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Public Librarian Certification Program

To help meet the needs of ongoing continuing education for West Virginia’s library staff so they may provide professional library service, the West Virginia Library Commission is developing a three-level certification program comprised of online courses, archived webinars, workshops, and special institutes.

Library personnel who do not have formal training in library science should start with the Basic Certification track, which includes introductory coursework in these core areas: Fundamentals of Librarianship, Collection Development, Organization of Materials, Management, Programming & Services, and Technology.

Intermediate and Advanced Certification will build on the work done at the basic level.  These tracks will be available in Spring 2019.
Courses will be added and removed based on the timeless of the information presented.  If you have taken an online course, webinar, or workshop that you feel will benefit others, please recommend it at surveymonkey.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Campbell-Shock. 

Basic Certification

The following are the core courses for basic certification: 

 

Fundamentals of Librarianship

  • Ethics and Public Service (ABLE)  

Collection Development 

  • Collection Development Basics (ABLE)
  • Collection Development Policy (ABLE)
  • Collection Maintenance (ABLE)
  • Weeding the Library Collection (WebJunction) 

Organization of Materials

  • Introduction to Technical Services and Cataloging Records (ABLE)
  • Introduction to Dewey Classification (ABLE)
  • Introduction to MARC (ABLE) 
  • Introduction to Subject Headings (ABLE) 

Management

  • Creating and Analyzing an Operating Budget (WebJunction)
  • Tactics for Time Management and Organizational Skills (WebJunction)
  • Keeping Your Library Safe (Infopeople)
  • That’s Not What I Said!: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication (WebJunction)
  • Directors ASK (WebJunction)  

Programming and Services 

  • Readers Advisory (WebJunction)
  • Reference Interview (ABLE)
  • WVInfoDepot.org Tutorials
  • Customer Service Fundamentals: Building Rapport in Customer Relations (WebJunction)  

Marketing and Advocacy

  • Northstar Basic Competency Tests from Minnesota   

Electives – 8-Courses in the following subject areas

  • 1 Fundraising
  • 1 Staff Development
  • 2 Personnel Management
  • 1 Organizational Leadership
  • 2 Programming and Services
  • 1 Marketing and Advocacy  

Procedure

  • Sign-up for a free WebJunction learning portal account by clicking here. This gives you access to course content and your personalized learning management system for the WebJunction portion of the certificate.
  • Register your interest in participating at surveymonkey.com. From the time your registration is received, you will have two-years to complete the requirements for Basic Certification.
  • Begin taking the required courses in any order.
  • Certificates of completion can be downloaded from WebJunction, ABLE, and sABLE courses.  Send your certificates to the Library Commission so your progress can be tracked. 
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