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NEW JERSEY STATUTES ANNOTATED


TITLE 45. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS


CHAPTER 8A. LIBRARIANS, LIBRARY ASSISTANTS, ETC.

N.J.S.A.
45:8A-1. Professional librarian's certificate

The State Board of Examiners shall, upon application, issue to any person a professional librarian's certificate to act as a professional librarian if he shall be a graduate from a library school accredited by the State Board of Education and shall meet such other requirements as shall be fixed by the State Board of Education for the issuance of such certificates except that the State Board of Examiners shall, upon application, issue such certificate to any person holding, at the time this act becomes effective, a professional office, or position, that requires for adequate performance the knowledge and techniques of library science as taught in accredited library schools, in any library within this State supported in whole or in part by public funds, except in a library under the charge and control of a board of education, provided such application is made within three years from the effective date of this act or in the case of a veteran of World War II or a member of the American Merchant Marine during World War II who is declared by the United States Department of Defense to be eligible for federal veterans' benefits, such a certificate shall be issued to any person holding such a professional office or position, who has held the same since November l, 1957, provided application is made within 30 days of the enactment of this 1988 amendatory act.

L.1947, c. 132, § 1. Amended by L.1956, c. 152, § 2; L.1969, c. 83, § 1; L.1991, c. 389, § 31.

N.J.S.A.
45:8A-2. Rules and regulations; fee

The State Board of Education shall make and enforce rules and regulations for the granting of such certificates for the issuance of each of which a fee of not less than $5.00 shall be charged.

L.1947, c. 132, § 2. Amended by L.1956, c. 152, § 3.

N.J.S.A.
45:8A-3. Public library officials may require certificates; persons already employed

The officer or body having charge and control of any library within this State supported in whole or in part by public funds, except a board of education, may, in its discretion, require, and any officer or body having charge and control of any such library serving any municipality or group of municipalities having a population of 10,000 inhabitants or over, except a board of education, shall require that any person hereafter employed in such library in any professional office or position, that requires for adequate performance the knowledge and techniques of library science as taught in accredited library schools, shall hold a professional librarian's certificate issued by the State Board of Examiners as provided in this act. No such officer or body shall terminate the employment of or refuse to continue the employment or re-employment of any person holding a professional office or position at the time this act becomes effective for the reason that such person is not the holder of any such certificate.

L.1947, c. 132, § 3. Amended by L.1956, c. 152, § 4.

N.J.S.A.
45:8A-4. School district employees not exempted from other requirements

Nothing in this act shall be construed to exempt any employee of any school district from obtaining any other certificate prescribed by the State Board of Education as a requirement for the holding of any office, position, or employment in the public schools.

L.1947, c. 132, § 4.

EDITORIAL NOTE

Please be advised that the entire text of this statute (N.J.S.A. 18A:26-2) has not been reprinted.

NEW JERSEY STATUTES ANNOTATED

TITLE 18A. EDUCATION


CHAPTER 26. QUALIFICATIONS; CERTIFICATES

N.J.S.A.
18A:26-2. Certificates required; exception

No teaching staff member shall be employed in the public schools by any board of education unless he is the holder of a valid certificate to teach, administer, direct or supervise the teaching, instruction, or educational guidance of, or to render or administer, direct or supervise the rendering of nursing services to, pupils in such public schools and of such other certificate, if any, as may be required by law.

As amended, L.1983, c. 281, §4.

NEW JERSEY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

TITLE 6. EDUCATION

CHAPTER 11. PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND STANDARDS

Take notice that, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14B-5.1, Governor James E. McGreevey has been informed by the State Board of Education that the Professional Licensure and Standards rules at N.J.A.C. 6:11 are due to expire on January 11, 2004 and has requested the Governor to direct an extension of the expiration date from January 11, 2004 until January 20, 2004. These rules establish the criteria for New Jersey teacher and administrative certificates, State Board of Examiners responsibilities, teacher preparation requirements, professional development for teachers and mentoring novice teachers.

The State Board of Education has reviewed the existing Professional Licensure and Standards rules in anticipation of the January 11, 2003 expiration date. As a result of that review, it has adopted new rules on December 17, 2003 which will replace the current rules at N.J.A.C. 6:11. The new rules are codified at N.J.A.C. 6A:9 and will become effective on January 20, 2004.

TITLE 6A. EDUCATION

CHAPTER 9. PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND STANDARDS

Authority
N.J.S.A. 18A:1-1, 18A:4-15, 18A:6-34, 18A:6-38, 18A:26-2.7, and 18A:26-10; and P.L. 2012, c. 11.
Source and Effective Date
R.2009 d.24, effective December 10, 2008.
See: 40 N.J.R. 4856(a), 41 N.J.R. 128(a).
Chapter Expiration Date
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14B-5.1b, Chapter 9, Professional Licensure and Standards, expires on December 10, 2015.
See: 43 N.J.R. 1203(a).

