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.

  • The LEA “must employ at least one certified Library Science educator when providing a school library program.” A LEA (local education agency) is defined as “a board of education or other legally constituted local school authority having administrative control and direction of public elementary or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or political subdivision in a state, or any other public educational institution or agency having administrative control and direction of a career and technical education program. This term includes state correctional education agencies. (PDE, Glossary of child accounting terms, p. 4)
  • A library paraprofessional aide
  • “cannot perform duties that are reserved to the certified school Library Science educator”
  • “cannot be utilized to operate a school library independently”
  • “may perform book exchange functions and non-instructional library activities under the direction of the certified Library Science educator” (PDE, Library science, p.2)


American Association of School Librarians. (June 25, 2016). Appropriate staffing for school libraries. Retrieved from

 Pennsylvania Department of Education. (June 2008). Glossary of child accounting terms. Retrieved from

Pennsylvania Department of Education. (April 1, 2018). Library science. Retrieved from