Voluntary Public Librarian Certification Program

To meet the needs of Maine’s library staff for ongoing training so they may provide dynamic professional library service, the Maine State Library has developed a three level voluntary certification program comprised of online courses, archived webinars, workshops and special institutes

Library directors and personnel who do not have formal training in library science should start with Basic Certification training which includes introductory coursework in core areas: Fundamentals of Librarianship, Collection Develpment, Organization of Materials, Management, Programming/Services and Technology.All the courses fit into the American Library Association (ALA) Core Competencies and the 21st Century Skills matrices.

Intermediate and Advanced Certification builds on the work done at the basic level and allows the librarian to explore these topic areas in more depth by choosing electives in each subject area. Once a certification level is achieved, the librarian is required to attend or complete 5 classes, webinars or workshops each year to maintain that level of certification. School Library Media Specialists and Ed Techs can use these courses toward recertification.

If you have any questions, please contact your district consultant via the Contact Us page.

Basic Certification

20 required courses [Word, 19kb]
plus 8 electives in the categories below:

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

Intermediate Certification

Basic plus 16 electives in the categories
below:

  • Fundamentals of Librarianship - 1
  • Organization of Materials - 1
  • Management - 8
  • Programming and Services - 2
  • Marketing and Advocacy - 2
  • Technology - 2

Advanced Certification

Intermediate plus 16 electives in the categories below:

  • Fundamentals of Librarianship -1
  • Organization of Materials - 1
  • Management - 7
  • Programming and Services - 2
  • Marketing and Advocacy - 3
  • Technology - 2


See results below.

