Library Education Unit (LEU) Requirements 

Ongoing professional development is your responsibility and is required for renewal of public librarian certification.  All classes for LEU credits must be completed between the date your certificate was issued and when it expires.  In order to be included in your total, all workshops and classes must have received approval of LEU-eligibility prior to completion.

  • Professional Assistants must complete a total of 50 LEUs in five years; 10 or more of the total number of LEUs required  must be technology-related (TLEUs) if the certificate is renewed prior to January 1, 2022 and 20 or more of the total number of LEUs required must be TLEUs if the certificate is renewed January 1, 2022 or later.
  • Branch/Department Heads must complete a total of 75 LEUs in five years; 10 or more of the total number of LEUs required  must be technology-related (TLEUs) if the certificate is renewed prior to January 1, 2022 and 20 or more of the total number of LEUs required must be TLEUs if the certificate is renewed January 1, 2022 or later.
  • Directors must complete a total of 100 LEUs in five years; 10 or more of the total number of LEUs required  must be technology-related (TLEUs) if the certificate is renewed prior to January 1, 2022 and 20 or more of the total number of LEUs required must be TLEUs if the certificate is renewed January 1, 2022 or later.

Librarians holding multiple professional library positions during their 5-year license period must earn the number of LEUs required for the position they held the longest during the 5-year license period.

Certified librarians shall retain copies of LEU certificates of completion, or other written documentation of LEU completion, for a period of at least ninety (90) days from the end of the licensing period for which the continuing education applied. The State Library does not keep this information and will only request it from individuals whose files have been selected for random audit at certificate renewal.

 

LEU Providers

In addition to the workshops, conferences, and courses offered by the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Library recognizes other library training course providers as appropriate providers to offer opportunities to earn Library Education Units.  Providers with a blanket approval include but are not limited to ALA and ALA divisions, Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Federation of Genealogical Societies, Indiana Library Federation (ILF), Innovative Users Group, LYRASIS, OCLC, OverDrive Digipalooza, Polaris, SirsiDynix, TechSoup, The Library Corporation, and Urban Libraries Council, U.S. Census, and WebJunction.  College-level Library Science courses, such as those from Indiana University, IVY Tech are approved for LEUs also.  Please click here for the full list of approved providers who have blanket LEU approval for all of their offerings. Other library education providers must be evaluated and approved by the Indiana State Library and should submit a completed LEU Provider Application at least 30 days prior to the date of the program.

 

What Qualifies For LEUs?

LEU courses should be library related or specialist subjects of importance to library programming, services, or operations. Opportunities for LEUs are as follows:

Library science education courses from accredited colleges or universities

  • Credit and not for credit -1 semester credit hour = 15 LEUs
  • There is no limit to how many of these courses may be used to satisfy the continuing education requirements for any particular 5-year certificate period.
  • These courses do not require LEU provider pre-approval from the State Library.
  • An official college or university transcript showing courses taken during the 5-year certificate period will be proof of LEUs earned.
  • Note that only individuals holding a 5-year certificate are eligible to count LEUs from college courses.

 Local, state, and national library association or specialist-subject related conferences

  • 1 hour = 1 LEU
  • Must have prior LEU approval from the State Library if provider is not on the list of pre-approved providers.
  • In-state library organizations will likely issue LEUs. See below for information on documenting these LEUs when the conference is out of state, online, or not a library provider.

 Workshops, seminars, institutes, lectures, training by certified trainers

  • 1 hour = 1 LEU
  • Must have prior LEU approval from the State Library if provider is not on the list of pre-approved providers.
  • In-state library organizations will likely issue LEUs. See below for information on documenting these LEUs when the conference is out of state, online, or not a library provider.

Non-library related subjects of importance to library programming, services, or operations (For example, foreign language, sign language, etc.)

  • 1 hour = 1 LEU
  • Up to ten (10) LEUs may be earned per five (5) year certificate period.
  • Must have prior LEU approval from the State Library if provider is not on the list of pre-approved providers.
  • In-state library organizations will likely issue LEUs. See below for information on documenting these LEUs when the conference is out of state, online, or not a library provider.

Developing and delivering workshops for conferences, staff in-service training, or any other continuing education opportunity available to library professionals

  • 1 hour program = 1 LEU; 2 hour program = 2 LEUs, etc. (The number of LEUs that may be earned developing and delivering workshops matches hour for hour the length of the program.)
  • Up to five (5) LEUs per five (5) year certificate period may be earned developing and delivering workshops for conferences, staff in-service training, or any other continuing education opportunity available to library professionals.
  • If the program is technology related, the LEUs will be Technology LEUs (TLUEs).
  • The program agenda and LEU approval letter will serve as verification of LEUs. A completed LEU Provider Application will need to be submitted by the provider and approved by the State Library prior to the workshop. The application must be submitted at least 30 day prior to the date of the program.

External professional committee work

  • 1 hour = 1 LEU
  • Up to five (5) LEUs per five (5) year certificate period may be earned.
  • This includes serving on a professional organization committee or as a professional organization officer.
  • The organization or committee must be library related.
  • Participation in professional committee work does not require prior LEU approval from the Indiana state library.
  • The librarian seeking to use external committee or professional organization work is responsible for getting a certificate or obtaining documentation of hours from the committee or professional organization president, vice president, director, or associate director.

