Greetings library colleagues,
Mike Reilly of the Bureau of Library Development’s (BLD) State Aid team has been working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality (BSLTQ) to better understand PDE’s certification process for public librarians. As a result, a webpage has been added to the Teacher Information Management System (TIMS) website that includes an FAQ for public librarian certification, certification tables, and associated links that will be useful for the certification process. Additionally, BLD’s certification extension form has been revised to reflect updated information provided by BSLTQ and is available on our website and LibPAS. Please only use the updated form for future extension requests and discard all older versions. The State Aid team also created a Librarian Certification page on the State Aid Resources LibGuide that includes the link to the TIMS site as well as other general information about certification.
Heather Sharpe, MLIS | Director, Bureau of Library Development
Office of Commonwealth Libraries | Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street | 11th Floor | Harrisburg PA 17126
Office: 717.783.0565 | Mobile: 717.903.1819 | www.statelibrary.pa.gov
The Bureau of Library Development (BLD) in the Office of Commonwealth Libraries supports libraries and library services for Pennsylvanians through the administration of state and federally funded programs and grant opportunities including LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), Library Access, LAMP (Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians), the Public Library Subsidy, and Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities. BLD also provides advisory services, professional development, and continuing education for library staff and volunteer leadership at public, school, academic, and special libraries.
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