Minimum Standards: Director Personnel Requirements in Populations 10,000 and up

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 of 10,000 and up.

Compliance Area Minimum Requirement Compliance Required
General and Professional Education Hold a master's degree from an ALA accredited Library Science program Upon appointment
Experience Have experience in library work including supervisory experience Upon appointment
Certification Hold a certificate of Professional Librarianship issued by the Board of Library Commissioners Upon appointment

Citations:MGL c.78 s.19B(4) and 605 CMR 4.01(4);

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