 Publishing in a peer reviewed journal

  • 2 or more page article = 5 LEUs
  • Up to five (5) LEUs per five (5) year certificate period for researching, writing, and publishing library-related articles in a peer reviewed journal
  • Publishing in a peer reviewed journal does not require prior LEU approval from the Indiana State Library.
  • A copy of the article in original form or provided by means of an Internet website address, if the article is online, will serve as verification of LEUs.

Professional Roundtable Meetings

  • 1 LEU per roundtable attended
  • Up to ten (10) LEUs per five (5) year certificate period may be earned for attending professional roundtable meetings.
  • Professional roundtables do not require prior LEU approval from the Indiana state library.
  • The host library shall create and award LEU certificates for all attending library professionals. The certificate must include the roundtable name and date; name of host library; participant’s name; that 1 LEU is awarded; and signature of host library director or director’s designee.
  • A qualifying professional roundtable meeting is a group of professional library staff meeting (for at least 1 hour) for the purpose of enhancing their professional development or for the purpose of gaining professional knowledge and insight that will be used for the benefit of their library.
  • Note that only individuals holding a 5-year certificate are eligible to count LEUs from professional roundtable meetings.

 

How do I apply for LEU approval of my workshop, conference, or staff day?

If your library or organization is planning workshops for public librarians, please download and submit the Application for Library Education Unit Provider (Revised 2014).  Please allow up to 30 days for an approval decision. Contact StatewideServices@library.IN.gov with questions.

 

How do I document LEUs for national and out-of-state in-person conferences?

Please see the list of Training Providers Approved by ISL for LEUs.  This list includes in-person and virtual conferences.

  1. As you have done in the past after attending an in-person conference, fill out the Indiana Librarian Conference Form.  Write your session synopses and retain any conference programs or documentation we could refer to in the event of an audit (e.g. confirmation of registration, conference program, etc).  Because organizations do not keep their conference information online for more than a few months, we will need something to which we can refer.
  2. Based on the sessions you attended, count up the LEUs you earned.  LEUs are awarded hour-for-hour for eligible sessions lasting longer than 30 minutes.  LEUs round up to 2 after 90 minutes.  LEUs round up to 3 after 2.5 hours, and so forth.
  3. File these documents with your other LEUs. DO NOT send them in to the State Library. You will not receive a certificate from the State Library after national and out-of-state conferences.  You will only need to turn them in to the State Library if you are notified your file has been selected for random audit.  If you are not notified as such, please do not send in this paperwork.

 

What conference events are eligible for LEUs?

Keynote speeches and author talks, as well as standard workshops are eligible.  Eligible sessions must have a specified learning objective and make a contribution to the field of professional librarianship. Sessions eligible for Technology LEUs (TLEUs) will consist of training on software or devices, instruction on social media, and so forth.  Sessions pertaining to policies on or funding for technology (not how to use a product) are eligible for general LEUs.  If you are not sure, consult the Certification Manual for Indiana Public Library Professionals or contact the ISL Certification Program Director (317-234-6217 or 800-451-6028 [Indiana only] or StatewideServices@library.IN.gov).

 

What conference events are ineligible for LEUs?  

Business meetings, conference registrations and orientations, time spent at vendor booths, and social events without a speaker are NOT eligible for LEUs.

If you plan to attend a conference not listed on Training Providers Approved by ISL for LEUs, please contact the ISL Certification Program Director (317-234-6217 or 800-451-6028 [Indiana only] or StatewideServices@library.IN.gov) to confirm the event’s LEU-eligibility.  All events are not automatically approved for LEUs.  Also, please request LEU approval at least 30 days in advance of events not already pre-approved. Training that has not been pre-approved by ISL is not eligible for LEUs and any certificates participants receive from unapproved training will not be honored.

 

How do I document LEUs for Live and Archived virtual conference sessions or webinars?

Any time a staff member views an online event (or a library purchases a site license for an online event) by any of the Training Providers Approved by ISL for LEUs, the library’s designee in an administrative or Human Resources role shall create and award LEU certificates in-house.

IMPORTANT:  Some webinar providers will issue certificates; many will not.  If you do not receive a certificate, please follow the instructions below for creating them in-house. If you receive a certificate from an approved provider and it references Professional Growth Points (PGPs), CEUs, Contact Hours, or CPDUs instead of LEUs, this is still acceptable.  Only Indiana public libraries use the term LEUs (non-library organizations in Indiana, as well as libraries and other organizations outside Indiana, use other terms).  

LEUs are awarded hour-for-hour for eligible sessions lasting longer than 30 minutes.  LEUs round up to 2 after 90 minutes.  LEUs round up to 3 after 2.5 hours (and so forth).

Certificates generated in-house may be formatted any way you choose, so long as they contain the following elements:

  • Participant’s name
  • Event/Workshop provider’s name
  • Event/Workshop name, date, and number of LEUs obtained
  • Proctor/Supervisor’s written name, professional title, and signature (In the case of a Library Director, the HR manager or the President of the Board of Trustees should sign the certificate).

Download a Sample LEU Certificate

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