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Library Director Continuing Education & Certification Renewal

Necessary Forms for Library Director Certification Renewal

Continuing Education Requirement for Certification Renewal

The following is a brief description of Continuing Education categories and requirements. To submit a completed application for certification renewal, please follow the instructions found on the Public Library Director Certification homepage.

For specific details regarding Continuing Education, please refer to the Certification Manual for Wisconsin Public Library Directors.

Continuing Education Categories

Eligible continuing education activities fall into three categories. At least 70 of the 100 contact hours required for certification renewal must be earned in categories A and B. No more than 30 of the 100 contact hours required for certification renewal can be earned in category C. At least 10 contact hours required for certification renewal must be technology-related.

Category A: For-Credit Continuing Education Activities

This category includes all continuing education courses for which academic credit is awarded by a college or university approved by an accrediting association of more than statewide standing. In addition, non-credit courses offered by the UW- Madison iSchool and others, as determined by the Division for Libraries and Technology to be equivalent to courses offered for academic credit, may be included in this category. Contact hours earned in Category A must be submitted with formal documentation (certificate or transcript) from the school.

Category B: Noncredit Continuing Education Activities

This category includes activities for which no academic credit is awarded but which are planned continuing education activities on specific topics offered by agencies, organizations and professional associations, and are planned, coordinated, administered, and evaluated in terms of learning objectives.

Participants in activities in Category B must document their participation by submitting a Continuing Education Activity Report form to the public library system CE validator that includes the content provider, title and description of program, date(s), location, and number of contact hours. Category B includes activities such as:

  • New Library Director Boot Camp

  • Workshops, seminars, institutes, lectures

  • State or national library association programs

  • Leadership role (chair) in a professional library association (e.g. WLA, WAPL, ALA, etc.)

  • Leadership program intended to enhance the library profession (Youth Services Institute)

Category C: Self-Directed Continuing Education Activities

This category includes self-directed continuing education activities for which no academic credit or equivalencies are awarded and which are not planned continuing education activities on specific topics offered by agencies, organizations and professional associations.

The number of contact hours to be awarded for activities in this category will be made by the applicant’s public library system CE validator, based on actual hours of continuing education activities, but not to exceed 10 contact hours awarded per learning activity (each bulleted item below signifies a single learning activity). Applicants are advised to consult with the system CE validator prior to participation in a self-directed learning activity, particularly if they aren’t sure whether an activity qualifies. A Continuing Education Activity Report form that details the activity must be submitted to the system CE validator to obtain credit for the activity.

Examples of learning activities that may qualify if the above conditions are met:

  • Instruction (courses, workshops, seminars, presentations, poster sessions, conferences, programs) given to information, library, or media-related groups.

  • Participation in professional library association activities of a significant nature, such as serving as chair or member of a major committee or as an officer in the association (e.g., serving on the WLA literary awards committee or as president)

  • Exchange-of-position programs (learning in another library for a specified period).

  • Internships for which no academic credit is awarded.

  • One-on-one instruction received.

  • Publications authored (a book or a chapter thereof, a paper, or an article), published in the library/media-related field and read primarily by those in the profession.

  • Steering Committee, Work Group, Conference Planning activities of a significant nature (“… not to exceed 10 hours per learning activity.”)

Webinars: Category B or C?

Webinars are learning activities; however, they must be planned, coordinated, administered, and evaluated in terms of learning objectives to be eligible for continuing education credit. They must be related to career advancement in the library profession. When in doubt, consult the public library system CE validator.

If a public library system sponsors or co-sponsors a webinar and participants are given the opportunity to chat/discuss/email with each other or with the instructor, that is considered a Category B activity. The important element to remember about webinars asking yourself:

  • Is the activity designed to keep the director abreast of new knowledge and developments within the library field?

  • Does the activity enhance job competence or lead to a specialization in a new area of librarianship?

Category B webinars can be Synchronous or Asynchronous. Synchronous learning refers to a group of people learning the same things at the same time during which there could be chat or interaction with the instructor. Asynchronous learning is online learning, part of which is done when an individual has time and part involves live chat, email or some other form of communication with the instructor and/or the other students. A recorded webinar, without the opportunity for interaction or participation of any kind, is recorded as category C.

 

Technology Activities Suitable for Certification Requirements

At least 10 hours of the 100 continuing education hours required for regular certification renewal must be technology related. Technology-related learning activities are planned, coordinated, administered, and evaluated in terms of learning objectives. A qualifying technology-related activity may fall into any one of the three categories as a distinct activity or it may be included as a component of a course, workshop, or program. Directors are advised to consult with the public library system CE validator prior to participation in a self-directed learning activity, particularly if they are not sure whether an activity qualifies. Among the learning activities that may qualify if they meet the above conditions are:

  • Training on newly-installed modules or major upgrades of an automated integrated library system (ILS)

  • Application training in the redesign of websites

Activities that Do Not Count as Continuing Education

Learning activities for which no academic credit is given and which are not 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 do not qualify as continuing education activities for purposes of public librarian certification renewal. Among the activities not likely to meet those criteria are the following:

  • Business, committee, planning, and advisory meetings at the local library, system or state level

  • Training on regular library operations or procedures

  • Program planning meetings

  • Regular staff meetings

  • Preparation of internal manuals and guides or other internal documents

  • Professional association activities which are routine in nature (e.g., serving on the WLA elections committee)

  • Published reviews of books not in the field of library science and not related to librarianship

  • Reading professional journals

 

CEUs, Contact Hours, and Credits

CEU, or Continuing Education Unit, is a nationally recognized unit for professional continuing education. One CEU is equivalent to 10 contact hours.

Contact Hour is 60 minutes of continuous participation in a learning activity. Public library director certification continuing education activities are reported in contact hours.

Credit – Applicants for initial certification must have the educational requirements for the applicable grade level of library for which they are applying (e.g. Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies, bachelor’s degree, or 54 semester credits).

 

Continuing Education Activities Contact Hours Chart:

Category Type of Activity Unit of Measure  Contact Hours*

A

At least 70 contact hours must be
earned in categories A and B.

Credit Continuing Education Activities
(Require formal documentation from
sponsoring agency)

Academic Courses

Semester Credit
Trimester Credit
Quarter Credit

Approved Credit
Equivalency Courses


 

 




1 credit
1 credit
1 credit

60 minutes


 

 




15
14
10

1

B


At least 70 contact hours must be
earned in categories A and B.

Noncredit Continuing Education Activities
Require written summaries)


Workshops, Seminars, Institutes, Lecture Series,
Technology Training
State or National Library Association
Conferences

 


Semester Audit
Trimester Audit
Quarter Audit

 

 

60 minutes

 

1 day
1/2 day


Equivalent

1 credit 
1 credit 
1 credit 

 

 

1


6
3




15
14
10

C

No more than 30 contact hours,
not to exceed 10 per learning
activity, from category C can be applied to certification 
renewal requirements
Self-Directed Continuing Education Activities

 

Other Learning Experiences

 



60 minutes

 



1

*A portion or all of the contact hours may be technology-related for purposes of certification renewal.

 

For questions about this information, contact Shannon Schultz (608) 266-7270