All Courses
Title Topic Level Provider
Libraries Transforming Communities: Community Engagement Conversations Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective Programming Librarian
Moderating Forums @ your library, Part I—Nuts and Bolts Programming & Services - Adults/Older Adults Elective Programming Librarian
ABLE - Merchandising Collection Development Elective Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Collection Maintenance Collection Development Elective Idaho Commission for Libraries
Affordable Care Act Navigators Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective Maine State Library
An Introduction to Digital Preservation Organization of Materials Elective WebJunction
Asset Based Collaboration with Joan Frye Williams Marketing & Advocacy - Partnerships Elective Maine State Library
Be Fearless: Public Speaking for Librarians Management - Interpersonal Skills Elective WebJunction
Being Customer Focused: New and Emerging Trends in Customer Service Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective Infopeople
Bringing STEM Learning to Public Libraries: Collaboration and Resources for Librarians Programming & Services - Children Elective Programming Librarian
Collections: Making Smart Choices within a Limited Materials Budget Collection Development Elective Infopeople
Common Core State Standards and Public Libraries Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Infopeople
Community Connections:Break with Tradition! Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective WebJunction
Community Led Library Service Development Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective Infopeople
Convening Forums @ your library—Nuts and Bolts Programming & Services - Adults/Older Adults Elective Programming Librarian
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: An Introduction Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Programming Librarian
eReader Classes for the Masses Programming & Services - Patron Training Elective Programming Librarian
eReader Detective: Solving the case for your library patrons Technology Elective WebJunction
Extreme Customer Service, Everytime Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective WebJunction
Flexible Spaces - Flexible Futures Management - Facilities Elective WebJunction
Futureproofing Your Library with Joan Frye Williams Management - Strategic Planning Elective Maine State Library
Genre Studies with Joyce Saricks - Genres that Appeal to the Emotions Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective Maine State Library
Genre Studies with Joyce Saricks - Genres that Appeal to the Intellect Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective Maine State Library
Genre Studies with Joyce Saricks - Landscape Genres Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective Maine State Library
Genre Studies with Joyce Saricks - Nonfiction Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective Maine State Library
Grace Under Pressure: Tips and Tricks to Cultivate a Positive Approach Management - Interpersonal Skills Elective WebJunction
Health Happens in Libraries: Health Information Resources for Library Staff Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective WebJunction
Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth Management - Strategic Planning Elective WebJunction
How to Make Your Grant Proposal Stand Out from the Pack Management - Fundraising Elective Programming Librarian
Leadership Meets Imagination: A Eureka! Institute Special Webinar Management - Organizational Leadership Elective Infopeple
Library Social Media Use Marketing & Advocacy - Social Media Elective WebJunction
Library Surveys for Success Management - Strategic Planning Elective WebJunction
Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective WebJunction
MARVEL's Britannica Online Public Library Edition Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective Brittanica
ME Quality Service Training Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective University of Maine
Measurements that Matter: Analyzing Patron Behavior Management - Strategic Planning Elective Infopeople
Mental Health First Aid USA for Library Staff Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective Programming Librarian
Moderating Forums @ your library, Part 2—Step-by-Step Programming & Services - Adults/Older Adults Elective Programming Librarian
Preservation Best Practices: Collections Care: Handling, Access, Storage, and Exhibition Collection Development Elective Infopeople
Preservation Best Practices: Fundamentals and Facilities Collection Development Elective Infopeople
Preservation Best Practices: Planning and Prioritizing: Tools for Success Collection Development Elective Infopeople
Preservation Best Practices: The Role of Environment in Collections Care: Temperature & RH, Lighting, and Pest Management Collection Development Elective Infopeople
Programming for At-risk Tweens Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Programming Librarian
Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective WebJunction
The Accidental Library Marketer Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective Programming Librarian
The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective WebJunction
The Iron is HOT!: Libraries as Innovative and Community Catalysts Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective WebJunction
The Online Learner: Sinking or Swimming Programming & Services - Patron Training Elective WebJunction
Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective WebJunction
Wanna Play? Gaming @ your library Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Programming Librarian
When a Story is More than Paper: Transmedia and Young Adult Literature Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Infopeople
ABLE - Building a Collection Collection Development Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Collection Assessment Collection Development Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Writing a Collection Development (CD) Policy Collection Development Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
Weeding the Library Collection Collection Development Basic WebJunction
ABLE- Ethics and Public Service Fundamentals of Librarianship Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
Intellectual Freedom Fundamentals of Librarianship Elective Infopeople
Public Libraries and the Homeless: Legal Issues Fundamentals of Librarianship Elective Infopeople
Designing Interactive Library Spaces Management - Facilities Elective Georgia Library Association
Designing Vibrant Libraries: Using Our Strengths to Create the Libraries of the Future Management - Facilities Elective Georgia Library Association
Keeping Your Library Safe: Black Belt Librarians Management - Facilities Basic Infopeople
Engaging Millennials as Donors, Volunteers and Constituents Management - Fundraising Elective Non Profit Webinars
Grant Seeking Basics Management - Fundraising Elective Grantspace
Proposal Writing Basics Management - Fundraising Elective Grantspace
What Executive Directors Desperately Need to Know About Fundraising Management - Fundraising Elective Non Profit Webinars
Winning Library Grants Management - Fundraising Elective WebJunction
Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Your Library Management - Interpersonal Skills Elective WebJunction
Accidental Leadership with George Needham Management - Organizational Leadership Elective WebJunction
Bold Intentions for Leadership Effectiveness Management - Organizational Leadership Elective Non Profit Webinars
Directors ASK Management - Organizational Leadership Basic WebJunction
Skills for the Everyday Leader Management - Organizational Leadership Elective WebJunction
That's Not What I Said!: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication Management - Personnel Management Elective WebJunction
The Hopeful Workplace Management - Personnel Management Elective Infopeople
Creating a Culture of Innovation Management - Staff Development Elective WebJunction
Improvisation at Work! Communicating and Innovating in Your Library Management - Staff Development Elective Infopeople
Self Directed Achievement Management - Staff Development Elective WebJunction
The Future of Online Learning Management - Staff Development Elective WebJunction
You Can Do It: A Recipe for Designing Web-based Instruction Management - Staff Development Elective WebJunction
7 Ways Planning Improves Social Impact and Sustainability Management - Strategic Planning Elective Non Profit Webinars
Disaster Planning: What You Need to Protect Your Tech Management - Strategic Planning Elective TechSoup
Disaster Response Management - Strategic Planning Elective WebJunction
Effective Strategic Planning Part 2: Getting Results Management - Strategic Planning Elective Non Profit Webinars
Library P.I.: Process Improvement Library-Style Management - Strategic Planning Elective Infopeople
