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Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration

Palmer School of Library and Information ScienceThe challenges faced by today’s public library administrators require a solid foundation of training and experience. The Palmer School’s post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Library Administration is designed to develop and enhance the management skills and credentials of professional librarians working within the public library sector and to train the leaders of tomorrow.

The program offers students interested in public library administration a comprehensive education based on practical experience in the critical aspects of managing a public library.

The Public Library Administrator's Certificate program consists of five courses that carry graduate academic credit and culminate in an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration, recognized by the New York State Education Department. The program is designed to:

  • Provide a solid management education program for public library administrators
  • Update librarians on new management principles and organizational structures
  • Integrate these concepts and illustrate their practical application within the public library setting
  • Explore current issues and trends in public library management and improve leadership skills within the workplace
  • Provide a forum where important management issues germane to public librarians can be discussed in light of the theoretical constructs covered with this program

Career Opportunities

The growing complexity of public institutions has forced governing boards to become far more selective in choosing their administrators. A working understanding of the law, human resources, finance and facilities is now a fundamental requirement for public library administrators as directors or middle managers. The certificate program of the Palmer Institute covers all content areas required in the New York State Public Library Director civil service examination series. The program has been recognized by the New York State Education Department as a formally approved N.Y.S. Certificate of Advanced Studies.

Program Requirements

The Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration encompasses five required courses. The same level of effort is required, however, only three-credit courses are eligible for transfer to other graduate-level programs:

  • LIS 700 Principles of Public Library Organization and Management
  • LIS 701 Seminar in Legal Issues and the Regulatory/Governance Environment of the Public Library
  • LIS 702 Human Resources Administration in the Public Library
  • LIS 703 Financial Management of Public Libraries
  • LIS 704 Public Library Facilities; Automation Systems and Telecommunications

Faculty

The lead instructor and originator of the program is Gerald Nichols, director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management. Mr. Nichols, former director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, brings nearly 40 years of public library administrative experience to the program. A variety of qualified faculty and outside experts and specialists in the areas of law, accounting, labor relations, facilities services, and library techologies supplement the teaching staff. The goal of this rigorous program is to equip practicing librarians with the specific means to handle management challenges in today's public libraries.

Admission

Entrance to the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Library Administration is limited to working professionals who either hold, or aspire to, executive management positions in public libraries. All applicants should hold a relevant master’s degree (the Master of Science in Library and Information Science – M.S.L.I.S.) and a minimum of two years experience in public libraries. The Public Library Administrator’s Certificate is designed as a post-M.S.L.I.S “cohort” program, where students register with the intent to complete all five courses as a group (LIS700-704). The program is often coordinated with regional public library systems acting as partners with the Palmer School to assure a focused and meaningful educational experience for the participants. For more information on admission to the program, contact Gerald Nichols at 516-299-2867 or email gerald.nichols@liu.edu.

Program Sites

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Library Administration is offered at public library systems throughout the state of New York, including Queens Library, Westchester Library System, Mid-Hudson Library System, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Nassau Library System and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System.

Contact Us

Gerry Nichols, Director
Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
Phone: 516-299-2867
Fax: 516-299-4168
E-mail: gerald.nichols@liu.edu

For Gainful Employment information, visit www.liu.edu/ge.