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Wisconsin Public Librarian Certification


Librarian certification for public library directors has been a part of Wisconsin law since 1921 when the legislature passed the first comprehensive state public librarian certification law. The concern was then, and continues to be, that the public libraries of the state be headed by qualified library personnel, assuring a high level of professional management and administration of Wisconsin's library resources, programs and services.

The current requirements for public librarian certification became effective November 1, 2004. These rules did not change the coursework required to receive Grade II or III certification, but changed the timeframe and sequence in which the courses must be taken. The rules do not apply to individuals previously certified.