Buffalo and Erie County Public Librarian Rating

Minimum Qualifications

Recency of Professional Training (Relative Weight = 3)

Recency of professional training is credited for those who EITHER have finished their professional training during the last five years OR who can demonstrate satisfactory involvement in continuing education during the last five years.

Satisfactory involvement in continuing education is defined as a pattern of participation in formal education programs, professional convocations, seminars, workshops, etc., which are offered to keep you abreast of the field of library science. The pattern must involve participation in at least one formal course, or in a combination of convocations, seminars, etc., equaling 24 contact hours in each of three of the five years. Activities may be credited if they are presented by a School of Library Science; a library or a library system; a local, state or national library association; or if the content of the activity focuses on equipment, supplies or problems directly related to the provision of library services to the public of a library.

Work experience in a library may be creditable for recency if it is:

  • post MLS
  • in a professional librarian position
  • within the last 5 years
  • cumulate to 1500 hours

Breadth of Professional Training (Relative Weight = 5)

Non-Book Studies

(Courses dealing with: audio visual materials and equipment, microform, films, filmstrips, recordings, maps, etc.)

  • LIS 513 Records Management
  • LIS 519 Selection, Acquisition and Management of Non-Book Materials
  • LIS 571 Organization and Control of Recorded Information

Electronic Data Processing Studies

(Courses dealing with: computerized information systems, machine-readable databases, etc.)

  • LIS 506 Introduction to Information Technology
  • LIS 561 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • LIS 562 Networking Technologies
  • LIS 563 Digital Libraries
  • LIS 566 Digital Information Retrieval*
  • LIS 568 Computer Applications in the School Library Media Center
  • LIS 569 Data Management Systems

Management/Administrative Studies

(Courses dealing with: planning and goal setting,budgeting, staffing, supervision,etc.)

  • LIS 581 Management of Libraries and Information Agencies
  • LIS 583 Public Libraries
  • LIS 585 School Library Media Centers
  • LIS 587 Collection Development

Special Population Reader Services Studies

(Courses dealing with: children's resources and services, young adult resources and services, handicapped population services, institutional population services, etc.)

  • LIS 534 Resources and Services for Children
  • LIS 535 Resources and Services for Young Adults
  • LIS 536 Multicultural and Special Population Materials for Children and Young Adults
  • LIS 542 Resources and Services for Adults
  • LIS 586 Health Science Librarianship *

Advanced Resource Studies in Special Literature

(Courses dealing with: humanities, social sciences, science and technology, government documents, law, etc.)

  • LIS 500 / 501 / 502 Special Topics **
  • LIS 512 Legal Information Sources
  • LIS 515 Information Sources and Services in the Sciences
  • LIS 516 Information Sources and Services in the Social Sciences
  • LIS 517 Information Sources and Services in the Humanities
  • LIS 520 Business Information Sources
  • LIS 522 International Publishing and Bibliography
  • LIS 566 Digital Information Retrieval *
  • LIS 567 Government Information
  • LIS 586 Health Science Librarianship *
  • LIS 588 / 589 Music Librarianship I & II

* NOTE: One course may not be used to satisfy a requirement under two categories.

** NOTE: Certain special topic courses may quailify in this category. Courses such as: Business Intelligence, Secondary Legal Sources, Materials of Legal Practice.

Under certain circumstances, independent study courses may be designed to qualify in above categories. The use of LIS 526 (Practicum), LIS 527 (Special Projects) or LIS 598 (Directed Study) for this purpose must have prior, written approval of the LIS Chair.

Breadth of Non-Library Science Education (Relative Weight = 1)

Credit may be claimed for:

  • Graduate level college study which was NOT credited toward meeting the minimum qualifications for this Librarian I Rating.
  • Graduate study in fields other than Library Science as long as it was NOT undertaken as part of your professional training.

To qualify for credit under this section, you must have successfully completed at least 12 semester hours or its equivalent of appropriate study. The amount of credit you receive will depend upon the number of semester credit hours completed beyond the 12 semester credit hour minimum.

Courses with a final grade of "C" or better, or a passed course taken on pass/fail basis may be claimed for credit.