Minimum Standards: Director Personnel Requirements in Populations Under 10,000
Massachusetts General Laws state that a library must "employ trained library personnel in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Board of Library Commissioners."
"Trained library personnel" is defined in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations as a library director who has achieved a specified level of education and experience. These requirements are scaled to the population size of the municipality. Directors must also hold a certificate of librarianship from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
The following is a list of the minimum Director Personnel requirements for municipalities with populations under 10,000.
|Compliance Area||Minimum Requirement||Compliance Required|
|General Education||Hold a bachelor's degree||Upon appointment|
|Special Library Training||Complete the Basic Library Techniques special training in the following topics:
|Complete the Basic Library Techniques special training within five years from date of appointment|
|Certification||Hold a certificate of Subprofessional Librarianship issued by the Board of Library Commissioners||Either: upon appointment, if there is prior library work experience, or,
after six months if there is no prior library work experience
Citations:MGL c.78 s.19B(4) and 605 CMR 4.01(4);