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Welcome to the Public Library Director's Guidebook!

The purpose of this guidebook is to assist library directors by:

  • Helping guide new directors with resources such as the Important Information Worksheet.
  • Clarifying the functions and responsibilities of the library director and working with the library board.
  • Describing the process for librarian certification, board certification, and library accreditation.
  • Noting the laws that relate to library operation.
  • Providing information for funding, grants, and budgeting resources.
  • Offering additional resources for basic technology topics, professional organizations, Nebraska libraries, planning, and more.

In all the public libraries in Nebraska, from those in small communities to those in large cities, all libraries have some things in common. But there is also a variety of ways in which they function and work with their local governments and communities. This Guidebook is intended to provide basic information and guidance. For links and resources found within the Guidebook, please refer to the Nebraska Library Commission's Website Policy.

For specific questions, you are encouraged to contact your Nebraska Regional Library System Director or the Nebraska Library Commission.

Holli Duggan
Continuing Education Coordinator
(402) 471-2694



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