Library and Information Services

Program Locations: Online
Program Level: Certificate
Department: Human Services and Education

Libraries are home to more technology than ever before, and the responsibilities of librarians are evolving with that trend. As a library and information specialist, you’ll assist with customizing databases and teaching patrons how to use computer systems to access data. Our Library and Information Services program is offered in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. You’ll acquire the skills on how to acquisition and process all types of materials, organize materials, be proactive in collection management and manage small libraries. Our Library and Information Services program provides you the skills needed for certification as a public librarian in Nebraska, with an emphasis on rural needs.

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Online Course Offerings

Fall 2024: August 19 – December 13

Recent changes...

The LIBR 2210 Cataloging & Classification course has been merged with the LIBR 2150 Managing Collections in Libraries & Information Agencies class. The new combined class is LIBR 2150 Develop and Organize Collections is now being offered. And the Library & Information Services certificate has been reduced from 18 credit hours to a 15-credit hour program.

Fall: LIBR 1010 Foundations of Library and Information Services

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  
Fall: LIBR 2250 Leadership and Management in Library and Information Agencies

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  
Fall: LIBR 2940 Library and Information Services Capstone Practicum

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
Spring: LIBR 2100 Reference Resource and Services

Instructor: Marty Magee

  • Effective use of print and digital resources, databases, and websites 
  • Professional competencies including legal and ethical responsibilities 
  • Reference Interview process 
Spring: LIBR 2150 Develop and Organize Collections

Instructor: Patty Birch

This course will cover the theories, concepts, and activities integral to selection and collection management in libraries. Included will be community and collection analysis, as well as critical evaluations of a diverse array of information resources. This course will also address descriptive and subject cataloging, and classification.

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Finish the certificate in 2 semesters plus a practicum or 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).

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 assessment 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.

Note:  All classes in the Library and Information Services Certificate Program can be applied to a CCC Associate Degree.

It’s important for student’s to plan their degree program with an Advisor.