Spring 2018 – Certification Classes

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Institute of Public Librarianship

Registration Opens for Librarian Certification Courses


See class offerings below or download the PDF for the Spring 2018 Schedule.

The Spring 2018 Institute in Public Librarianship classes are now available for registration. All registrations will be processed online using Eventbrite. Register for each class by clicking on the link for the particular class you want to attend (see below). 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. *Note: due to computer lab availability, limited space is available for each class. No extra spaces can be allotted.

If any classes are full, you will be able to place your name on a waiting list if you register with an email address.

If you have any questions, contact Wendy Gabrielson via email or at 405.522.3322

Interpersonal Skills

Upon completing this class, students will have the knowledge of:

  • The importance of good interpersonal communication skills and how those skills are practiced in libraries
  • Leadership skills of use to librarians
  • Concepts of effective customer service
  • The imiportance of community involvement by staff & outreach services by librareis
  • Practical techniques for dealiing with problem customers
  • Factors to consider when planning for and dealing with emergency situations

April 10, Stilwell

April 11, Blanchard

April 12, Durant

April 17, Woodward


Youth Services

Upon completing this class, students will have the knowledge of:

  • the stages of childhood & adolescent development
  • ethical issues involved in reference service, confidentiality, objectivity and limitations on interpreting information
  • efective reference interview skills
  • techniques to establish a welcoming atmosphere and actively encourage children’s and young adult participation in library programs and resources
  • knowledge of information resources
  • effetive reader’s advisory tools tailored to children and youth
  • develoment of children and youth collections
  • the use of programs to stimulate reading skills and the use of programs based on community need
  • program resources locally and statewide
  • techniques for marketing library services
  • developing relationships between library and public school to enhance services

April 18, Yale

April 19, Enid

May 1, Atoka

May 2, Clinton


Computers & Electronic Resources

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • Standard components of technology plan and internet use policies
  • Computer terminology and the latest in library technology
  • Techniques for effective file management
  • Basic searching skills/strategies to find information on the world wide web
  • Intro to, use of and research methods for statewide databases
  • Social Networking

May 8, Stillwater

May 9, Muskogee

May 10, Ada

May 15, ODL

May 17, ODL

May 30, Tahlequah

May 31, Durant



Current Trends in Legislation

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • The development of libraries in Oklahoma, including laws and governance
  • State aid
  • Local, state, and federal legal requirements: state aid, LSTA, open meetings, confidentiality, copyright, ADA, workplace safety
  • Programs, services, and value of professional library associations
  • State/national issues, laws, trends, guidlines that affect Oklahoma libraries
  • The future of libraries, technology and current trends

May 16, Watonga

May 22, Tahlequah

May 23, Chickasha

May 24, McAlester


Find out more about Librarian Certification.

Questions? Contact Librarian Certification on the Division Contact Form.


Library Development Resources

Upcoming Events

  1. Oklahoma Archives and Records Commission

    July 19 @ 10:00 am
  2. Oklahoma Library Association | Legislative Committee

    August 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Public Library Directors Council

    August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  4. ODL Board Meeting

    August 10 @ 10:00 am
  5. Oklahoma Library Association | Legislative Committee

    September 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm