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Paralibrarian Section

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:

NHLA-Paralibrarian-Certification-Guidelines-4-14-17 (Word)

NHLA-Paralibrarian-Certification-Guidelines-4-14-17 (PDF)

Copies of completed portfolios should be sent to

New Hampshire Library Association Paralibrarian section
c/o Heather Rainier 

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.


Classes in NH

Class Date Location Teacher

Contact Hours

Basic Cataloging

October 6 and 20, 2017
Local Government Center, Concord Linda Kepner, Peterborough Public Library 6 (both sessions required)

Programming for Children

September 14 and 21, 2017

Weare Public Library

Michael Sullivan, Weare Public Library

8 (both sessions required)

Weeding Workshop

September 18, 2017
Bethlehem Public Library Ann Hoey, NH State Library 3
Introduction to  Excel

September 11, 2017

Portsmouth Public Library

Peggy Thrasher, Dover Public Library


Intermediate Excel

November 6, 2017

Portsmouth Public Library Peggy Thrasher, Dover Public Library


Classes are $5/person for Paralibrarian Section members and $10/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.

Paralibrarian Invoice

For any class through the paralibrarian section: Need an invoice to submit with your payment or for record keeping? Please use the Paralibrarian Invoice, just fill out blank areas and submit! All payments can be sent to:

NHLA-Paralibrarian Section
Julie Spokane
Brookline Public Library
16 Main St.
Brookline, NH 03033


Previous classes

Spring 2017

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

Fall 2016

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

Spring 2016

Because It’s All About the Book! June 9, 2017 (6 contact hours) Hooksett Public Library

Preparing Your Paralibrarian Certification Application May 6, 2016 (3contact hours) Hooksett Public Library

Children’s Readers’ Advisory May 23, 2016 (3contact 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.

First Tuesdays (Washington St. Library)
School Library Journal webcasts
Library Journal webcasts
Demco webinars
American Libraries Live
ALA Live
Booklist webinars
Texas Library Association continuing education
Library Juice Academy
Storytime University
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 document: Bylaws of the Paralibrarian Section