Public Librarian Certification

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Register for Certification Classes!

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
  • Jackie Kropp
    Western Plains Library System
  • Kathy Atchely
    Western Plains Library System
  • Sara Schieman
    Mabel C. Fry Public Library, Yukon
  • Cathy Van Hoy, ODL certification specialist

Certification Courses Registration

Librarian Certification Classes for Spring 2017 are now available for registration. See the complete list of classes. You can 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 use the ODL staff contact form to contact Cathy VanHoy or email the Librarian Certification division.


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.

See also Renewal Process and Form.


Questions? Contact the Librarian Certification Division on the Division Contact Form or contact Cathy VanHoy on the Staff Contact Form.  


Library Development Resources

Upcoming Events

  1. XYZs of iPhones & iPads: Intermediate Training for Librarians

    June 16 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  2. Archives and Records Commission Meeting

    July 20 @ 10:00 am
  3. ODL Board Meeting

    August 11 @ 10:00 am
  4. Archives and Records Commission Meeting

    October 19 @ 10:00 am
  5. ODL Board Meeting

    December 8 @ 10:00 am