|Nevada Certification Program for Public Librarians|
Why become certified?
Legal authority for certification of a librarian in a public library is detailed in the Nevada Revised Statutes 379.0073.
This program is targeted to employees of public libraries serving a population under 50,000 and public libraries which do not have a person with the MLS performing duties as administrator, reference, and children's librarian. It applies only to public libraries in Nevada and is not transferrable to other locations.
This program of certification is not applicable to people who hold a master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution.
Who may be certified?
Upon approval by the local library board, this program provides for certification of a librarian in a Nevada public library. To be certified by the State Library and Archives Administrator as a librarian, you must:
An applicant must be a citizen of the United States or have filed a valid declaration to become a citizen or a valid petition for naturalization (NRS391.060)
What is required?
To become certified in Nevada, applicants must have completed at least 21 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university which include 3 semester hours of instruction in each of the following subjects offered at UNLV and UNR:
These requirements cannot be satisfied by courses offered by a college/university as continuing education credits. (CEU's)
(It is recommended that students complete English 101 and/or 102 before enrolling in the above courses.)
Some courses are available in selected rural locations via compressed video.
All credits must be earned through a regionally accredited college/university, approved state, or foreign institution. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated for degree equivalency by an approved evaluator BEFORE certification is made.
How do I apply?
Registration is by application only.
You may register for courses or receive information on upcoming courses in the certification series by calling:
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Prospective students are advised to consult with administrators in the libraries in which they are employed, or contemplating employment, before enrolling in the program.
A certificate as a librarian is valid for three years after the date on which it is issued. To renew the certificate you must submit to the Nevada State Library & Archives proof (before the expiration date on the certificate) of satisfactory completion of:
1 semester hour credit at UCCSN = 15 contact hours
The State Library and Archives Administrator may issue a Conditional Certificate if an applicant has proof of completion of 15 semester hours of credit in courses required for certification of a librarian in a public library.
If you have any questions about the Public Librarian Certifiction program for Nevada, please contact: