School Library System Director Appointment Procedures

Education requirements for the School Library System (SLS) coordinator/director State-aided position and the position functions are included in the Regulations of the Commissioner 90.18. Educational agencies (BOCES/Big 5 Cities) must obtain State Education Department approval from the New York State Library before the educational agency's Board of Education formally appoints a candidate to the School Library System coordinator/director position.  This approval is required in order to assure that all regulatory requirements are met prior to the formal appointment.

The coordinator/director of a School Library System shall hold a school library media specialist certificate with a minimum of three years of experience and be eligible to possess either a School Building Leader (SBL) or School Administrator and Supervisor (SAS) educational leadership certificate within three years from appointment date. [More information on the above and other certificates.] The educational agency should forward the following items to the New York State Library for review and approval prior to appointment of the SLS coordinator/director:

  • a copy of the candidate's New York State library media specialist certificate, and/or other certifications
  • copy of the candidate's résumé

Once written approval from the Division of Library Development is received, the candidate’s name may be forwarded to the agency’s Board of Education for appointment. Once the candidate is appointed to the school library system coordinator/director position, the educational agency files with the New York State Library:

  • a copy of the agency’s Board minutes pertaining to the appointment or a certified statement from the clerk of the BOCES/Big 5 Cities Board of Education.

The new director will be contacted by a Division of Library Development staff member to schedule an orientation visit to the New York State Library.

All materials should be sent to:

Mary Linda Todd, Library Development Specialist II
New York State Library
Division of Library Development
Room 10B41, CEC
Albany, NY 12230

For further information, please contact Mary Linda Todd at the Division of Library Development at (518) 474-7890.

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Last Updated: September 16, 2014 -- asm; for questions or comments contact Mary Linda Todd