Annual Conference

NDLA 2017 Annual Conference

NDLA Conference 2017 Libraries Transform

October 4-6, 2017

Alerus Center – Grand Forks

The North Dakota Library Association’s 2017 Annual Conference is an opportunity for people from all types of libraries across the state and region to come together to share ideas, get inspired, and connect with each other. It’s our way of continuing to transform our libraries and ourselves.

 We hope to see you there!




Canad Inns Grand Forks

1000 South 42nd Street

Grand Forks ND 58201


A block of rooms has been set aside for NDLA conference attendees at the government rate of $89 per night plus related taxes. Reservations must be made before September 3, 2017.

 All rooms have high-speed internet access (wireless and data port), flat-screen TV’s with premium cable, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and board, and small refrigerator.

 There are also several bars and restaurants located inside the Canad Inn, including ‘l Bistro Mediterranean Eatery, Aaltos Restaurant, Garbonzo’s Pizza, Tavern United, Playmakers Gaming Lounge, Splashers Water Park, and an arcade.



 Conference registration opens June 1, 2017. Watch for a link to the form coming soon!

 Members of the Minnesota Library Association, the South Dakota Library Association, and the Wyoming Library Association may register at NDLA member rates.


NDLA 2017 Conference


Early Bird

(before 9-1-17)


Regular Registration

Pre-conference #1 (TBD)



Pre-conference #2 (TBD)



Member – Conference



Non-Member – Conference



Member – One Day Only



Non-Member – One Day Only




The NDLA Association would like to assess interest in a talent show to be held after the auction. If you would like to participate in the talent show, follow the link below to complete the form.

Talent show participation Request form

Call for Proposals:

Has your library transformed itself from a little-used spot into a vibrant community hub? Have you transformed yourself from technophobe into a technology expert? Do you have a knack for transforming discarded books into works of art? We want to hear about it! Just submit a conference proposal!

BUT WAIT!!! This year, there are even more ways to share! In addition to the traditional conference session (50 minutes), there will be Hot Topics (10-minute presentations grouped into sessions), and a poster session (similar to science fair, posters set up all day Thursday with an assigned one-hour opportunity for discussion).

Curious? Want to know more? Just contact Wendy Wendt at or 701.772.8116 or Kelly Thormodson at or 701.777.4129

Already know what you want to do? Please use the web form below to submit your session, Hot Topic or poster session proposal for consideration for the NDLA 2017 Conference: Libraries Transform.

Proposals should be submitted by June 1, 2017 and you will be notified about acceptance by July 1, 2017.

Click here for the online proposal form

We look forward to hearing from you!


Keynote Speakers

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Preliminary Conference Information

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Exhibitor Information


The NDLA conference would not be complete without our terrific exhibitors who help libraries transform by offering innovative products, terrific services, and that one-on-one connection that is so important. Our goal is to provide exhibitors with opportunities to talk with and build mutually beneficial relationships with NDLA members.




Here are some things you need to know about the facilities and our plans:

  • Scheduled, no-conflict, times for visiting the exhibit hall.
  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks will be held in or near the exhibit hall.
  • A vendor hospitality room with refreshments will be provided for your comfort and convenience.
  • Friendliest Booth award sponsored by the NDLA New Members Round Table.
  • Vendor Social Hour will offer a casual atmosphere to visit with attendees.


Exhibit Dates and Times

            Thursday, October 5th

                        6:00 am – 9:00 am      Vendor Set-Up

                        9:00 am                       Exhibits Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

                        9:00 am – 4:30 pm      Exhibits Open

                        5:00 pm – 6:00 pm      Vendor Reception and Cash Bar

                        6:30 pm                        Banquet

            Friday, October 6th

                        8:00 am – 2:00 pm      Exhibits Open

                        1:30 am – 2:00 pm      Closing Ceremony and Door Prizes


            Table fees:

Postmarked on or before August 1st 2017

Postmarked after August 1st 2017

8’ x 10’ Booth - $350

8’ x 10’ Booth - $400

(2) 8’ x 10’ Booths - $650

(2) 8’ x 10’ Booths - $750

8’ Tabletop - $150

8’ Tabletop - $200

Conference Sponsorships

If you cannot attend the 2017 NDLA Annual Conference as an exhibitor, but would like to contribute to its success as a sponsor or co-sponsor, these opportunities are available:

NDLA welcomes sponsors, and will recognize your generosity with special signage at the conference and in the program. We can also include ad space in our conference book, as indicated in the levels below.

$100 Bronze - (unlimited)

  •  Name listed on sponsor recognition page of conference program


$250 Silver - (unlimited)

  •  Name listed on sponsor recognition page of conference program
  •  ¼ page ad in conference program


$500 Gold - Sponsor Refreshments at a Break (4)

  •  Name and logo displayed on sponsor recognition page of conference program
  •  ½ page ad in conference program
  •  Name and logo posted at the sponsored refreshment table


$1,000 Platinum - Sponsor Keynote Speaker (2) or Breakfasts (2)

  •  Name and logo displayed on sponsor recognition page of conference program
  •  Full page ad in conference program
  •  Name and logo Board posted at entrance to the event
  •  Verbal recognition and thank you during intro to the event


$5,000 Titanium - Sponsor Awards Banquet (1) or Bus to Opening Reception (1)

  •  Name and logo displayed on sponsor recognition page of conference program
  •  Full page ad in conference program
  •  Name and logo on banquet program or inside the bus
  •  Name and logo posted at entrance to the event or at bus boarding area
  •  Verbal recognition and thank you during intro to the event
  •  Verbal recognition and thank you at both NDLA membership meetings
  •  Complementary booth at exhibits (if desired)


Special signage at the conference and in the program will recognize your generosity.

We can also include ad space in our conference book.

Please coordinate your logo and ad details with us.

Bronze: ¼ page, Silver: ½ page, Gold and up: full page

We also welcome sponsorships of socials, breaks, door prizes,

or other amenities and novelties.

For more information about the 2017 Conference Exhibits, contact:

Stephanie Kom

President Elect, Exhibit Chair

State Historical Society of North Dakota

(Work) 701-328-3571

Conference Credit

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Useful Links

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