Earning Continuing Education Credits
for Nebraska Public Librarian
Continuing education credit is earned for participation in planned learning
experiences designed to bring about changes in knowledge, skills, or
attitudes which contribute directly to delivery of quality library services
and competent practice of librarianship.
During each three-year certification period you need to accrue at least
45 C.E. credits to be recertified at the end of the period. Once you are recertified, all of the C.E. credits that you have
earned in the previous certification period will be counted toward that
previous period. No C.E. credits may be transferred to a subsequent certification period.
We generally count contact hours.
46 to 74 minutes of instruction = 1 contact hour, or 1 C.E. credit hour
- 1 CEU, Continuing Education Unit (found in some professional continuing education) = 10 contact hours
- Attendance at learning activities that are presented jointly with recreational activities
or with business meetings will earn credits only for
the learning portion of the program.
- If you aren't sure whether an activity would qualify for continuing education credit, check with
Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission Continuing
Education Coordinator, before the event.
To obtain credit:
If an activity is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission or one of
the Nebraska Regional Library Systems, then your attendance will be reported
to the NLC Continuing Education Coordinator so the credits you've
earned can be recorded.
Otherwise, we have no way of knowing you've participated in something unless
you tell us. The best way to do that is by submitting a
C.E. Activity Report. You can check your
C.E. record any time to make sure that credits have been recorded.
Just go to the
C.E. Record Review. Participation in a C.E. activity should be reported within 90 days.
Ways to Earn C.E. Credits
There are many ways to earn continuing education credit for Public
Attending continuing education activities:
The learning activities for which librarians most often earn C.E. credits
are workshops, seminars, institutes, conferences, and lectures, either face
to face with the instructor or via real-time remote means, where no academic
credit is given. These activities should be:
- aimed at an adult audience.
- related directly to the participants' jobs in the library (although
they need not be strictly library-centric.)
- organized and preplanned for the purpose of
- offered by or under the auspices of a reputable agency,
organization, or institution.
- be at least 20 minutes long.
Attending teleconferences and webinars:
Library staff can earn continuing education credits for attending
teleconferences and webinars.
Viewing video recordings:
Library staffers can earn continuing education credits for viewing video
recordings of library-related continuing education programs. Each recording
must be at least 20 minutes long. If you view several videos, their lengths
are not added together; each is counted separately. (This works to your advantage.)
The Nebraska Library Commission has video recordings available for
Many of them are listed at
Videos Available from the Nebraska Library Commission
Taking an academic course:
Courses for which academic credit is awarded by an accredited college or
university, which can be used toward a degree or for continuing education
purposes, are eligible for continuing education credit. These courses must
keep librarians abreast of new knowledge and developments within their
field, update their basic library-oriented education, enhance their job
competence, or lead to specialization in a new area of librarianship.
In order to determine continuing education credit:
1 semester hour of college credit = 15 continuing education credits
1 quarter hour of college credit = 10 continuing education credits
1 CEU credit = 10 hours of continuing education credits
NOTE: No more than 20 credits earned through taking academic courses may
be counted toward the 45 credits required for recertification.
Teaching a professional course:
Serving as an instructor for training, courses, workshops, seminars,
presentations or conferences for library or library-related communities will
earn continuing education credit. Credit hours are given at the rate of 2X
the number of hours of the actual instruction and may be used only once for
each class, regardless of how many times it is taught.
For example, if you teach a 3 credit-hour workshop, you are eligible for 6
continuing education credits. You would be limited to just 6 hours
regardless of how many times you taught this particular workshop. Maximum
number of hours received per class is 10.
Before the class, send a note that you will be teaching to
Laura. This should tell:
- The title of the class
- The date(s), time(s), and place(s) of the class
- Under whose auspices you are teaching
- The goals or objectives of the class
After the class, send the roster of all who attended the class.
Professional association leadership activities:
Participating in professional library association activities at a leadership
level, such as serving as president of the Nebraska Library Association, or
chair of a section, is eligible for continuing education credit. Comparable
positions with national associations would also qualify.
NOTE: No more than 10 of the 45 C.E. credits required for recertification
may be earned by through professional association activities in any
To obtain credit:
Send a written note to
Laura. This should include:
The name of the organization
- Your position
- The date(s) of your service
Writing for a publication:
You may receive continuing education credit by writing on a library
science-related topic for a book or a chapter thereof, a paper, or an article. A book must be published by a
recognized publisher. An article or paper must be published in a
publication in the library/information science field and read primarily by
those in the profession. Articles written for a library's newsletter are not
eligible to earn credit. The
maximum number of hours received per published piece is 10.
To obtain credit:
Send a written note to
Laura. This should give:
- The title of your article/paper/book
- The publisher and/or journal title, volume, date, and page numbers
You may earn credits by reading articles from professional journals and writing
summaries of them. Each article read, summarized and reported is worth .5
To report your reading, send an email to
Laura. Either put in the body of the email, or attach a file
- A complete bibliographic citation for each article. (If you retrieve
an article from Wilson Omnifile via NebraskAccess, it will give you a
complete citation. In "Record View" click on "cite", on the right side of
the screen just below the blue rule.)
- A sentence explaining why you chose to read this particular article.
- A paragraph or two summarizing the article. Please don't just describe
the article, for example: "The author discussed three strategies for
improving customer service," but summarize, for
example "The author lists three strategies for improving customer service:
1. Acknowledging each customer (saying hello); 2. Offering help (proactive
service) and 3. Follow-up."
- A paragraph telling how the information in the article will affect how
you do your job in the library, or will affect your attitude toward your
Each article must be from a library science professional journal and be over
two complete pages long. Some journals are: Library Journal, School
Library Journal, Computers in Libraries, Library Resources &
Technical Services: there are many more. Articles from newspapers or
general interest periodicals are not eligible, even if the subject of an article
Not all activities are eligible for Continuing Education Credit.
Activities Ineligible for Continuing Education Credit:
To be considered a learning activity for the purposes of continuing
education credit, an activity must be planned, coordinated, administered,
and evaluated in terms of learning objectives, and designed to keep
librarians abreast of new knowledge and developments within their field,
update their basic library oriented education, enhance their job competence,
or lead to specialization in a new area of librarianship. Among the
activities not likely to meet these criteria are:
- Staff, business, committee, planning, or advisory meetings
Training on regular library operations, procedures or general office
equipment, such as training in routine use of the local automated system or
a photocopier. Training that is not routine, such as when a library
automates for the first time or installs a new automated system may qualify
Training and orientation of new staff or a new position, or of volunteers
Updating current internal manuals and guides or other internal documents
Professional association activities which are routine in nature (e.g.,
serving on the NLA nominating committee)
Training on topics not related to library work or directly related to a job
in the library. General
work-related topics such as stress reduction or retirement planning are
If you aren't sure whether an activity qualifies for credit, please contact
Continuing Education Coordinator, before the event.