The Paralibrarian Certification is a voluntary program designed to recognize the involvement and contributions of paralibrarians in New Hampshire. Paralibrarians (non-MLS staff) support the missions of school, public, academic, and special libraries throughout the state by providing important services, being involved in professional development activities, and demonstrating commitment to their work. The certification is not a substitute for a Master of Library Science degree or any other degree or certificate.
Complete information on the program, including details on the application process for the NHLA Paralibrarian Certification Program, can be found here:
Applications received after November 1, 2018, should follow the revised
Paralibrarian Certification Guidelines 201808 (PDF)
Paralibrarian Certification Guidelines 201808 (Google docs)
Copies of completed portfolios should be sent to
New Hampshire Library Association Paralibrarian section
c/o Heather Rainier email@example.com
31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way Hooksett, NH 03106
Van stop: Hooksett/Hooksett Public Library
Send Heather an e-mail to let her know to expect your packet.
Review Schedule with due dates
|Application due||Review Committee meeting||Board Approval|
|February 1, 2019||March 6, 2019||April 12, 2019|
|May 1, 2019||June 5, 2019||June 14, 2019|
|August 1, 2019||September 4, 2019||October 11, 2019|
|November 1, 2019||December 4, 2019||December 13, 2019|
Classes in NH
I’ve Weeded! Now What?
April 11, 2019 9am-1pm
Weare Public Library
Instructor: Mike Sullivan
Description:So you’ve followed through with CREW and weeded the collection. Now it’s time to consider how to build a collection that really serves your community. Join us to discuss practical considerations like resources and vendors, catalogs and community input, and space limitations.
Growing Youth Collections: Collection Development in Children’s Services
May 22, 2019 1pm-4pm
Keene Public Library
Instructor: Gail Zachariah
Gail Zachariah will explore the range building library collections for young people with an emphasis on nonfiction collections. Nonfiction books for young people are an increasingly important part of publishing. Learn how to develop a well-rounded collection based on what’s popular, what’s appropriate, and what’s fun so that you can meet the homework and leisure reading interests of your patrons. Gail will discuss how to evaluate and select books and how different books may appeal to different audiences. She’ll suggest tools for librarians to keep current with upcoming releases. Finally, she’ll discuss ways to create buzz around these books. Attendees will leave with a booklist of not-to-miss new titles.
Classes are $10/person for Paralibrarian Section members and $15/person for others. Payment may be sent to Julie Spokane c/o Brookline Public Library through the van or by mail (POB 157, Brookline, NH 03033). Payment must be received one week before the first class date.
Questions about Paralibrarian Section classes should be addressed to the Paralibrarian Education Chair, Eileen Gilbert, at the Belmont Public Library.Registration ends two weeks before the event date. If paying by check, make it payable to NHLANHLA-Paralibrarian Section and send to Julie Spokane, Brookline Public Library or 12 Mosher Drive, Brookline NH 03033, with the invoice. All payments need to be RECEIVED prior to the start of the class. Registration questions should be addressed to Eileen Gilbert, Belmont Public Library. Please refer to the NHLA Cancellation Policy.
Introduction to G-Suite for Libraries Hooksett Public Library September 14, 2018 (6 credit hours)
Introduction to Excel Dover Public Library September 18, 2018 (1.75 credit hours)
Social Media Workshop and Discussion Portsmouth Public Library September 24, 2018 (3 credit hours)
Intermediate Excel Dover Public Library October 2, 2018 (1.75 credit hours)
Weeding Workshop Pease Public Library, Plymouth October 5, 2018 (3 credit hours)
Basic Cataloging Lebanon Public Libraries October 15, 29, 2018 (6 credit hours)
Extreme Excel Dover Public Library October 16, 2018 (1.75 credit hours)
Advanced Cataloging Merrimack Public Library Friday, May 18, 2018 (2 credit hours)
Internet Self-Defense for Librarians Hooksett Public Library Friday, May 25, 2018 (6 credit hours)
Introduction to Excel September 11, 2017 (2 contact hours) Portsmouth Public Library
Programming for Children September 14 and 21, 2017 (8 contact hours) Weare Public Library
Weeding Workshop September 18, 2017 (3 contact hours) Bethlehem Public Library
Basic Cataloging October 6 and 20, 2017 (6 contact hours) Local Government Center, Concord
Intermediate Excel November 6, 2017 (2 contact hours) Portsmouth Public Library
Basic Cataloging April 7, 21, 2017 (6 contact hours) Baker Free Library, Bow
The Reference Interview and Patron Privacy April 21, 2017 (3 contact hours) Derry Public Library
Internet Self Defense June 9, 2017 (6 contact hours) Hooksett Public Library
Computer Networking Basics November 18, 2016 (6 contact hours, class size 20)
Kilton Public Library, Lebanon
Basic Cataloging September 14 and 28, 2016 Peterborough Town Library (6 contact hours)
Preparing Your Paralibrarian Certification Application October 12, 2016 Rye Public Library
Introduction to Copy Cataloging & Technical Service Functions October 24, 2016 Portsmouth Public Library
Because It’s All About the Book! June 9, 2017 (6 contact hours) Hooksett Public Library
Preparing Your Paralibrarian Certification Application May 6, 2016 (3 contact hours) Hooksett Public Library
Children’s Readers’ Advisory May 23, 2016 (3 contact hours) Kingston Community Library
Continuing Education Opportunities Online
The path to paralibrarian certification requires a lot of learning. In order to facilitate applicants efforts to engage in professional development, the section will maintain a list of links to online educational opportunities here. If you notice a dead link or a mistake, or have suggestions for additional links to provide, please contact the Paralibrarian webmaster.
These links contain webinars and other opportunities that can be used to help meet certification requirements. However, we encourage all library professionals to use these links to their advantage in ongoing professional development efforts.
Maine State Library Voluntary Public Librarian Certification
First Tuesdays (Washington St. Library)
School Library Journal webcasts
Library Journal webcasts
American Libraries Live
Texas Library Association continuing education
Library Juice Academy
Texas State Library webinars
Nebraska Library Commission webinars
University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Ed
Kentucky Dept. for Libraries webinars
Wyoming State Library Webinar Archive
Tech Soup For Libraries
For additional information regarding the Paralibrarian Section of the New Hampshire Library Association, refer to the following documents:
Bylaws of the Paralibrarian Section
Paralibrarian Role Descriptions