May 23, 2022

First Person to Complete Maine’s Voluntary Public Librarian Certification Program Announced

From the Maine State Library:

In an effort to provide professional development opportunities for Maine librarians and improve the value of library services in Maine communities, the Maine State Library recently launched a voluntary certification program for librarians. The certification is a three-tiered credential that demonstrates a set of core competencies related to professional library service.

Heidi Hinkley, library director at the Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport, is the first librarian in the state to complete all three levels of the certification. Beth Edmonds, chair of the Maine Library Commission, presented her with her certificates at the board’s stated meeting this week.


“I wanted to take the Certification because I have no formal training in Library Science and felt that any and all courses and training would be very beneficial to me,” she said. “I absolutely love to help people and plan events to make the library grow, and I hope to continue being the Librarian at Peabody Memorial Library until the day I retire!”

The certification program is voluntary and open to any library personnel in Maine. The curriculum was developed by Maine State Library District Consultants and includes 190 online courses, archived webinars, workshops and special institutes. The Maine State Library subscribes to online course content on behalf of Maine librarians and access to the archived webinars is free.

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Learn More: State of Maine Voluntary Public Librarian Certification Program Web Site
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