Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Voluntary Public Librarian Certification Program

How do I get started?
We have provided direct links to courses where possible (for example courses offered by ABLE or Infopeople).  For courses in WebJunction, you must have an account with WebJunction Maine and you must request WebJunction course access if you haven’t previously done so.  Be sure to record the information you submit so you’re able to login once approved. 
Register your interest in participating on the MSL website (link).  From the time we receive your registration, you will have 2 years to complete the requirements for Basic Certification, 3 years for Intermediate Certification and 4 years for Advance Certification
Begin taking the required courses in any order.
Remember to keep track of your progress. [Excel, 113kb]
How do I find a course in WebJunction?
To access courses in WebJunction, go to WebJunction Maine and login with your WJ username and password.  Click on “Go to Courses” (teal box).  Sign in with your learning portal account name on the WebJunction Courses page.   Choose “Jump straight to Course Catalog”.  On the left side of the screen you will see the “Subject Area Menu”. Expand each subject by clicking the arrow next to it and then clicking on the sub topic.  Find your chosen course in the main part of the window.  Click “Add to My Course” or “Launch Course” if you want to start right away.
How do I get a certificate for completing a course?
Not all the content we're linking to will generate a certificate when you complete a course. Please use the online reporting form which is on the Voluntary Public Librarian Certification page to verify that you have completed a course. Information recorded on this form is automatically forwarded to the CE consultant and back to you for your records.
You can download a certificate for courses in WebJunction, ABLE and SABLE. Courses offered by Infopeople, Grantsource and Nonprofit Webinars do not automatically issue certificates. If you need a certificate for any of these courses, contact your consultant.
How do I get my certification?
The Maine State Library CE Consultant will maintain a database of course completions. Each quarter, the consultant will generate certificates for those who have completed a level.
Once I’ve achieved a certification level, how do I maintain it?
Each year, you must complete 5 library-related courses, workshops, or webinars to maintain your certification level.  If a certificate is issues, send a copy to the state library.  If no certificate is available, use the online form to submit information about CE events attended.   
I have an MLS.  Do I need to be certified?
Not necessarily.  The state library looks at this program as a lifelong learning tool and a way to keep your skills and knowledge sharp.  If an MLS librarian chooses to participate in the certification, he or she will automatically receive an Advanced Level Certification.  To maintain that level, the librarian must complete 5 library-related courses, workshops, or webinars during the calendar year after being issued certification. 
I’ve completed the program at University of Maine, Augusta.  Do I need to be certified?
Not necessarily.  The state library looks at this program as a lifelong learning tool and a way to keep your skills and knowledge sharp.  Graduates of the University of Maine, Augusta library program will be awarded certification as follows:
  • UMA Certificate - Basic Certification
  • Associates’ Degree - Intermediate Certification
  • Bachelor’s Degree - Advanced Certification upon completion of 16 electives from the MSL certification program