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 2020: August 17 – December 11

Enrollment for fall opens April 14

Spring 2021: January 11 - May 6

Enrollment for spring opens November 12

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 2210 Cataloging and Classification

Instructor: Ruth Carlock

This course will include the theories, concepts and activities of descriptive and subject cataloging and classification procedures of books in 21st Century libraries and information agencies using the Resource Description and Access, the Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal classification schemes, Sears and Library of Congress subject headings.

Spring: LIBR 2150 Managing Collections in Libraries & Information Agencies

Instructor: Patty Birch

Included in this course will be the theories, concepts and activities integral to proactive collection management in 21st Century libraries and information agencies. Also included will be community analysis, collection analysis, and the ability to conduct critical evaluations of a diverse array of information resources.

  • What will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • What careers can I have?
What will it cost?

At 2020-21 tuition and fee rates, completing the 18 credits required for the Library and Information Services certificate costs:

Nebraska residents - $1,926

Non-residents - $2,754

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.

2020-21 Tuition and Fees (cost per credit) Tuition Fees Total
Nebraska Resident $92 $15 $107
Non Resident $138 $15 $153

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How long will it take?

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.

What careers can I have?

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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.