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Lauren Harper 1st to be certified under new KY program

By Kim Saylor Brannock

Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) announced today that Lauren Harper is the first recipient of the new Part-Time Certification Program for public libraries. Harper, a library assistant at the Metcalfe County Public Library in Edmonton, was first to complete the required courses and submit an application under the new program.

"Congratulations to Lauren Harper on being the first to complete this new professional development opportunity. As a teacher, I know the positive role that libraries play in communities all across Kentucky and how important it is to develop the talent we have in our libraries," said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, who is also the secretary of Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

"In many libraries across the commonwealth, part-time employees have limited opportunity to build skills and increase their job-related knowledge. This tends to limit their effectiveness, job satisfaction and opportunity for advancement. The Part-Time Certification Program is designed to give those employees that opportunity, at no cost to them or their library," said Terry Manuel, commissioner of KDLA and state librarian, archivist and records administrator.

The Part-Time Certification Program was created in partnership with the State Board for the Certification of Librarians. This free, voluntary program assists public libraries in training their part-time staff on the most common areas of library service. The program consists of four KDLA-created courses covering the basics of customer service, reference service, readers' advisory, and handling difficult situations. Certification is valid for five years and is renewable pending completion of 15 additional hours of job-related training. For more information about the program, go to

KDLA provides equitable access to quality library and information resources and services, as well as helps public agencies ensure that legislatively mandated documentation of government programs is created, efficiently maintained and made accessible.

For more information on KDLA resources, programs and services, visit or call 502-564-1702.

This story was posted on 2021-09-27 09:43:19
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