NEWS! The Fall 2018 Public Library Academy classes are now open for registration.
Public Library Academy
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.
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