methods

On-line course for school librarians.

Jump Start

Prepare for Summer Reading in these Workshops to hosted across South Dakota during February and March.

Public Library Survey

The Public Libraries Survey is an annual statistical survey of all public libraries in the U.S. The State Library makes the data available for use by SD public librarians and their stakeholders.

Survey runs February 1 through March 31.

Regional Library Trainings

Continuing education opportunity for library directors and staff, in-person and online in select locations across South Dakota.

  • Monday, March 25 - Sturgis
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Mitchell
  • Thursday, April 11 - Online

This spring's topic is weeding.

School Library Survey Course

The State Library uses data collected from the School Libraries Survey (SLS) to track changes and trends in South Dakota School Libraries.

Complete only the survey OR complete the survey as a part of a 6 CECH course.

Survey runs March 4 - May 3.

Online Opportunities:

Niche Tutorials

The South Dakota State Library has recently joined with Niche Academy to provide easy-access video tutorials for our electronic databases, programs and more!

Collect + Connect Meet-ups

Hosted monthly via Zoom, the SDSL facilitates monthly chats for school, public, and academic libraries. These are informal chats to learn from colleagues and make connections.


WebJunction builds the knowledge, skills and confidence of library staff to power strong libraries that are the heart of vibrant communities. A program of OCLC Research, WebJunction is free and welcome to all libraries to use, regardless of size, type or location.

More Resources

  • ALA eLearning : ALA eLearning is the leading global content provider of courses, webinars, and customized eLearning content for library and information workers in all types of libraries and related organizations. New events are added all the time; search and browse for fee-based eCourses and webinars as well as free events. Registration is required.
  • Candid : Learn more about finding and applying for grants for your library. Candid offers live and recorded grant training and webinars.
  • Federal Depository Library Program : FDLP offers live and recorded webinars on government publications.
  • Library Career Resources
  • Library Journal : LJ offers many resources including online courses, in-person, virtual events and webcasts
  • Network of the National Library of Medicine : NNLM offers classes on health and wellness topics for specifically for libraries.

Remember: tracking your continuing education hours is your individual responsibility.

Continuing Education Coordinator

JoAnne Freitag


Access & Development Services Manager

Brenda Hemmelman

1-605-773-3131 (Option 4)