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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.

Some workshops will be offered online as well as in person. For online workshops to count toward the Certificate, they must be attended live.

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.

*Two exceptions: staff who took the Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records or Dewey Decimal Classification workshops live online or in-person with Devra Dragos or Sharon Mason in 2005, 2006, or 2007 will automatically receive credit if participating in the Certificate program.

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 Devra Dragos.

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 Devra Dragos, 471-4031, (800)307-2665, or email.


These lists may be updated as new topics develop.

Required workshop:  
Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records January 7-February 25, 2014 (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 August 14, 2008 (Lincoln)
Assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings May 2-June 5, 2011 (Online)
Authority Control October 27-December 5, 2014 (Online)
Basic Serials Cataloging March 17-April 18, 2014 (Online)
Cataloging Electronic Monographs August 10, 2010 (Lincoln and Online)
Cataloging Monographs  
Cataloging Sound Recordings  
Cataloging Video Recordings January 9-February 10, 2012 (Online)
Monographic Copy Cataloging July 18, 2008 (Lincoln)
Sept. 19, 2008 (North Platte)
Dewey Decimal Classification July 8, 15, 22, 2014 (Online)
Introduction to Technical Services November 20, 2009 (Lincoln)
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 April 8, 2010 (Lincoln)
Introduction to Metadata March 8, 2012 (Omaha)
XML: An Introduction
Introduction to MarcEdit February 27, 2015 (Bellevue)

For more information, contact Devra Dragos.