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Library Outreach/ LSTA | Training Opportunities | ABLE and SABLE


A project of the Idaho State Library, ABLE is Idaho's Alternative Basic Library Education Program. It was designed to help library staff members who have no formal education in library science to acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to operate or work in a library. It includes modules in collection development, technical services, and public services. SABLE supplements the basic program, providing modules on youth services, outreach and interlibrary loan. Print out the completion certificate at the end of the class to receive CE credit.


Welcome to Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) — a free, online learning platform that provides basic library knowledge and skills for library workers who have no formal education in library science. The ABLE program is not designed to replace university-level training in library science and no college credit is offered. Anyone interested in improving their knowledge of library basics is welcome to take these courses. At the end of each course, once you successfully pass the final test, you will be prompted to print a certificate of completion.

ABLE has been providing library basics for library staff world-wide since 1998. Over 5,000 ABLE Course Completion Certificates have been printed and distributed to individuals in 32 countries.

ICFL: ABLE courses include:

  • Collection Development Sequence
  • Technical Services Sequence
  • Public Services Sequence

Upon completing all three sequences of the ABLE program, any learner may request a program completion certificate from the Idaho Commission for Libraries.


The free, online (SABLE) program provides additional resources in library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. This program is a supplement to the ABLE courses. SABLE is not designed to replace university-level training in library science and no college credit is offered.

ICFL: SABLE courses include:

  • Early Childhood Services
  • Services to School Aged Children
  • Young Adult (YA) Services
  • Special Courses:
    • Cataloging Music Sound Recordings
    • Interlibrary Loan
    • Merchandising

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Kathleen Slocum.

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