State Certifications

Public Library Certification

Public libraries are an important part of our society. ILS graduates hold leadership positions in public libraries across the country. The American Library Association notes that "there are more public libraries than McDonald's in the U.S. - a total of 16,776 including branches." [ALA Website]

Both the ILS M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) and M.I.S. (Master of Information Science) degrees are accredited by the American Library Association. Professional jobs in public libraries (particularly positions in larger libraries and as directors) normally require an ALA-accredited degree.

The Indiana State Library oversees certification for positions in public libraries that serve smaller communities. Contact the Indiana State Library - Indiana Library Certification Board at (800) 451-6028 with questions.