About Continuing Education at Lakeshores:

Continuing Education (CE) is an important part of what we do as a public library system. Lakeshores serves as a regional certification validator for our member library directors. Each director must apply for and maintain a public librarian certification in order to be employed by a municipal, joint, tribal, or county library.

In addition to planning our own CE events, Lakeshores partners with the Southeastern Wisconsin Continuing Education (SEWI) cooperative, which is spearheaded by the Bridges Library System. This partnership, backed by cooperative funding by a number of regional systems, allows us to bring high quality continuing education opportunities to library staff in our area in a way that is extremely cost effective.

How (Re)Certification Works:

  1. Library directors must obtain not less than 100 contact hours of continuing education (CE) activities every five years. Of those 100 contact hours, 10 contact hours must be related to technology.
  2. Each CE activity must be recorded using special activity report forms.
  3. For each year in which CE activities were attended, an annual summation form must be completed.
  4. When ready, send the following to Steve Ohs at LLS:
  5. Once received by LLS, we will finish up the process by doing the following:
    • Check all activity reports;
    • Validate each activity on the annual summation sheets;
    • Make copies of the application and annual summations;
    • Send the copies and check to DPI;
    • File the original materials.

For more detailed information about public librarian certification, including all forms, please visit DPI's website.

Where Can I Get CE Contact Hours?

There are a lot of CE hour opportunities out there. Lakeshores partners with our neighboring regional systems for most of our local CE events, but other systems across the state put on some really amazing events as well. Typically, these events are open to you as well. Particularly when it comes to webinars, there are a lot of interesting speakers, topics and ideas. Some of the more popular sources include: