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Accreditation/Certification

School Librarians in the state of Nebraska are required to obtain a PK-12 School Librarian Endorsement. “This endorsement shall require the applicant to hold a teaching certificate or concurrently earn a subject or field endorsement, and acquire a minimum of 30 semester hours in library media courses, including leadership, library administration, technology, information access, children’s and young adult literature, resource management, and curriculum and instruction” (Nebraska Department of Education, Rule 24, see link below).

There are two higher education institutions in Nebraska that provide school librarian preparation programs—the University of Nebraska Kearney and the University of Nebraska Omaha. Both are recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation Programs (CAEP).

Rule 10 provides minimum requirements in school libraries in Nebraska, both for purchase of materials and the hiring of personnel. In order to be accredited, schools in Nebraska must adhere to these regulations (see link below for Rule 10, from: Title 92 – Nebraska Department of Education Chapter 10 – Regulations and procedures for the Accreditation of Schools, pp. 19-20, 22).