Public Librarian Basic Certification Classes

From the Institute for Public Librarianship

 


| Current Trends and Legislation

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the development of Oklahoma libraries
  • legislation
  • State Aid Rules, Levels of Library Development, Oklahoma Department of Libraries
  • application of local, state and federal legal requirements that affect libraries — e.g. State Aid Rules, LSTA, open meetings, confidentiality, copyright, Americans with Disabilities Act, workplace safety and universal service
  • standard performance measures used in Oklahoma public libraries and their significance in marketing and planning
  • the programs, services and value of professional library associations
  • state/national issues, laws/trends currently affecting Oklahoma’s public libraries

Scheduled classes will be posted here as they become available.


| Services for Youth 

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the stages of childhood and adolescent development
  • ethical issues involved in reference service, including confidentiality, objectivity and limitations on interpreting information provided to youth
  • effective reference interview skills, including the analysis of requests and the design of search strategies
  • techniques to establish a welcoming atmosphere and actively encourage children’s and young adults’ participation in library programs and resources
  • the skills needed to fulfill information requests through access to the general collection, digital and community resources, and other libraries and agencies
  • the characteristics of basic types of reference tools

Scheduled classes will be posted here as they become available.


| Interpersonal Skills 

Upon completing this class, students will have 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 (using Oklahoma examples)
  • practical techniques for dealing with problem customers

Scheduled classes will be posted here as they become available.


| Computers and Electronic Resources 

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • standard components of a technology plan and internet use policies
  • computer terminology and the latest in library technology
  • techniques for effective file management and retrieval of computer-based data
  • basic searching skills to find information on the world wide web and the statewide databases
  • resources available to libraries through the statewide databases
  • social networking

Scheduled classes will be posted here as they become available.