Public Librarian Certification

Oklahoma Institute of Public Librarianship

About the Certification Program

The certification program has been developed by the Oklahoma Library Association and ODL to develop professional standards for Oklahoma’s public libraries.

It is the vision of OLA and ODL that public libraries in Oklahoma be administered and staffed by trained personnel. Continuing education is necessary to assure that librarians keep abreast of developments in the information age. This, in turn, upgrades the library profession, enriches the individual librarians and promotes quality library services.

Certification Board

A certification board oversees the certification process and the work of the certification specialists. Current certification board members are:

  • Candy Ford
    Guthrie Public Library
  • Lori Maederer
    Pioneer Library System
  • Kathy Atchley
    Western Plains Library System
  • Leslie Langley
    Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma
  • Cathy Van Hoy, ODL certification specialist
  • Wendy Gabrielson, ODL certification specialist

Certification Courses Registration

The Office of Library Development has now scheculed the Librarian Certification courses for the Spring 2018 semester.

You will be able to register for classes on the Eventbrite page. This online system allows you to verify you are registered. In addition, you can see who else is attending and from where so carpooling opportunities are identified.  There is a class limit of 25 for each class and classes will NOT be held if less than 5 people register. You will be notified by e-mail a week in advance if a class has been cancelled.

If any of the classes are full, you can place your name on a waiting list if you register with an email address. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Gabrielson on the ODL staff contact form.

More about Certification in Oklahoma 

Oklahoma Certification Manual and Forms for Public Librarians
Explains how the certification process works, and details the levels of certification. The appendix section provides an overview of the courses offered through the Institute of Public Librarianship.

If you need to apply for CEU’s for a program or workshop, you may either submit the OLA Workshop Planning Form or the Program Application Form to the certification specialist.


Questions? Contact the Librarian Certification Division on the Division Contact Form or contact Wendy Gabrielson on the Staff Contact Form.  

Library Development Resources

Upcoming Events

  1. Oklahoma Library Association | Legislative Committee

    July 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Oklahoma Archives and Records Commission

    July 19 @ 10:00 am
  3. Oklahoma Library Association | Legislative Committee

    August 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Public Library Directors Council

    August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  5. ODL Board Meeting

    August 10 @ 10:00 am