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Cataloging Certificate Program

The Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Certificate Program encourages technical services library staff from all types of libraries to learn more about cataloging and improve their skills through a series of workshops. Two levels of Certificates are available: Basic and Advanced. These Certificates show current and future employees that you have practical and up-to-date skills in technical services.

The Cataloging Certificate Program does not replace the Public Librarian Certification Program but is a separate program to recognize staff from all library types for continuing education in cataloging skills. However, all workshops may also be applied to Continuing Education hours.


Types of Certificates

Basic: All participants are required to complete the Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records workshop plus four additional workshops from the approved list below. The workshops must be completed within a three-year timeframe starting after May 2007.

Advanced: All participants are required to obtain the Basic Certificate and then complete four additional workshops from the approved list below. The four workshops must be completed within a three-year timeframe.


Please print and complete the application form, then send it by mail or fax to the attention of Allison Badger.

Fax to: 402-471-2083
Mail to:

Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE  68508-2023


If you have questions about the program, the application form or workshop schedules, please contact Allison Badger, 402-471-4031, (800)307-2665, or email.


These lists may be updated as new topics develop. Register for these classes through the NLC Training and Events Calendar.

Required workshop:  
Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records May 4-June 15, 2017 (Online)
Offered as a two-day in-person workshop or
  as a seven-week online workshop
Optional workshops offered on a regular basis:
Advanced Serials Cataloging  
Assigning Library of Congress Call Numbers  
Assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings  
Authority Control July 24 - August 28, 2017 (Online)
Basic Serials Cataloging March 17-April 18, 2014 (Online)
Cataloging Electronic Monographs  
Cataloging Monographs Fall 2017, Dates to Be Announced (Online)
Cataloging Sound Recordings  
Cataloging Video Recordings November 8 - December 20, 2016 (Online)
Monographic Copy Cataloging  
Dewey Decimal Classification July 8, 15, 22, 2014 (Online)
Introduction to Technical Services  
RDA Revisited September 19, 2014 (Bellevue) and September 23, 2014 (Hastings)


Optional workshops offered infrequently:  
Cataloging Archives and Manuscripts  
Cataloging Cultural Objects  
Cataloging Maps  
Cataloging Rare Books  
Cataloging Three Dimensional Artifacts and Realia  
Introduction to Metadata  
XML: An Introduction
Introduction to MarcEdit February 27, 2015 (Bellevue)