The 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.
To register for any of the upcoming training opportunities please view our schedule of events
Librarian’s Professional Certificate
Public libraries serving a political subdivision or subdivisions having a population greater than 15,000 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 a Librarian Professional Certificate for the Commonwealth of Virginia visit: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/lib-edu/certification.asp
Master in Library Science Programs
At this time the only program to offer local classes in library science is Catholic University of America. However, there is 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.
Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Scholarship
Description: “RIPL began in 2015 as an immersive, boot camp-style event for public library staff to learn practical methods for gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. Now, after 3 national events and more than 25 regional events, it’s time for the next wave.
At the 2020 national event, we will debut a new format, tailored to meet the needs of those just getting started with data and evaluation as well as data geeks, and for people new to RIPL as well as RIPL alumni. Longer breakout sessions (2.5 hours) will enable participants to explore topics in more depth. What’s not changing? Hands-on, experiential learning; an immersive, camp-like experience (with better accommodations!); and the opportunity to connect with instructors and up to 150 library staff from around the US and beyond who are passionate about creating data-powered libraries.” Research Institute for Public Libraries
Process: Applicants from public libraries may apply for a scholarship to attend the Research Institute for Public Libraries. Click here to learn more information about the conference. Outcomes include personal development through attendance; leadership and teaching experience through the “teach-back” required with this scholarship; and better library service to all Virginians!
Applicants from public libraries may apply for one $1500 scholarship/stipend to attend. The stipend will be paid to the successful applicant’s place of employment. Travel arrangements and costs exceeding $1500 are not the responsibility of LVA.