Who Should Become Certified?

As our world changes all of us need to acquire and learn new skills that will help us move forward personally and professionally. Libraries are often seen as lifelong learning centers that encourage, support, and foster continued learning amongst community members. Library directors, staff, and trustees who also embrace learning are a part of this robust community. Taking continuing education courses is an important part of remaining skilled in the library profession. Certification is a way to receive recognition for individual commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning.

The Montana State Library Commission encourages library directors, staff, trustees, and support staff to participate in continuing education activities and to become certified. This leads to better service for the community and to an increase in skills or knowledge that benefits the library, the community, and the individual taking continuing education courses. Members of Friends and Foundations interested in certification are encouraged to explore the Trustee Track.

Certification is mandatory for:

  • All public library directors

Certification is voluntary for:

  • Library staff
  • Trustees
  • Others interested in libraries and wanting to pursue continuing education