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  • 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.

    LibrarianIn 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.

    What will you learn?

    • This certificate is designed to provide the student with a broad overview of the library profession.
    • Introduces theories, concepts and activities integral to reference resources and services.
    • Organization of library materials.
    • Proactive collection management.
    • Basic leadership and management skills.  

    The Program

    Students have two opportunities:

    • Certificate Program that includes 18-hours of course work.
    • An Associate of Arts Degree program that includes the hours earned for the certificate.

    The final course in the Certificate Program involves the students gaining valuable experience in a supervised practicum in a library.

    The Certificate and the Associates of Arts Degree can be completed online. 

    What is an Associate of Arts Degree?

    Associate of Arts degree is a planned study which includes general education in the areas of:

    • Communications and Humanities
    • Math and Science
    • Social and Behavioral Science  

    What can you do with a library and information services certificate?

    In under two years, graduates from this program are able to provide services with consideration of:

    • Foundational principles and professional competencies.
    • Reference interview and supporting resources including databases and websites.
    • Collection management includes weeding, selecting, purchasing and processing all types of materials; print and electronic.
    • Acquisition and organization of all types of materials; print and electronic.
    • Assessment and evaluation of library services and programs.
    • Development of innovative user services and experiences.
    • Strategic planning, budgeting and personnel.
    • Professional advocacy and community engagement.

    Contact Information

    Dee Johnson
    Library Resource Center Director
    Central Community College
    402-562-1418 or 1-877-222-0780, EXT. 1418

    Online Course Offerings Summer and Fall 2018

    Summer 2018: May 21 – July 26
    Fall 2018: August 20 – December14 

    Enrollment for summer and fall opens April 9, 2018

  • Instructor: Marty Magee

    • Effective use of print and digital resources, databases, and websites 
    • Professional competencies including legal and ethical responsibilities 
    • Reference Interview process 

    Instructor: Marty Magee

    This course, the recommended first in the Library and Information Services curriculum, provides introductory information in multiple areas. 

    • Library history and organizations 
    • Foundation Principles/Code of Ethics 
    • Information databases and Internet usage  

    Instructor: Michael Straatman

    This course includes the theories, concepts and activities integral to leading and managing 21st Century libraries and information agencies. 

    • Leadership principles 
    • Management strategies 
    • Policies and procedures  

    Instructor: Patty Birch

    This capstone course is the last course in the Library & Information Services program. Students will complete 40 hours of service learning in a host library. The course also includes a review of the principle pieces of learning from the LIS program. 

    • Prerequisites: LIBR 1010, 2100, 2150, 2210, & 2250  

    • At 2017-18 tuition and fee rates, completing the 18 credits required for the Library and Information Services certificate costs:

      Nebraska residents - $1,800
      Non-residents - $2,592

      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.

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    • Finish the certificate in 1 year by taking classes during the fall, spring and summer sessions

      Achieve an associate of science degree in 2 years by completing 15 credits a semester for 4 semesters

      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 length of time to complete a 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.

      Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

    • Career Coach(3)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.