|Public Library Certification|
Certification aids library boards and librarians in selecting competent personnel and gives the taxing bodies assurance that the public funds are spent for quality service. It improves the status of librarianship as a profession. The Certification Program for South Carolina Public Librarians was formalized in 1962 and is governed by State Law (Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976. Vol. 26, Rules and Regulations R75-2). The purpose of the program is to up-grade the public library profession in South Carolina. The program applies only to persons currently employed in full time positions in South Carolina public libraries. There are four types of certificates: Professional, Provisional Professional, Pre-Professional and Provisional Pre-Professional.
The Professional Certificate
The Professional certificate is issued to library staff who are graduates from an accredited undergraduate college or university, who have a degree from a graduate program of library study accredited by the American Library Association, and who are currently and have been employed in a professional full-time position in a public library for three years of continuous service.
The Provisional Professional Certificate
The Provisional Professional certificate is issued to library staff members who have less than three years of continuous full-time professional experience in a public library. Although the Provisional Professional certificate is valid for four years it can be exchanged for a permanent Professional certificate upon completion of three years of full-time public library experience.
The Pre-Professional Certificate
The Pre-Professional certificate is issued to library staff members who have satisfactorily completed a bachelor’s degree in a college or university approved by an agency of more than statewide standing and who have completed not less than 18 semester hours in library science. This certification is initially valid for five years and renewable by continuous full-time library experience and the successful completion of six semester hours in academic and/or library science courses. After five years’ experience and the additional six hours’ credit, the certification remains valid so long as the holder is continuously employed in a full-time library position.
The Provisional Pre-Professional Certificate
The Provisional Pre-Professional certificate is issued to library staff members who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a college or university of recognized standing. This certificate is valid for three years and renewable by continuous full-time library experience and successful completion of six semester hours of library science courses. After completion of 18 semester hours in library science, the Provisional certificate may be exchanged for the regular Pre-Professional certificate.
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