NYCRR TITLE 8 - EDUCATION

§90.7 Certificates for librarians in registered public, free association and Indian libraries (amended December 23, 2008, effective as of January 8, 2009)

(a) Professional certificates. Public librarian's professional certificates shall be granted to those who pay the statutory fee per Education Law 279 and:

(1) have submitted evidence that they hold a graduate library degree from a library school located within New York State which is registered by the State Education Department, or from a library school program which is accredited by the American Library Association; or

(2) hold a conditional certificate and have completed at least six graduate credits in library science from a library school program which has been accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the department, and two years of satisfactory professional experience in a public library located within the United States.

(b) Conditional certificate.

(1) A holder of a librarian's certificate or license evincing the completion of professional training and college education in a degree course or courses of no less than five years of postsecondary study, issued by an agency located outside of the United States may apply for a conditional certificate. The applicant shall submit full documentation of all postsecondary study, of degrees or credentials awarded therefor, and of the librarian's certificate or license to be evaluated. If, upon review of such documentation, the department determines that the applicant's preparation is equivalent to requirements for a professional librarian degree from a library school which is registered by the State Education Department or which program is accredited by the American Library Association, a conditional certificate may be issued for a period of two years. Such conditional certificate shall be valid for appointment to a beginning level professional position. The conditional certificate may be reissued at any future date for one, and only one, additional two-year period upon presentation of evidence that the holder has completed, within the preceding two years:

(i) at least three graduate credits in library science from a library school accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the department; or

(ii) six months of satisfactory professional experience in a public library located within the United States, as certified by the director of such public library.

(2) A holder of a graduate library degree from a library school outside New York State which is, at the time of graduation, a regionally accredited institution of higher education may apply for a conditional certificate. The certificate is issued for a period of two years. Such conditional certificate may be reissued at any future date for one, and only one, additional two-year period, upon presentation of evidence that the holder has completed, within the preceding two years:

(i) at least three graduate credits in library science from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association or registered by the department; or

(ii) six months of satisfactory professional experience in a public library located within the United States, as certified by the director of such public library.

(3) The applicant shall pay a statutory fee per Education Law 279 for the evaluation of credentials pursuant to this subdivision and the issuance of a conditional certificate

(c) Professional development requirements for public librarian certificate holders employed by a library or library system.  Public librarian’s professional certificates issued as of January 1, 2010, and thereafter shall only remain valid when 60 hours of professional development is completed every five year period.  Such periods will be defined as every five years from the initial certificate date.

(1) Professional development activities will include those activities relevant to library science, information science, computer science, management, public administration, public relations, human relations, human resources, education or any other relevant subject areas as pre-approved by the employing library, employing library system or the State Education Department consisting of:

  1. Up to 60 hours of:
    1. Formal classes or courses
    2. Workshops
    3. E-courses
    4. Seminars
    5. Institutes
    6. Lectures
    7. State or national library association conference programs
    8. Any other program format or content as pre-approved by the employer or the State Education Department

  2. These 60 hours may include up to 12 hours of:
    1. Supervised internship(s) for which no academic credit is awarded.
    2. Instructional activities that include relevant content both created by and delivered by the public librarian professional certificate holder.
    3. A supervised professional development project in a relevant content area for which no academic credit is awarded.

(2) Professional development activities may be provided by:

  1. A university or college registered by the State Education Department or recognized by an approved regional or national accrediting agency.
  2. A government agency
  3. A state or national library association
  4. A public library system
  5. A reference and research library resources system
  6. A school library system
  7. Any other institution or provider as pre-approved by the employing library, employing library system, or the State Education Department.

(d) Professional development requirements for public librarian professional certificate holders not employed in a library or library system.

(1) Public librarian professional certificate holders not employed by a library or library system must complete professional development activities every five years at a rate reduced by ten percent for every year the public librarian professional certificate holder is not employed by a library or library system.

(e) Lapse in practice.

(1) Temporary Certificate.

  1. A holder of a professional certificate who has not completed the 60 hours of professional development within the five-year period may apply for a temporary certificate.
  2. A holder of a professional certificate who is found through audit to have insufficient or unacceptable evidence of completion of the professional development requirements as set forth in subdivisions (c) and (d) of this section from the previous five year period may apply for a temporary certificate.
  3. Such temporary certificate shall be valid for appointment to any level public, free association and Indian librarian position in a library or library system in the same manner as the professional certificate.
  4. Such temporary certificate will be valid for one year from date of issuance or until such time as the required professional development activities are completed, whichever occurs first.
  5. The applicant shall pay a statutory fee per Education Law 279 for each temporary certificate.
  6. The applicant may apply for a temporary certificate at anytime.
  7. The holder of a temporary certificate must submit evidence of completion of the professional development requirements as set forth in subdivisions (c) and (d) of this section that are lacking from the previous five year period, as well as one contact hour per month during the period of temporary certification in order to be reinstated as a holder of a valid professional certificate.
  8. The Commissioner shall determine the format, content and the criteria for approval of a temporary certificate application.

Statutory authority: Education Law, §§ 207-208, 215, 253-268, 271-273, 273-a, 282, 283, 284, 285; L. 1978, ch. 787, L. 1993 Ch 260, §§ 1, 3

Last reviewed: March 15, 2010

Last Updated: August 17, 2010 -- asm