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Continuing Education & Training

Competency Index for the Library FieldThe mission of the Library of Virginia’s Continuing Education Program is to enhance library staff’s capabilities in all phases of library service through a comprehensive training program.

The Library of Virginia sponsors a variety of training opportunities each year to help those responsible for library service to develop their skills and learn new approaches. Workshops and conferences cover such topics as library services to special populations, cataloging databases reference services, children and youth services, library trustees and friends of the Library. An annual public library director’s training is offered in the fall.
Competency Index Index for the Library Field 2014

Upcoming Training

To register for any of the upcoming training opportunities please view our schedule of events

The Library of Virginia has created with nationally known experts online training.  The platform that some of the courses are presented in is called Moodle. Click here to learn more about courses and Moodle.

webjunctionWebJunction Online Training


selfpacedSelf Paced Learning Opportunities


onlinetrusteeOnline Trustee Training


Web training on Gale products

Anytime Training

The Library of Virginia has purchased course seats from archived and live webinars through People Connect Institute (PCI).  This was made possible through a grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services and Technology Act.

Webinar archives and live webinars from People Connect Institute are only available to staff working in libraries located in Virginia.

PCI Webinars provide a team of experts in training, organizational development and continuing education focus on providing learning-based solutions for library organizations of all types and sizes.  To request access to any of these webinars complete the course access request form.

You can select up to two recordings/live webinar per month.

After watching the webinar, you will be asked to complete a follow-up survey (within three months) telling how you are going to use the information gained.

 Librarian’s Professional Certificate

Public libraries serving a political subdivision or subdivisions having a population greater than 13,000 and libraries operated by the Commonwealth or under its authority, shall not employ, in the position of librarian or in any other full-time professional librarian position, a person who does not meet the qualifications established by the State Library Board.

To obtain an Librarian Professional Certificate for the Commonwealth of Virginia

Master in Library Science Programs

American Library Association Accredited Committee on AccreditationAt this time the only program to offer local classes in library science is Catholic University of America.  However, there are a range of online programs available for those interested in pursuing a master’s in library and information science.

Virginia participates in the Academic Common Market (ACM) program, which is an arrangement among Southern states allowing students to pay reduced tuition rates at a non-Virginia college or university while studying in select programs not available at Virginia public institutions.  An application for participation and further information about the program is available on their Web site.

The following colleges and universities offer distance education programs for a library science degree.

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