Kansas City Metropolitan

Library & Information Network

Library Paraprofessional Certification Program


The Library Paraprofessional Certification Program is a program being offered by the Kansas City Metropolitan Library & Inforamtion Network (KCMLIN).  It is tailored to provide essential skills for staff currently in paraprofessional roles and those who are working toward this goal. 


To complete the Paraprofessional Certification Program, each participant must take a minimum of six required and four elective courses of your choice.  If you have taken coures that have been used as a part of another certification program, they cannot be used in this program as well.  You must take different selections in order to broaden your knowledge and skills.  Since all the classes in the Administrator level are "required", it is suggested that you do not take these as part of the Paraprofessional Certification program if you are planning on completing the Administrator Certification Program as well.


Please remember that these courses are not offered at all times.  As instructors come and go, course names may also be changed to reflect the request of an instructor.  If you have any questions whether a class fulfills the need of the program, please contact the KCMLIN office.  Half day workshops are worth 1/2 credit toward your completion and full day workshops are worth a full credit.



Required Courses 


  - Introduction to Library Service for Paraprofessionals

  - Extremely Basic Reference

  - How to Deal With Difficult People

  - Exceptional Customer Service

  - Introduction to Library Bibliographic Services

  - Introduction to the Internet & Electronic Resources

          - Students can choose either two half-day or one full day course from the following offerings to meet this


                 -  Introduction to Search Engines  (1/2 day)

                 -  Intermediate Search Engines  (1/2 day)

                 -  Blogs, Wikis & Emerging Trends (1/2 day)

                 -  Introduction to the Internet (1/2 day)

                 -  Intermediate Internet (1/2 day)

                 -  Tangled Web (1/2 day)

                 -  Developing Your Database Search Skills (1/2 day)

                 -  Introduction to Googling (1/2 day)


Elective Courses


Acquisitions Workshop
Audio Visual Materials Repair
Basic Computers & Troubleshooting
Beyond ADA - Serving the Disabled Community
Beyond the Basics Reference
Book Repair Basics
Children's Workshop
Collection Development
Consumer Health Resources on the Internet
Developing a Training Program (How to Develop a Training Program)
Exploring Government Documents
Finding Your Native American Ancestors
Fish! Philosophy!
Getting Graphic - Using Graphic Novels to Promote Library Services
GPO Access
Grammar for Business
How to be a Professional Paraprofessional
Human Resource Reference on the Web & in Print
International Fiction
Introduction to Library Technical Services
Introduction to Religious Reference Resources
Introduction to Social Science Reference Resources
Legal Resources on the Internet
Library Security Workshop
Literary Reference Workshop
MARRT - Mystery Workshop
MARRT - Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop
MARRT - Westward Ho Workshop
Motivating Employees During Difficult Times (Employee Motivation)
Powerful Presentation Skills Workshop
Programming for Reading
Public Library Copyright Workshop
Reader's Advisory I - Facts About Fiction
Reader's Advisory II - More Facts About Fiction
Reader's Advisory III
Reader's Advisory on the Web and in Print
Reference Round Up
Resources for Budget Travel
Senior Potential
Serving the African American Community
Serving the Asian Community
Serving the Gay/Lesbian Community
Serving the Latino Population
Teambuilding & Meyers Briggs
Teambuilding for the Workplace
Time Management Workshop
Weeding Your Library Collection
What!  We’re Meeting Again?
Working with Volunteers
Young Adult Workshop


15624 E. US Highway

Independence, MO  64050


(816) 521-7257

Fax:  816-461-0966

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Contact KCMLIN: sburton@kcmlin.org

Last Updated 1/21/06

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