Public Library Academy

The Fall 2019 Public Library Academy classes are now available for registration.


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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 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:

  • Karl Siewert Ford
    Northeastern State University
  • Misty Crider
    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.


Upcoming Events

  1. Oklahoma Caregiving Education Program

    October 17 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  2. How To Think Like A Librarian, Weatherford

    October 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
  3. Summer Reading Workshop – Altus

    October 21 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  4. Summer Reading Workshop – Hardesty

    October 22 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  5. Public Library Administration, ODL

    October 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm