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Public Library Board Certification and Continuing Education

The Public Library Board Certification program is designed to:

  • Improve board effectiveness
  • Increase board involvement
  • Improve library service
  • Fulfill library accreditation requirements

Each Nebraska public library board of trustees must participate, collectively, in twenty hours of continuing education (CE) during each three-year certification period.

Library board members can earn CE credits in any of the ways listed on this page. Report CE participation within ninety days of the event or activity. There is no cost for certification.

To review certification status - Nebraska Public Library Board Certification Status

To submit CE activity - Public Library Board Report of CE Activity

To apply for certification or update board members - Public Library Board Certification and Board Member Updates

Continuing Education Activities for Boards

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
 
  • Submit CE Form
  • List individual sessions for conferences and workshops separately.
Trustee Academy Courses
  • Each course = 1.0
Short Takes for Trustees
  • Each video = 0.5


Trustee Academy

Trustee Academy

The Trustee Academy comprises a set of six one-hour webinars from the American Library Association's United for Libraries (formerly known as ALTAFF).

Admission to the Trustee Academy courses has been prepaid by the Nebraska Library Commission for Nebraska Library Trustees and Directors. Contact Holli Duggan for your username and password.

Trustee Basics - Part I
This course covers the role of the trustee in the community, who speaks for the trustees, governing vs. advisory boards, holding effective board meetings (getting consensus, open meeting laws, parliamentary procedure, etc.), and board self-assessment. Led by Lynn Stainbrook, Director, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI
Trustee Basics - Part II
This course covers understanding and setting policy, understanding and supporting intellectual freedom and patron privacy, meeting state standards, trustee liability and fiduciary responsibilities, considering D&O insurance, and trustee ethics. Led by Lynn Stainbrook, Director, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI
Working Effectively with the Library Director
This course covers understanding and respecting the different roles, evaluating a library director's performance, and hiring a new library director. Led by Sally Gardner Reed, Executive Director, United for Libraries
The Library's Budget
This course covers learning and understanding how your library is funded, understanding how spending decisions are made and who is authorized to make them, understanding the library's financial reports, making powerful budget presentations, and developing auxiliary funding sources. Led by Christine Lind Hage, Public Library Association (PLA) Past President, Director, Rochester Hills Public Library, Greater Detroit Area
Advocating for Your Library
Sowing the ground with excellent public awareness and great service, how to design an advocacy campaign, collaborating with stakeholders such as Friends and patrons, and implementing the campaign. Led by Carol Brey-Casiano, ALA Past President, Information Resource Officer for the U.S. State Department, Former Director of El Paso Public Library System
Evaluating the Library Director
Understanding the importance of an annual evaluation of the library director, planning to evaluate, methods of evaluation, tools and other approaches, additional considerations, and avoiding common problems. After taking this course, you will feel empowered to take control of the director evaluation process and tailor it to your library situation. Led by Sarah Ann Long, ALA Past President, PLA Past President

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Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes
Admission to the Short Takes Videos has been prepaid by the Nebraska Library Commission for Nebraska Library Trustees and Directors.

These ten videos, also from United for Libraries, are intended for continuing education at board meetings. Each program is about ten minutes long. View the video and discuss the related Short Takes questions for fifteen minutes.

  • What It Means to Be a Trustee
  • Board Meetings
  • Board Ethics
  • Library Advocacy
  • Library Policies
  • Strategic Planning
  • Working with Friends
  • Evaluating the Library Director
  • Board Self Evaluation
  • Succession Planning and New Board Orientation

Login with the Nebraska username and password you have been given or contact Holli Duggan for your username and password.

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Short Web-based Video Series

Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries: “Getting On Board"
(0.25 CE credits each)

Orientation
Board Basics
Hiring and Managing Relationships
Planning and Meetings
Policies
PR and Marketing
Advocacy and Money Matters
Buildings

Wyoming State Library: Trustee Trouble"
(0.25 CE credits each)

Introduction
Membership
Orientation
Meetings
Board Director Relationships
Finances
Policies
Planning
Advocacy
Friends/Foundation Relationship
Self-Assessment
Evaluating the Library Board
Board Responsibilities

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Nebraska Library Commission Trustee Training

All About ALTAFF (2012)
An NCompass Live session presented by Sally Gardner Reed (48:00)

Trustee Tips (2009)
An NCompass Live session presented by Richard Miller (45:00)

What Nebraska Library Trustees Need to Know: Responsibilities and Obligations (2009)
Presented in Hastings, NE by Richard Miller (2:20:28)

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United for Libraries Training

The Nebraska Library Commission has prepaid for all Nebraska public library directors, members of Friends organizations, Foundation boards, and trustees to access educational resources offered by the American Library Association's United for Libraries. Contact Holli Duggan for the username and password.

Broadening the Scope of Small/Mid-Sized Library Foundations (2015)
"To learn more about how working with a library foundation can benefit your library, listen to this webinar featuring Paula Beswick, director of the Bozeman (Mont.) Library Foundation."

Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success (2013)
"Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL) shares the basics of government/legislative advocacy and 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding is presented."

Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees (2013)
"Led by United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed, learn tips and strategies for working effectively with your Trustees. Topics include orientation for new Trustees, understanding roles, meetings, emergencies, and effective communication."

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Webinars

Webinars from the Free Webinars list may be viewed at broadcast time, or most of them are archived and available after the initial broadcast.  Webinars are generally about an hour long.

*Discussion of webinars will not be accepted for additional CE credit. The Short Takes for Trustees videos are the only exceptions.

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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 the online record. To review your library board's record, go to Nebraska Public Library Board Certification Status. Participation in any CE activity must be reported within 90 days.

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

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How do I check the status of my library board?

To review your library board's record, check the Nebraska Public Library Board Certification Status page. Click on your library's name for details on the library board's current CE hours.

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What counts as a continuing education activity?

Activities must meet the following guidelines:

  • Organized and planned for the purpose of teaching, learning, or discussion of 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
  • Activities may be in-person with the instructor/speaker, via real-time remote means, or watched as a recorded webinar/video/podcast

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

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Can I earn CE credit for discussing webinars or videos?

CE credit for discussion can only be earned after viewing one of the Short Takes for Trustees videos and discussing the related Short Takes discussion questions during a board meeting. Each board member present will earn 0.25 CE credits per video and an additional 0.25 CE credits for fifteen minutes of discussion time.

Discussion of other webinars or events will not count for CE credit.

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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 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
  • Time spent traveling to or from an event

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For more information, contact Holli Duggan.