Which Continuing Education Category Is Right?

Montana State Library staff will continue to assist in determining the appropriate continuing education category for approved training events. Below is a sample of some common training topics and the continuing education category assigned in the certification program.

Certification program participants may find these charts helpful in assigning CE categories to events attended. Your supervisor will help with the number of credits and CE category. If uncertain of the category please contact the State Library for assistance.

Library Administration

Library law

Library policies

Friends and Foundations

Budgeting and finance

Policy development

Long range planning

Human resources

Board and staff development

Interpersonal relationships

Time management


Assessing community needs

Grant writing


Library Services to the Public

Early literacy programs

Programming for the community

Customer service

Book clubs

Developing research skills

Information services

Outreach activities


Book challenges



Collection Management and Technical Services

Materials selection and processing

Collection development and policies

Organizing the collection

Caring for the collection

Book repair

Cataloging materials

Maintaining the library catalog

MARC, Dublin Core, FRBR standards

Selecting/managing electronic resources

Selecting/evaluating subject specialties for the library collection


Using or creating databases

Using OCLC tools

Computer repair and/or troubleshooting

Computer networking

Library-related software

Digitization projects

Library automation

Building/maintaining a library web page

Technology plans

Trends in library technology