Continuing Education for Public Librarian Certification

Introduction | Providers and Opportunities | Topics | Continuing Education Record

The New York State Board of Regents revised Commissioner's Regulation § 90.7 regarding certification of public librarians. Public librarian professional certificates issued as of January 1, 2010, and thereafter shall only remain valid when 60 hours of professional development are completed every five-year period. Such periods will be defined as every five years from the initial certificate date.

A wide range of options for professional development is available. Approved programs from accepted providers include formal classes or courses, workshops, seminars, lectures, institutes, webinars, e-courses, library conference programs, or other relevant programs. As stipulated in Commissioner's Regulation § 90.7(c)(1), curriculum from "any other institution or provider as pre-approved by the employing library, employing library system or the State Education Department" can fulfill the professional development requirement.

Additionally, these 60 hours may include up to 12 hours accomplished through:

  • Supervised internship(s) for which no academic credit is awarded.
  • Instructional activities that include relevant content both created by and delivered by the public librarian professional certificate holder.
  • A supervised professional development project in a relevant content area for which no academic credit is awarded.

These activities must be documented by a letter of completion authorizing this qualifying credit.

Professional development topics offered by libraries, library systems, library associations, and other course providers have been identified below to help guide librarians to acceptable courses and activities.

Certificates or transcripts showing successful completion of courses are acceptable forms of documentation, as are letters from a supervisor indicating completion of a program or project.

Disclaimer: The providers and course opportunities sections in these pages are not inclusive, and there may be other topics relevant to individual libraries and situations. Contact your public library system or the New York State Library for further information.

Potential Providers and Course Opportunities

Continuing Education Providers

The New York State Library developed a listing of continuing education providers in the field of library and information science. While this listing offers guidance on the types of training currently available from these sources, it is not inclusive. Current offerings pertaining to continuing education and library careers may be found at local library systems and library associations.

Library Associations and Organizations

Professional Development Topics for Public Librarians

These topics are among suggested training opportunities offered by many providers.

Administration
Adult Services
Archives and Special Collections
Automation
Awareness & Advocacy
Budget/Finance
Cataloging & Bibliographic Control
Children’s Services
Collection Development & Management
Copyright
Conservation/Preservation
Construction
Customer Service
Digital Libraries
Digitization
Diversity Training
Grantwriting/Project Management
Human Resources/Personnel Management
Information Commons
Intellectual Freedom/Censorship
Leadership
Library Design
Literacy
Management & Supervision
Marketing/Branding
Mentoring
Outreach
Planning & Evaluation

Program Planning
Project Management
Public Relations
Reader Advisory
Records Management
Reference/Virtual Reference Services
Resource Sharing
Social Networking & Collaboration
Special Client Populations
Subject Specialization
Technology
Trustee/Council Training
Working with Older Adults
Young Adult & Youth Services

Continuing Education Record

The form below may be used to document your continuing education activities. Please do not submit this form to the New York State Education Department unless requested to do so.

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Disclaimer: The providers and course opportunities sections in these pages are not inclusive, and there may be other topics relevant to individual libraries and situations. Contact your public library system or the New York State Library for further information.

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