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:



Materials Selection


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);

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