PSLA Position Statement - Certification Staffing Policy Guideline 48 – Library Science
The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) supports the Certification Staffing Policy Guideline No. 48 “Library Science” as published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) on April 1, 2018. While this is a guideline and may or may not be enforced by PDE, it is the position of the PSLA, as also stated by the American Association of School Librarians (June 25, 2016), that “every school building at every grade level should have access to a fully staffed library throughout the school day” which includes “one or more certified school librarians” and technical and clerical staff.
Certification Staffing Policy Guidelines (CSPGs) are reviewed periodically and published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide guidance and clarification of appropriate certificates for staffing professional positions in public schools. CSPGs include articulation of the grade level and content scope of certificate subject areas, certificate assignment, and special considerations. The 2018 revision of CSPG NO. 48 includes clarifications that recommend the following.
American Association of School Librarians. (June 25, 2016). Appropriate staffing for school libraries. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslissues/positionstatements/AASL_Position%20Statement_Appropriate%20Staffing_2016-06-25.pdf
Pennsylvania Department of Education. (June 2008). Glossary of child accounting terms. Retrieved fromhttp://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Teachers-Administrators/Child%20Accounting/General%20Information/ChildAcctg%20Glossary.pdf
Pennsylvania Department of Education. (April 1, 2018). Library science. Retrieved from http://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/Staffing%20Guidelines/StaffingGuidelines/CSPG%2048.pdf