The 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:
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:
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 over 40 years of public library administrative experience to the program. A variety of qualified faculty,outside experts and specialists in the areas of law, accounting, labor relations, facilities services, and library technologies 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 (LIS 700-704). The program is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Program Sites
The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public Library Administration is offered at public library systems throughout the state of New York. Sites have included Queens Library, Westchester Library System, Mid-Hudson Library System, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Nassau Library System,Suffolk Cooperative Library System and Monroe County and Pioneer Library Systems.Contact Us
Jerry Nichols, Director
Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548-1300
For Gainful Employment information, visit www.liu.edu/ge.