Iowa Public Libraries


The certification programs for Iowa public librarians are intended to:

  • improve library service in Iowa by developing the skills of public library directors and staff
  • encourage public librarians to acquire, maintain, and develop their skills through basic and continuing education
  • provide recognition for public librarians
  • enhance the public image of librarians and libraries
  • provide guidelines that public library boards may use in developing staff hiring policies

Iowa Library Services sponsors two certification programs. Public Library Director Certification is designed for library directors and is required to meet standards as part of the Direct State Aid program. Public Library Staff Certification is designed for library staff and is not required to meet any standards for Direct State Aid.

Why become certified?

Reasons for becoming certified include:

  • commitment to the library profession
  • recognition of ongoing commitment to improving professional skills
  • personal fulfillment
  • career enhancement

It's Interesting

  • The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is the Presidential library of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States. Located in West Branch, Iowa, next to the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, the library is one of thirteen presidential libraries run by the National Archives and Records Administration.

  • The Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is a state-administered fiber optics network designed to provide equal access to Iowans with modern telecommunication resources.
    The Iowa Communications Network provides high quality, full-motion video; data; high-speed Internet connections; and telephone service to a variety of...

  • First Congregational Church is located in Burlington, Iowa, United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
    The congregation was organized in 1838. The Rev. Horace Hutchinson was the first pastor and the congregation met in the home of James G. Edwards who was the publisher of the Burlington Hawk-Eye. The...

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