Basic Skills for Nebraska Librarians Courses
One of the requirements for Public Librarian Certification
training in the basic skills of librarianship. This requirement may
be fulfilled by completion of formal education in an institution of higher
learning or completion of approved continuing education or certification
courses, including the Nebraska Library Basic Skills Training Courses.
Basic Skills training is presented as a series of online asynchronous
courses through NCampus
. Basic Skills participants are required to complete at least thirteen modules
requisite modules and seven electives. These must be completed during the provisional (first)
three-year certification period.
For each course successfully completed, participants will earn 2 CE credits. These count toward the 45
CE credits that all participants must earn during each three-year
(take all 6)
||A library may offer more
than its collection, but without the collection, is it a library?
The Community and The Library
||Knowing and understanding the community is key to being able to
provide the library collections and library services that the community
wants and needs.
||Communications has been named the most important skill for library directors.
In this class, we will cover general communications skills as well as some
specialized forms of communications such as community relations, advocacy
||Customer Service is a library's product. This course will cover
some of the principles of customer service, and introduce practice of customer
service through various means. Participants will read materials, discuss
issues, and complete exercises.
Intellectual Freedom and the Core Values of Librarianship
||The values of librarianship not only reflect cherished beliefs, they
help to determine the daily workings of libraries.
Organization of Materials
||When you've completed this course, you should be able to determine
how a library collection is organized and why it is organized that way.
You should be able to assign appropriate subject headings to an item from
the Sears List of Subject Headings, and you should be able to construct
a classification number for an item. You should understand what a
MARC record is and how MARC records are used in your library's catalog.
You should understand what a library automation system does. And finally
you should have a general knowledge of developments in cataloging.
||What is involved in leadership? How does a library director lead?
How do I personally lead? In this course, the class will explore these
questions, and begin to assemble the tools necessary to become a library (and community) leader.
||In this course we'll cover the library budget, capital expenditures,
library foundations, fundraising, and purchasing.
||In this course we will explore how libraries are governed, how library
boards work, and what sort of rules--within and without the library--help keep the library running smoothly.
||Policies let everyone--staff, administration, and users--know what to
expect and what is expected of them. They guide decision-making and they
insure equal and fair treatment for all.
Library Services to Children and Youth
||Discover and share ideas that will bring families, children and
teensâ€¦ and learn about why such services are important to your library and your community.
||Libraries offer human services; but many of
those services are involved with or assisted by computer technology. This class covers how to keep that technology
working smoothly and serving the purposes for which it was intended.
Management & Supervision
||The most important asset in a library is the staff. In this course,
we'll cover how a library director manages and supervises.
Programming and Outreach
||Libraries can encourage reading and library use, as well as offering
information and entertainment to customers, through programming. Sometimes
libraries need to take programs outside the walls of the library building in order to reach customers.
||Hooking up a reader and a good book--the right book--is both art and
science. Sharing books with readers is a satisfying process for the librarian and one that readers deeply appreciate.
||Participants will develop skills in assisting
library users to find information, in searching, and in assessing and using information resources.
Basic Skills courses are open
Nebraska residents or those who are employed by a Nebraska library.
Register for Basic Skills courses through the
NLC Training and Events
Basic Skills Planner
Schedule of Basic Skills Courses
For further information, contact Holli Duggan, Continuing Education Coordinator by e-mail, or by phone, at 402-471-2694 or 800-307-2665.