Wisconsin Public Library Director Certification

SLIS-CES courses fulfill the requirements for WI Public Library Director Certification.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning revised the WI Public Library Director Certification courses in 2010.

Directors hired before September 1, 2010 will follow the old course requirements. Directors hired after September 1, 2010 will follow the new course requirements. Both sets of requirements are listed below, followed by the course schedules.

Old Certification Courses
Basic Public Library Management or Public Library Administration
Collection Development
Basic Reference
Fundamentals of Cataloging

There will be no old courses offered after Spring 2012, but there are opportunities to substitute new courses to fulfill the requirements.

New Certification Courses
Basic Public Libray Administration
Advanced Public Library Administration
Organization and Management of Collections
Public and Community Services

Certification Course Schedule (Online Courses)

Spring:
Basic Public Library Administration
Organization and Management of Collections

Fall:
Basic Public Library Administration
Advanced Public Library Administration
Public and Community Library Services

Substitutions
Directors who begin under the old certification course requirements may need to finish under the new certification course requirements. A list of DPI approved substitutions is below.

Missed: Basic Reference    
Take: Public and Community Services

Missed: Fundamentals of Cataloging    
Take: Organization and Management of Collections

Missed: Collection Development    
Take: Organization and Management of Collections

Missed: Fundamentals of Cataloging & Collection Development    
Take: Organization and Management of Collections & Advanced Public Library Administration

Missed: Basic Reference & Collection Development    
Take: Organization and Management of Collections & Public and Community Services

Missed: Fundamentals of Cataloging & Basic Reference
Take: Organization and Management of Collections & Public and Community Services

More Information
WI Department of Public Instruction
Certification Manual for WI Public Library Directors

Public Library Director Certification in other states
Check with your state library agency to see if these courses satisfy your state's certification requirements.

Questions? Contact Anna Palmer or Meredith Lowe