The Montana State Library offers a certification program and a variety of continuing education and training opportunities for Montana librarians, library staff, and trustees.

The  Montana Library Certification Program was established to promote continuing education and to recognize librarians and trustees who continue to expand their knowledge and skills to provide improved services for patrons and communities. Public library directors must be certified in order for the library to meet the current standards and receive state aid. Certification is voluntary for all other librarians and trustees.

Login to ASPeN to access the Continuing Education (CE) system to keep track of your continuing education credits and to apply for certification. 

CE events are added

  1. automatically if you register for an event within ASPeN
  2. added from the continuing education list in ASPeN
  3. input as an independent learning event

Once you have the requisite number of credits, you can submit your certification record through ASPeN.  A supervisor will be contacted to verify your certification record after the MSL CE Coordinator reviews the submission.

Access ASPeN Help for more information.

Great sites for FREE on-demand learning for librarians.  Unique logins or accounts may be required.

Directors, Staff, and Trustee Opportunities

Library Directors

Library Staff


  • WebJunction - hot topics in library land from OCLC. Courses, webinars, newsletters, and more!
  • TechSoup - webinars in a wide variety of topics.
  • ABLE & SABLE - self-paced library basics from the Idaho Commission for Libraries. 
  • OCLC - Training - get training on basic copy cataloging, interlibrary loan, how to share and obtain resources from libraries across the globe. 
  • WebJunction's Public Library Directors 101 - a self-paced 4-part course that serves as an introduction to the essentials of being the top executive at a public library in America.  Need-to-know information for the library director's first week on the job.
  • InfoPeople  Training formats include 2-6 week asynchronous online courses, as well as free one-hour webinars.



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Task Force

  • Jennifer Ball, Stillwater County Library Director
  • Colet Bartow, Continuing Education Coordinator, Montana State Library
  • Carmen Clark, Bozeman Public Library Staff
  • Miranda Evenson, Sidney-Richland County Library Staff
  • Pam Henley, Statewide Consulting Librarian, Montana State Library
  • David Ingram, ImagineIF Libraries Trustee
  • Tina Peterson, Harlowton Public Library Director
  • Robyn Scribner, Montana State Library Commission Member

The task force members are charged with the following:

1.    Participate fully in the activities of the task force as a representative of library sizes, types, geographic location, and staff roles
2.    Review and consider continuing education needs and priorities as identified by MSL Core Services Committees and the Network Advisory Council
3.    Review and consider continuing education needs and priorities as identified by public library trustees, directors, and staff
4.    Understand the 2022 Public Library Standards and changes to CE requirements
5.    Evaluate the current Goals for the CE Program and make recommendations for changes to the MSL Commission
6.    Evaluate the current Continuing Education (CE) program requirements and make recommendations for changes to the MSL Commission

ASPeN Committee Page – all committee information, including meeting details and materials can be located from this convenient page.