Certification Program for Kentucky Public Libraries
The Kentucky State Board for the Certification of Librarians, created by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1938, is required by KRS 171.250 to issue certificates to qualified library staff. Under the terms of KRS 171.260, public libraries in Kentucky are required to be administered and staffed by appropriately certified personnel. The Certification Board believes that library staff must increase their skills and knowledge through continuing education in order to keep abreast of developments in the information age. This, in turn, upgrades the library profession, enriches the individual librarian, and promotes quality library service. Thus, the goals of this certification program are:
to improve library service throughout the state;
to motivate public librarians to acquire, maintain, and develop their skills through basic and continuing education;
to recognize public librarians who, on a continuing basis, update their knowledge and skills in order to provide better library service to their patrons;
to improve the public image of librarians and libraries;
to provide guidelines for public library boards and supervisors to use in selecting and retaining personnel; and
to aid in structuring library educational programs to better meet the educational needs of librarians.
The 2010 Certification Manual
Frequently Asked Questions About Librarian Certification
Types and Requirements for Certification
Annual Summation Schedule -- Due Date, by Region
Certification Applications and Forms
Annual Summation Paperwork -- What needs to be turned in? How much information is needed?
Certification Board Members
If you have other questions regarding the Kentucky public librarian certification program, contact continuing education staff by email at KDLA.Certification@ky.gov or by phone at 502-564-8325.
Information Updated: 1/28/2015