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Cataloging Certificate Program

The Nebraska Library Commission Cataloging Certificate Program encourages technical services library staff from all types of libraries to learn more about cataloging and improve their skills through a series of online classes. Two levels of Certificates are available: Basic and Advanced. These Certificates show current and future employees that you have practical and up-to-date skills in technical services.

The Cataloging Certificate Program does not replace the Public Librarian Certification Program but is a separate program to recognize staff from all library types for continuing education in cataloging skills. However, all classes may also be applied to Continuing Education hours.

Participation is limited to Nebraska residents or those who are employed by a Nebraska library.

Types of Certificates

Basic: All participants are required to complete the Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records workshop plus four additional online classes from the approved list below. The workshops must be completed within a three-year timeframe starting after May 2007.

Advanced: All participants are required to obtain the Basic Certificate and then complete four additional online classes from the approved list below. The four workshops must be completed within a three-year timeframe.


Please print and complete the application form, then send it by mail or fax to the attention of Shoshana Patocka

Fax to: 402-471-2083
Mail to:

Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, NE  68508-2023


If you have questions about the program, the application form or class schedules, please contact Shoshana Patocka, 402-471-4031, (800)307-2665, or email.


These lists may be updated as new topics develop. Register for these classes through the NLC Training and Events Calendar.

Required workshop:
Understanding MARC 21 Bibliographic Records August 3-September 18, 2020 (Online)
Optional workshops offered on a regular basis:
Assigning Call Numbers  
Assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings
Authority Control
Cataloging Electronic Monographs  
Cataloging Monographs  
Cataloging Audio Recordings October 12-November 20, 2020 (Online)  
Cataloging Video Recordings  
Introduction to Technical Services  
Optional workshops offered infrequently:  
Cataloging Archives and Manuscripts  
Cataloging Cultural Objects  
Cataloging Maps  
Cataloging Rare Books  
Cataloging Three Dimensional Artifacts and Realia  
Introduction to Metadata  
Introduction to MarcEdit  
Serials Cataloging  
XML: An Introduction
Workshops offered outside the Nebraska Library Commission:
Email Shoshana Patocka for more information.