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Earning Continuing Education Credits for Nebraska Public Librarian Certification

Continuing education (CE) credit is earned for participation in planned learning experiences designed to bring about changes in knowledge, skills, or attitudes which contribute directly to the delivery of quality library services and competent practice of librarianship.

During each three-year certification period, 45 CE credits must be accumulated in order to be recertified. No CE credits may be transferred to a subsequent certification period.

Guidelines

CE Activities
(online or in-person)
CE Credits Notes Requirements
Webinars
Workshops
Seminars
Lectures
Conferences
  • 20-44 minutes = 0.5
  • 45-89 minutes = 1.0
  • must be a minimum of twenty minutes
  • Submit CE Form
  • List individual sessions for conferences and workshops separately.
Academic Courses
(for college credit)
  • Semester = 15
  • Quarter = 10
  • no more than 20 CE credits per certification period
Online Courses
(not for college credit)

Teaching
Leadership Activities
Publishing
Professional Reading

*Note: Not all activities are eligible for CE credit. If you aren't sure whether an activity would qualify for continuing education credit, check with Holli Duggan in advance.

FAQ

How do I submit an activity or an event for CE credit?

Submit a CE Activity Report. Please allow ten business days for credit to be reflected on your online record. To review your record, go to the CE Record Review. Participation in any CE activity must be reported within 90 days.

If an activity is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission or by one of the Nebraska Regional Library Systems, your attendance will be reported to Linda Babcock so that the credits you've earned can be recorded.

Not all activities are eligible for CE credit. If you aren't sure whether an activity or event would qualify, contact Holli Duggan, in advance.

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What counts as a continuing education activity?

The learning activities for which librarians earn CE credits are professional development workshops, seminars, institutes, conferences, and lectures where no academic credit is given. Activities may be in-person with the instructor/speaker, via real-time remote means, or watched as a recorded webinar/video/podcast.

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How do I know if it counts?

Activities must meet the following guidelines:

  • Organized and planned for the purpose of teaching or learning about library-related topics
  • Sponsored by a reputable agency, organization, or institution
  • At least twenty minutes long (exception for the United for Libraries' Short Takes for Trustees videos)

Not all activities are eligible for CE credit. If you aren't sure whether an activity or event would qualify, contact Holli Duggan, in advance.

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How do I check my CE hours?

To review your record and CE hours, go to the CE Record Review. Log in using your first name, last name, and password. If you don't have a password, please contact Linda Babcock or click here for CE Password Reminder.

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Do college/academic courses count?

Yes. Courses for which academic credit is awarded by an accredited college or university are eligible for CE credit. These courses must:

  • Keep librarians abreast of new knowledge and developments within their field
  • Update basic library education
  • Enhance their job competence (or)
  • Lead to a specialization in a new area of librarianship

To obtain credit, email a copy of your transcript and course syllabus to Linda Babcock.

*No more than 20 CE credits earned through academic coursework may be counted towards the 45 CE credit total required for each recertification period.

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Do online or non-academic courses count?

Non-academic or online courses may count for CE credit. These courses will be evaluated on an individual basis. Examples include courses taken from Khan Academy, Lynda.com, Gale online courses, or Codecademy.

Contact Holli Duggan or Linda Babcock, in advance. Proof of completion may be requested.

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Can I get credit for teaching or presenting?

Yes. Serving as an instructor for training, courses, workshops, seminars, presentations, or conferences for library or library-related communities will earn CE credit. Credit hours are given at the rate of two times the number of hours and may be used only once for each class, regardless of how many times it's taught.

Example: If you teach a three-hour workshop, you're eligible for six CE credits. You would be limited to just six hours regardless of how many times you taught that particular workshop. The maximum number of hours received per class taught or presentation is ten CE credits.

Report teaching or presenting on the CE Activity Report and indicate that you taught or presented.

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Can I get credit for participating in a professional association (NLA, MPLA, ALA, etc.)?

Participation in state, regional, or national library association activities at a leadership level, such as serving as president or as section chair, is eligible for CE credit. Routine professional association activities, such as serving on a committee or attending business meetings, don't count for CE credits.

To obtain credit, email Linda Babcock and include:

  • Name of the organization
  • Leadership position held
  • Short summary of your duties
  • Dates of service

*10 of the 45 CE credits required in a single recertification period may be earned through professional association leadership activities.

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If I get published, does that count?

Publishing an article, paper, chapter, or a book on a library science-related topic is eligible for CE credit. Articles written for a library's newsletter are not eligible to earn credit.

  • Books must be published by a recognized publisher.
  • Articles or papers must appear in a publication in the field of library or information science.
  • Articles published in the online Nebraska Libraries practitioner journal are eligible for CE credit.

To obtain credit, email Linda Babcock with a complete citation for your work.

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What about reading an article or a book?

Reading articles from professional journals is eligible for CE credits. Each article read, summarized, and reported is worth 0.5 CE credits. Each article must be from a professional library journal and be more than two pages in length. Articles from newspapers or general interest periodicals are not eligible, even if the subject of an article is library-related.

Books eligible for credit must be:

  • Non-fiction
  • Directly related to the field of library science
  • Published within the last five years

To obtain credit, email Linda Babcock and include:

  • Complete bibliographic citation
  • Why you chose to read this particular article or book
  • Summary of the article or book
  • How the information will affect your library work

*CE credits for reading a book depend on the number of pages. No more than 4 CE credits may be earned per title.

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What activities are not eligible for CE credit?

  • Staff, business, committee, planning, or advisory meetings
  • Social or networking events
  • Training and orientation of volunteers, new staff, or for a new position
  • Updating current internal manuals, documents, or guides
  • Routine professional association activities
  • General work-related training topics, such as stress reduction or retirement planning
  • Training on regular library operations, procedures, or general office equipment

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For more information, contact Holli Duggan.