Public Library Academy

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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.

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.


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

Questions? Contact the Librarian Certification Division on the Division Contact Form or contact Wendy Noerdlinger via email.


Library Development Resources

Upcoming Events

  1. Oklahoma Library Association | Legislative Committee

    September 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. SmartStart Committee Meeting

    September 20 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness

    September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Oklahoma Library Association | Legislative Committee

    October 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Public Library Directors Council

    October 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm