Volume 29, Number 1, Spring 2007

Western Council Seeks Providers for Library Practioner Certificate Program

The Western Council of State Libraries (WCSL) is pleased to announce the Library Practitioner Certificate Program.

WCSL received an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to improve the quality of public library services to communities served by library practitioners, defined as library directors without a master’s degree in library science. As part of this project, WCSL developed this innovative certification program.

The purpose of the certificate program is to enable library practitioners to:

  • improve their vocational education and development;
  • improve career and mobility opportunities; and
  • demonstrate to employers and communities that they have acquired skills and knowledge recognized by a professional association.
To ensure that certificate applicants receive high quality education, WCSL will approve education providers who demonstrate competence, experience, and dedication to providing high quality education opportunities.

Visit the Web site for information about the program. Regional networks, four-year colleges and universities, two-year colleges, and individual trainers can apply to become approved education providers by completing the application available on the Web site and paying a fee. An approved provider may use the designation of “Western Council Approved Provider” and the program’s logo on any promotional material. WCSL will also provide a link to the provider’s Web site on the certificate Web site. Providers must renew their status every three years.

For more information, please contact Karen Strege, project director.