Utah Library Association Paraprofessional Certificate Program
This program is designed to recognize the involvement and contributions of career-oriented library paraprofessionals in Utah and to acknowledge their support of libraries and librarianship. For the purposes of this program, a paraprofessional is defined as a library worker who does not hold a professional library degree.
Paraprofessionals support the mission of libraries by providing important patron and support services. They promote personal development through professional involvement. They share concerns about issues facing the library profession and work with professional librarians in addressing them. Through this program, paraprofessionals demonstrate a commitment to librarianship. Library paraprofessional service is recognized by library professionals and administrators as a valid career choice.
The ULA Paraprofessional Certificate is not a substitute for the Master of Library Science degree, the Utah Library Media Certificate, any other library degree, or other professional credentials.
REGISTERING FOR THE PROGRAM
A participant must submit the online registration form
- All registration information and forms are available for printing from the ULA website.
- Registration will expire five (5) years from time of submission.
- The participant should notify the Review Board of changes in business, mail, or e-mail addresses.
- Registration is in no way a guarantee of the final awarding of a certificate.
After registration is received, a confirmation letter will be sent by the Chair of the Review Board and a mentor will be contacted and assigned to the participant. Once registered, the participant may then submit claims for points to their mentor. All participants are strongly encouraged to work closely with their assigned mentor to help maintain consistency within the program.
Participant must earn 500 points and demonstrate knowledge of library skills and competency. Completion of the Paraprofessional Certificate must show that the participant has an understanding of the four areas of Library Service, demonstrated by expertise gained through professional experience, development and service as shown in the following chart:
Points are earned in three different Areas of Expertise and will be divided between the four areas of Library Service.
Finishing the program
ISSUANCE OF A CERTIFICATE
Upon submission of the necessary forms, the Review Board will meet and approve or reject the statements, forms, and/or documents. When approval is given, the Review Board or mentor will notify the participant. Once requirements are met, a certificate, signed by the President of the Utah Library Association, is presented to the participant at the Annual ULA Conference. Full notification of all certificates awarded will be made in the annual ULA Program.
PROCEDURE FOR APPEALS
A certificate of Achievement Program candidate who does not agree with a decision of the Review Board may appeal the decision by writing a letter to the Review Board within 30 working days of the decision. The candidate may appear before the Review Board at the next scheduled Review Board meeting to state a position.
The Review Board will review its decision and the position statement and give the candidate a final decision. If the candidate is not satisfied with the Review Board’s decision, they may write a letter to the Executive Committee of the Utah Library Association (ULA) within 30 working days of the Review Board’s final decision and appear at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the ULA Board of Directors to state a position. A member of the Review Board may present an opposing view at the same meeting, with the ULA Board of Directors deciding the matter.