Public Library Administrator’s Certificate Program

SCLS is partnering with the Palmer Institute of Public Library Organization and Management to once again offer the Public Library Administrator’s Certificate Program to regional library managers and other interested library staff at a reasonable cost. The registration form is attached.

This certificate program is a five course, fifteen-credit graduate level management training program for public library administrators that will lead to an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration recognized by the New York State Education Department.

Each course will be offered in a series of 2 1/2 hour sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm at the Brentwood Public Library.  The first course is anticipated to begin on September 12, 2017.

The courses will be offered in this order:

  • LIS 700 Principles of Public Library Organization and Management
  • LIS 701 Legal Issus in Public Library Administration
  • LIS 702 Human Resources Administration in the Public Library
  • LIS 703 Financial Management of Public Libraries
  • LIS 704 Administration of Public Library Facilities and Technology


Gerald Nichols is the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization & Management and is responsible for the content and delivery of the program.  Additional experienced library administrators, adjunct faculty and content experts will be used from time to time to enhance the educational experience of participants.


Initial Registration must be made through the Suffolk Cooperative Library System.  (See attached registration form.)  Admissions procedures for LIU will be sent to participants by the Program Director.  Class size is limited to 25 students.  Students will be admitted on a first come; first served basis.


The cost for the first course in the fall of 2017 will be $1,350.00 per student.  There will be moderate price increases thereafter.  Tuition is paid through the Suffolk Cooperative Library System; not LIU.  Payment to SCLS is due no later than August 25, 2017.


What credits will I receive?

  • These are accredited graduate courses. You will receive three credits upon the completion of each course from Long Island University. You will receive a New York State Education Department Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration from LIU upon completion of the full program.

Do I need an MLS?

  • Yes. The courses are designed for working professionals who either hold or aspire to executive management positions in public libraries. At least two years professional experience is recommended.

Will the certificate program give me civil service credit?

  • Yes. The certificate program covers all content areas required by the NYS Civil Service Public Library Administration examination series and fulfills the graduate administration training component of the test for candidates without a second master’s degree in business or public administration.

How long has the program been offered?

  • The program has been offered in the Long Island region since 1995. Many of our region’s top library administrators have graduated from the program.

How long will it take to complete the five courses?

  • One course will be offered each semester, not including the summer. Typically the five courses take 2 1/2 years to complete.

Do I need to take all five of the courses?

  • Completion of all five courses is necessary to receive the Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration.  Preference is given to applicants that will be taking the whole program though students are not required to commit to all five courses.

What topics will be covered in the first course?

  • Topics covered in the Principles of Public Library Organization and Management include practical approaches to management and organization, the planning process, establishing policy, decision making, and leadership principles. The seminar will also address such specific issues as assessing community needs, public and governmental relations, cooperative ventures, leadership and management systems, current issues, professional ethics, and censorship.

Who do I contact for additional information?

Samantha Alberts at: (reply in comments for e-mail)

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