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Public Library Director Toolkit

This toolkit includes all of the information public library directors and staff will need to help them run their libraries. Explore the tabs to the left for almost limitless information—some tabs will even open up a new tab to a more in-depth guide!

As of June 2020, this guide is still being updated to compile information from the North Dakota State Library's other resource pages, so check back often for updates.

Library Development

Contact your Public Library Specialist for assistance with planning, policies, and any other library questions you may have.

Abby EbachAdams County Library (Hettinger), Ashley Public Library, Beulah Public Library, Bottineau County Public Library, Bowbells Public Library, Bowman Regional Public Library, Dickinson Area Public Library, Divide County Public Library (Crosby), Elgin Public Library, Garrison Public Library, Glen Ullin Public Library, Golden Valley County Library (Beach), Harry L. Petrie Public Library (Linton), Harvey Public Library, Hazen Public Library, Heart of America Library (Rugby), Hebron Public Library, Kidder County Public Library (Steele), Killdeer Public Library, Max Community Library, McKenzie County Public Library (Watford City), McLean-Mercer Regional Library (Riverdale), Mohall Public Library, Morton Mandan Public Library, Mott Public Library, New England Public Library, New Town City Library, Parshall Public Library, Rolette City Library, Rolla Public Library, Sherwood Public Library, Stanley Public Library, Stanton Public Library, Tioga Community Library, Turtle Lake Public Library, Underwood Public Library, Velva School & Public Library, Ward County Public Library (Kenmare and Minot), Washburn Public Library, Williston Community Library, Wishek School & Public Library

Angela HouserCando Community Library, Carnegie Regional Library (Grafton, Aneta, Adams, and Michigan), Carrington City Library, Casselton Public Library, Cavalier County Library (Langdon), Cavalier Public Library, Eddy-New Rockford Public Library, Edgeley Public Library, Edna Ralston Public Library (Larimore), Ellendale Public Library, Enderlin Municipal Library,  Forman Public Library, Griggs County Public Library (Cooperstown),  James River Valley Library System (Jamestown), Kindred Public Library, Lake Region Public Library (Devils Lake), Lakota City Library, LaMoure School & Public Library, Leach Public Library (Wahpeton), Leeds Public Library, Lidgerwood City Library, Lisbon Public Library, Maddock Community Library, Margaret Fraase Public Library (Buffalo), Mayville Public Library, McVille Community Library, Northwood City Library, Oakes School & Public Library, Park River School & Public Library, Pembina School & City Library, Satre Memorial Milnor School Library, Valley City Barnes County Public Library, Walhalla Public Library

Carmen ReddingBismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, Fargo Public Library, Grand Forks Public Library, Minot Public Library, West Fargo Public Library

North Dakota is a much larger state than people often realize. With about 70,000 square miles, it ranks in the top 20 largest states (fun fact).

The North Dakota State Library (NDSL) strives to serve all libraries across the state in a timely and efficient manner. Several departments are frequently on the road conducting site visits and providing assistance to libraries. However, North Dakota’s geography can sometimes be a burden, especially when assistance is needed immediately. Thankfully, technology is here to help.

When a library has a pressing issue (that cannot be resolved via phone or email) and visual assistance is needed, your Public Library Specialist may utilize Zoom.

Zoom is a communication platform that allows for collaboration, video conferencing, online meetings, webinars, etc.

With Zoom, staff can easily share their screen and walk you through the issue. This can also work vice versa: You can easily share your screen and visually explain things on your end.

Using Zoom may particularly come in handy with any WordPress questions or during the Annual Report/ State Aid seasons.

How it works:

  1. Contact your Public Library Specialist about your question or issue.
  2. If your inquiry cannot be resolved via phone or email and a visual aid would make the situation easier, staff will initiate a Zoom meeting.
  3. Staff will provide you with the Zoom meeting information (either the link to join and/or the meeting ID number).
  4. Once you get the information, attempt to join the meeting. This can be done by clicking on the meeting link/URL or entering in the meeting ID on Zoom. If you do not have Zoom installed on your computer, you may be prompted to download it. (NDSL’s webinars and NDLA’s meetings are conducted via Zoom. So if you don’t have Zoom downloaded, it would be a good idea to have it anyway.)
  5. You will be redirected to join the Zoom meeting. In the Zoom meeting, you or the LD representative will be able to share their screen.


  • No microphone on your computer? – No problem! The Zoom meeting can be muted and you can talk with staff on the phone while you collaborate and share screens.
  • No webcam on your computer? – No problem! A webcam is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting. As long as you are able to view the meeting screen, there shouldn’t be any issues.
  • Will there be any costs to use this service? – No! Zoom does have a variety of different plans, some of which have a fee. However, Zoom also has a basic plan that is free. But, there will be no costs for libraries to attending a Zoom meeting that NDSL sets up.
  • Does Zoom have remote desktop capabilities? – No. Zoom is not remote desktop software, so staff will not be able to gain access to your computer via Zoom. Zoom is a collaboration platform and only allows for the sharing of screens. You would still have full access to your computer, but all meeting attendees would be able to see your screen when you share it.
  • How can Zoom meetings be joined? –
  • How do I share my screen? –

2019 STAR Library Awards

The STAR Library and Wheelie awards are presented to North Dakota libraries in recognition of the administrators and staff that provide exceptional service with the financial resources at their disposal. This honor is bestowed on those performing the best across a range of per-capita measures within a peer-group of libraries with similar operating expenditures.

The metrics that are considered for the STAR awards are total circulation per capita, central branch service hours per week, program attendance per capita, and combined computer and WiFi use per capita.

The metrics considered for the Wheelie award are total circulation per capita, bookmobile stops, and mileage.