Public Librarians

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All individuals employed as a Professional Public Librarian or Public Library Director are required to hold a Maryland Educator Certificate. To apply, please work directly with your Staff Development Coordinator. 

Professional Public Librarian
To qualify for certification as a Professional Public Librarian, an applicant must have a Master's degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association.  

To renew a Public Librarian certificate, the certificate holder must complete 6 semester hours or their equivalent in an accredited institution or in an in-service program in one of the following areas:
  • Management and supervision
  • Information technology
  • Reference or technical services
  • Other subjects relevant to the professional assignment of the librarian

Professional Public Library Director
To qualify for certification as a Professional Public Library Director, an applicant must have a Master's degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association and 5 years of experience as a professional librarian with at least 2 years of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity.  

To renew a Professional Public Library Director certificate, the certificate holder must complete 6 semester hours or their equivalent in an accredited institution or in an in-service program in the following areas:
  • Library management
  • Administration
  • Other subjects relevant to the professional assignment of the Professional Library Director