The State Library sponsors two certification programs for Iowa library directors and staff. The programs are intended to:
- Improve library service in Iowa by developing the skills of public library directors and staff
- Provide recognition for public librarians
- Enhance the public image of librarians and libraries
- Provide guidelines that public library boards may use in developing staff hiring policies
Public Library Director Certification is designed for public library directors in Iowa to meet Standard 20, a Tier One requirement in the State Library's Standards and Accreditation program and also to encourage improvement in library service by acquiring, developing, and maintaining their skills.
Public Library Staff Certification is designed for public library staff in Iowa, and encourages them to acquire, develop, and maintain their skills in order to improve library service in Iowa.