Libraries are typically formed as special purpose governments focused on providing access to information for citizens. As such, the approach to the financial management requires a different perspective than most local governments.
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia has created an online certification program to meet this unique need. The program is comprised of six courses. Content includes budgeting, accounting, internal control, financial policies, purchasing and payroll.
All classes will be delivered using Group Internet Based (webinar) and self-study methods. Prior to each webinar session, participants will be enrolled into an online course. To access the content, students will receive login information. Prior to each live webinar, participants will read required content and watch required videos. To receive credit for each course, the participant must successfully pass an online exam. To earn a certificate, participants must successfully complete all six courses in the program within a three-year time frame. Once certification is achieved, 12 hours of approved continuing education are required every two years to maintain certification.
Courses are priced individually. Participant must register and pay for each course prior to attendance.
Instructors are experts in government finance. The lead instructor worked as a Business Manager for a large metro-Atlanta library system. That experience informed the development of this certification program. Fifty-two Georgia library business managers and library directors have successfully completed the certification. Find out more about the instructors Tracy Arner, Beth Horacek, John Hulsey, and Dave Lakly.