Master of Disaster: Developing a Disaster Plan Management - Strategic Planning Elective WebJunction
Operational Planning: The Key to Building a Culture of Implementation and Focus Management - Strategic Planning Elective Non Profit Webinars
Strategic Downsizing Management - Strategic Planning Elective Infopeople
Engaging Volunteers During Difficult Economic Times Management - Trustees/Friends/Volunteers Elective Infopeople
Pennsylvania Trustee Training Video Series Management - Trustees/Friends/Volunteers Elective Pennsylvania Bureau of Library Development
Successful Volunteer Recruitment Strategies: Capturing the Talent of Baby Boomers and the Generations that Follow Management - Trustees/Friends/Volunteers Elective Infopeople
Data Visualization for Advocacy Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective WebJunction
Developing Motivating Messages Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective WebJunction
Organizational Storytelling for Librarians Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective Infopeople
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know - Meaningful Community Engagement Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective Infopeople
Telling the Library Story Marketing & Advocacy - Advocacy Elective WebJunction
Basic Graphic Design for Llbrary Staff- Quick and Easy Solutions Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective Infopeople
Best Kept Secret: Marketing the Small & Rural Library Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective WebJunction
Best Small Library in America 2012 Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective WebJunction
Communicating through Infographics Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective Infopeople
How to Fail at Social Media (and How to Get It Right) Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective Infopeople
Keep It Simple: Developing a Marketing Plan for your Library Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Basic WebJunction
Merchandising That Works Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective WebJunction
The Power of Image: Presenting with the Brain in Mind Marketing & Advocacy - Marketing Elective WebJunction
Building Collaboration on a Shoestring Marketing & Advocacy - Partnerships Elective WebJunction
It's Who Know: Finding, Making and Keeping Connections for Successful Partnerships Marketing & Advocacy - Partnerships Elective Infopeople
Fine-tuning Facebook for Libraries Marketing & Advocacy - Social Media Elective WebJunction
Information Cartographer Marketing & Advocacy - Social Media Elective WebJunction
ABLE - Introduction to Dewey Classification Organization of Materials Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Introduction to MARC Organization of Materials Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Introduction to Subject Headings Organization of Materials Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Introduction to Technical Services and Catalog Records Organization of Materials Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
Book Repair Basics for Libraries Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
Changes from AACR2 to RDA. Part 1 Organization of Materials Elective Assocation for Library Collections and Technical Services
Changes from AACR2 to RDA. Part 2 Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
Ebooks and Libraries: Legal Issues for Library Administration and Staff Organization of Materials Elective Infopeople
Floating Collections: Building on Your Patron's Horizons Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
Introduction to Cataloging for Non-Catalogers Organization of Materials Elective WebJunction
Introduction to RDA Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
Principles of Classification Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
RDA for the Non Cataloger Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
RDA in 10 Easy Steps Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
Shelving with Dewey Organization of Materials Elective WebJunction
Shelving with Library of Congress Classification Organization of Materials Elective WebJunction
Shelving with NLM Organization of Materials Elective WebJunction
Steps in a Digital Preservation Workflow Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
The Art of Selecting Digital Content to Preserve Organization of Materials Elective Association for Library Collections and Technical Services
The Role of Long-Term Storage in Digital Curation Organization of Materials Elective Association of Library Collections and Technical Services
Top Tech Trends in Materials Handling Organization of Materials Elective WebJunction
Libraries Go Boom: Library Service to Older Adults and Baby Boomers Programming & Services - Adults/Older Adults Elective WebJunction
Planning an Adult Program on a Budget Programming & Services - Adults/Older Adults Elective WebJunction
Tips for Small and Rural Libraries-Adult Programs on a 0 Budget Programming & Services - Adults/Older Adults Elective WebJunction
Accompanying the Young Reader: Helping the Reader Choose Appropriate Books Programming & Services - Children Elective WebJunction
Early Literacy Programming in the Digital Age Programming & Services - Children Elective Infopeople
It’s All About the Money: Corporate Fundraising for Children’s Programming in Public Libraries Programming & Services - Children Elective Infopeople
Leveraging Technology to Support Early Literacy Programming & Services - Children Elective WebJunction
Planning Story Times for Children Programming & Services - Children Elective WebJunction
SABLE - Early Childhood Services Programming & Services - Children Elective Idaho Commission for Libraries
SABLE - Services to School Aged Children Programming & Services - Children Elective Idaho Commission for Libraries
There Will Always Be Storytellers Programming & Services - Children Elective WebJunction
What's New for Storytimes Programming & Services - Children Elective WebJunction
Dealing with Angry Patrons Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective WebJunction
Inclusive Library Programs for People with Intellectual Disabilities Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective Infopeople
What Do I Do Now? Handling Challenging Situations with Mentally Ill and Homeless Library Users, Part 1 Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective Infopeople
What Do I Do Now? Handling Challenging Situations with Mentally Ill and Homeless Library Users, Part 2 Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective Infopeople
What Would Walt Do Programming & Services - Customer Service Elective WebJunction
LibraryYOU: Library as Content Creator Programming & Services - Patron Training Elective WebJunction
Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets Programming & Services - Patron Training Elective WebJunction
Tech Training a la Carte Programming & Services - Patron Training Elective WebJunction
Twitter for Job Seekers Programming & Services - Patron Training Elective WebJunction
Genre Studies with Joyce Saricks - Adrenaline Genres Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective Maine State Library
ABLE - Basic Reference Sources Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Evaluating Reference Sources Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective Idaho Commission for Libraries
ABLE - Reference Interview Programming & Services - Reference & RA Basic Idaho Commission for Libraries
Basic Web-Based Reference Programming & Services - Reference & RA Elective WebJunction
MARVEL Tutorials Programming & Services - Reference & RA Basic Maine State Library
Readers' Advisory Services (RA) Programming & Services - Reference & RA Basic WebJunction/Library U
SABLE - Young Adult (YA) Services Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Idaho Commission for Libraries
Teaming up with Teens @ Your Library Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective WebJunction
Teens, Tweens, and Social Networking Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Infopeople
Youth Media Activities in Your Community: Teaching Digital Natives Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective Infopeople
Youth-led Tech @ the Library Programming & Services - Young Adults Elective WebJunction
Automation Basics for the Small Public Library Technology Elective Maine State Library
Cloud Computing What Is It Technology Elective WebJunction
Developing and Maintaining E-Reader Policies and Procedures for Libraries Technology Elective WebJunction
Digital Literacy Curriculum Technology Elective GCFLearnFree; DigitalLiteracy.Gov
eReaders for Everyone Technology Elective WebJunction
LearningExpress Technology Elective LearningExpress, Maine State Library
Northstar Digital Literacy Project - Basic Competency Tests Technology Basic Minnesota
So Many Devices, So Little Time Technology Elective WebJunction
TechSoup Technology Elective TechSoup
TechSoup Basic PC Troubleshooting Technology Elective WebJunction