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Public Librarian


A librarian is an information professional trained in library and information science, which is the organization and management of information services or materials for those with information needs.

Certification Requirements:

Any person appointed to or employed in a permanent (part-time or full-time) professional librarian position in a public, free association or Indian library in New York State must hold an ACTIVE public librarian certificate issued by the New York State Education Department.

The Commissioner of Education defines the requirements for certification of public librarians in Commissioner's Regulation §90.7 and the requirements for the employment of library personnel working in public, free association, and Indian Libraries in Commissioner's Regulation §90.8.

Certifying Authority:

New York State Education Department
New York State Library, Division of Library Development
Public Librarian Certification
Cultural Education Center, Room 10B41
Albany, New York 12230

Standard Occupational Classification:

25-4022.00 - Librarians and Media Collections Specialists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1300
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: (800) 545-2433
Fax: (312) 440-9274
E-mail: [email protected]


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the certifying authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/9/21

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