Indiana Public Librarian Certification Guide - 2023
AKA: Indiana LC1, LC2, LC3, LC4, LC5, LC6, and LC7 Certification
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In the state of Indiana, it is required that anyone who spends more than 50% of their duties doing library tasks, must be certified. Certification is required because the role of librarians is becoming much more vast and demanding. Librarians are responsible for implementing and utilizing new technology within their facilities, as well as deeply understand the contents and materials inside in order to provide the best experience for their patrons. Librarians must both compete and operate seamlessly in coordination with technology.
Librarians are also a key component of the community, bridging the gaps within individual communities and addressing personal needs by coordinating special events to attract visitors throughout the year. As a librarian you are expected to read children’s stories for the youngsters and then also have the ability to act as a large-scale buyer in the same day. Every state has different requirements and for the same reason. Librarians are expected to do more, and they must be trained to do so.
There is one application for any individual seeking a temporary permit, renewal, advanced, or 5-year certificate.
This guide is a specialized overview of any and all requirements for the “Application for the Certification of Public Librarian” in the state of Indiana. There are seven levels of certification for Public Librarians in Indiana. Level 1 being the highest/most experienced title. The levels are abbreviated like this: LC1, LC2, LC3, LC4, LC5, LC6, LC7. When completing an application, individuals have the option of filing a one (1) year temporary certification or five (5) year certification. Each expires on the date issued one or five year(s) later.
Each level has different education requirements. If training is needed, this Indiana State Library website provides several different resources. Also included on this page are links to free educational programs and third-party sites. You can also find all Library and Information Science degree programs offered by Indiana schools, here.
Resources are also available at Indiana Roundtable Discussion Groups for Library Staff and Webjunction’s Foundational ABLE and SABLE classes (Indiana State Library, 2021). Indiana makes it easy to learn online or in-person. Get the training you need conveniently for your schedule. When seeking out additional training or educational resources make sure they offer a certificate or proof of credit. All documentation will be needed during the application process.
There are specific courses that are acknowledged and approved for individuals seeking LC4 or LC5 status. There are four colleges/universities combined that offer exceptional course credit hours in the five primary topics. From Ivy Tech Community College, students are encouraged to take the following:
From UI Bloomington, students are encouraged to take the following:
UI also offers a MLS degree online and those courses include the following:
Experience matters in the work place. This is where librarians apply their education. There are some skills that you build simply from being in the library environment. That’s why every level of certification requires some form of credit hours or experience inside a public library. It is important to interact with the patrons and be immersed in the library atmosphere. The best and easiest way to gain this experience is by visiting the public library, requesting to volunteer and getting to know your community. Every library has different needs, there’s no telling how you can help unless you put yourself out there and get involved.
There are no testing requirements in the certification process. This excludes any testing conducted from universities or colleges.
The state of Indiana reserves the right to conduct a background check on all applicants. There is no detailed information on this specific requirement from the state, and background checks may be done upon beginning employment by the employing library.
Application can be found here: Indiana Public Librarian Certification Application. Individuals may print out the form and mail it to this address:Indiana State Library
Additionally, you may download the form and fill it out. Once complete you may email the form to: StatewideServices@library.in.gov
There is a $10 fee for applications that are 1 year (Temporary). There is a $50 application fee for those seeking a 5-year certificate.