Tag Archives: certification

Basic Skills: Communication – New Course Available!

A new version of the Basic Skills: Communication course is now available!

This course is available as a self-paced online course. You may register and take the course at any time. In this class, we will cover general communication skills, as well as some specialized forms of communications such as advocacy and marketing.

This new Communication course is located in the NLC Niche Academy. In order to register and access the course:

  • NLC Niche Academy: my.nicheacademy.com/nlc
  • In the upper-right corner, click the “account” icon (next to where it says “Home”)
    • Enter your email and password to sign in or to create a new account
    • Click “Create a free account” and fill out the short form
    • Click “Create my account”
  • Screenshots:
  • Once you’ve created your account and are logged in, click the “Basic Skills: Communication” course.
    • Read through the introduction, then click the blue “Begin” button to start the course.

Basic Skills courses are open only to Nebraska residents or those who are employed by a Nebraska library. The Basic Skills courses are sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and Nebraska’s Regional Library Systems.

Class participants who are enrolled in the Nebraska Public Librarian Certification program, and who successfully complete the course will earn 2 CE credit hours.

More tutorials and courses will be added to the NLC Niche Academy, so keep checking back!

If you have any questions, please contact Holli Duggan.

Posted in Education & Training | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Basic Skills Postponed and Certification Update

As situations continue to change daily, we have decided to postpone the upcoming Basic Skills classes. We are going to be focusing on developing more self-paced modules which will be announced as they are available.

The one exception to this change will be the “Introduction to Cataloging” class which begins on April 1st and will be open until May 31st. Additionally, the “Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records” class (which is part of the cataloging certification, not a Basic Skills class) will begin as scheduled on March 30th.

So, what does this mean if your certification is due in 2020?

No worries!

For both librarian and library board certifications that are due in 2020, you will be able to extend your certification for one year. For example, if your current certification date is 05/01/20, your new date would be 05/01/21. Linda Babcock will be reaching out to individuals and library boards via email about this extension process.

For those of you who are not due for certification renewal in 2020, but are worried about completing CE hours or keeping up with the Basic Skills requirement as we move through this difficult time, we understand and are able to work with you for extensions or offering additional resources. We absolutely want to do everything we can to help.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, please don’t hesitate to contact Linda Babcock or Holli Duggan.

Posted in Education & Training, Public Library Boards of Trustees | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Basic Skills: Introduction to Cataloging Self-Paced Module

Did you miss out on the Organization of Materials Basic Skills class in April? Do you still need this class to complete your Basic Skills requirement? Here’s another chance!

Due to the number of students interested in this class and the Nebraska Library Commission’s ongoing evaluation of the Basic Skills classes as a whole, we have decided to open a second self-paced section of the course with a shiny new name. Introduction to Cataloging!

As this is a new self-paced format, we are limiting enrollment to 35 students. The content of the class will not be greatly different from previous Organization of Materials classes, but this new module will be self-paced, instead of the instructor-led format that you may be familiar with from other Basic Skills classes.

Registration and more details can be found on the NLC Library Training & Events Calendar:

If you have any questions, please contact Holli Duggan, Continuing Education Coordinator.

Posted in Education & Training | Tagged , | Leave a comment