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Crystal Lake library director earns rare national certification

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Public Library Kathryn I. Martens has completed the Certified Public Library Administrator program to become one of fewer than 60 in the nation with such a credential. 

Certified Public Library Administrator is the first national certification program for public librarians holding a master’s of library
science degree and a minimum of three years’ experience.

The certification by the Allied Professional Association will “enable public librarians to improve the quality of library service through the provision of practical knowledge and skills essential to successful library management,” the association said in a news release.

Participants must pass four core courses and three electives. Nationwide, there are only 58 Certified Public Library Administrator graduates.

Martens has been director of the Crystal Lake Public Library for 21 years. She has master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“The Library Board is very happy that Kathryn I. Martens is continuing her education within the Library system,” Library Board President John Engebretson said in a news release. “A number of the sections that she has completed during her course work with the Certified Public Library Administrator program have been extremely helpful to us as we continue to plan for the library’s future.”

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