As libraries increasingly use new technologies, the duties of library and information services (LIS) specialists are expanding and evolve accordingly. LIS specialists assist with customizing databases and instruct patrons in how to use computer systems to access data. These specialists work in large libraries as well as in rural areas.
In cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Central Community College offers two options for students. Both are available entirely online. The program provides information about services requiring technical skills in such vital areas as circulation of materials, acquisition and processing of all types of materials. The program focuses on information resources and management of a small library.
The certificate program provides the skills needed for certification as a public librarian in Nebraska, with an emphasis on rural needs. We also offer an associate of arts degree option for students who plan to transfer to the University of Nebraska at Omaha to complete bachelor’s degrees in related areas.
Go to our online catalog for more information.
program requirements course descriptions.
The Library and Information Services certificate requires 18 semester-hours of course work (six classes) and can be completed in one year by taking classes during the fall, spring and summer sessions.
The associate of science degree can be completed in four semesters by completing 15 credits a semester.
The length of time to complete this program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on COMPASS, ASSET or ACT scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.
The certificate in this program provides certification needed to work as public librarians in Nebraska. Check out Career Coach for information about job opportunities and pay for graduates of the certificate program.
Students in the Academic Transfer program who intend to become professional librarians should plan transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree and then earn a master of library science degree. Career Coach provides information about job openings, pay and career outlook in this field..
At 2014-15 tuition and fee rates, completing the associate of science degree costs:
The certificate program requires 18 semester-hours of course work. At 2014-15 tuition and fee rates, costs are:
These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.