Public Library Academy

Enrollment is open for staff in Oklahoma's Public Libraries and Tribal Libraries

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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.

Find class resources and materials on the Public Library Academy website.

About the Certification Process and Renewal

The 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 Public Library Academy.

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.

To fill out the PDF forms, please save the form to your computer and open with Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Filling out the PDF application in your browser window instead of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat may prohibit file save or print.

Certification Board

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

  • Misty Crider
    Executive Assistant, Western Plains Library System
  • Leslie Durham
    Director, Elgin Community Library
  • Gail Oehler
    Director, Southern Oklahoma Library System
  • Brad Thomas
    Manager, Schusterman-Benson Library TCCL
  • Jenny Regier
    Director, Cherokee City-County Library
  • Leanne Cheek
    Reader's Services Coordinator, Pioneer Library System
  • Sam Karns
    ODL Computer Lab Coordinator
  • Sadie Bruce
    ODL Continuing Education Coordinator


Questions? Contact Librarian Certification on the Office Contact Form or via email.

Upcoming Events

  1. Closed Veterans Day

    November 11
  2. Closed for Thanksgiving

    November 25 - November 26
  3. ODL Board Meeting

    December 10 @ 10:00 am
  4. Closed for Christmas

    December 23 - December 24
  5. Closed New Year’s Day

    January 1, 2022