SUBCHAPTER 13. REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES CERTIFICATION

N.J.A.C.
6A:9-13.14 School library media specialist

(a) The school library media specialist (SLMS) endorsement is required for any person who serves as a school library media specialist in grades preschool through 12. The functions include delivery of instruction in information literacy skills, and the development and coordination of school library media programs and resources. The functions also include the delivery of instruction in the evaluation, selection, organization, distribution, creation, and utilization of school library media. Media are defined as all print, non-print, and electronic resources including the technologies needed for their use.

(b) To be eligible for the SLMS CE, a candidate must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and complete one of the following:

A graduate program approved by the Department as the basis for issuing this certificate; or

A master's degree in library media studies from a regionally accredited college; or

A program of graduate studies consisting of at least 36 semester-hour credits in a coherent sequence of studies including the following:

i. Organization and coordination of school library media programs, resources and instruction to provide a sequential course of study for students;

ii. Application of learning theory to reading, listening and viewing library media resources;

iii. Access, evaluation, selection and utilization of library media resources;

iv. Design and development of multimedia materials;

v. Design, development and integration of information literacy skills and the library media program throughout the school curriculum;

vi. Integration of educational resources and technology throughout the school curriculum;

vii. Children's literature and young adult literature;

viii. Development and implementation of policies and procedures for effective and efficient acquisition, cataloging, processing, circulation, and maintaining equipment and resources to ensure equitable access;

ix. Development, implementation, and evaluation of library media programs to meet educational goals, including management of library personnel, resources, and facilities;

x. Utilization of current and emergent technologies in all phases of school library media programs; and

xi. Field experience that includes instruction and management. This experience must be completed in a school library media center.

(c) To be eligible for the SLMS CEAS, a candidate must complete the requirements outlined in (b)1 or 3 above and one of the following:

1. Hold a standard New Jersey or out-of-State instructional certificate. A military science endorsement will not satisfy this requirement;

2. Complete a State-approved college teacher preparation program with or without student teaching; or

3. Complete a coherent college program at a regionally accredited college or university that includes a minimum of nine semester-hour credits in educational theory, curriculum design and integration, teaching methodology, student/learning development, and behavior management.

(d) To be eligible for a provisional educational services certificate with a SLMS endorsement, the candidate shall:

1. Possess a SLMS CE or CEAS; and

2. Obtain an offer of employment in a position that requires the SLMS endorsement.

(e) To be eligible for the standard educational services certificate with a SLMS endorsement, a candidate shall:

1. Possess a provisional educational services certificate with a SLMS endorsement pursuant to (d) above;

2. Complete a coherent college program at a regionally accredited college or university that includes a minimum of nine semester-hour credits in educational theory, curriculum design and integration, teaching methodology, student/learning development, and behavior management. Holders of the SLMS CEAS are exempt from this requirement;

3. Complete graduate-level coursework in the school library media topics listed in (b)3 above that were not included in the candidate's library media master's program. Holders of the SLMS CEAS are exempt from this requirement;

4. Complete a year-long school-based residency program in a school library media center. A certified school administrator, principal or supervisor shall provide supervision during the candidate's provisional year. The residency program shall:

i. Consist of a supervised residency that includes professional experiences in the delivery of instruction in information literacy skills and the development and coordination of school library media programs and resources. In addition, the residency includes the delivery of instruction in the evaluation, selection, organization, distribution, creation, and utilization of school library media. Where possible, the candidate shall be mentored by an experienced school library media specialist throughout the residency; and

ii. Be agreed upon through a residency agreement issued by the Department outlining the responsibilities as set forth in this section and entered into by the Department, the employing school, the candidate and the State-approved residency supervisor.

(f) The State-approved residency supervisor shall have primary responsibility to assure that the candidate receives appropriate training, support, mentoring, practicum experiences, and professional opportunities in the critical job responsibilities specified in the agreement and consistent with (a) above. The residency supervisor shall also evaluate and verify the completion of all required experiences according to the terms and conditions of the residency agreement.

(g) Upon completion of the residency period, the supervisor shall complete a comprehensive evaluation report on the candidate's performance based on the candidate's ability to complete the job duties pursuant to (a) above and to implement the theoretical concepts pursuant to (b)2 above. The supervisor shall discuss the evaluation report with the candidate, and the supervisor and candidate shall sign the report as evidence of such discussion. Upon completion of the evaluation, it shall be submitted to the Office. The evaluation on each candidate shall include one of the following recommendations:

1. Approved: Recommends issuance of a standard educational services certificate with a SLMS endorsement;

2. Insufficient: Recommends that a standard educational services certificate with a SLMS endorsement not be issued but that the candidate be allowed to continue the residency or seek admission to an additional residency. Except for those candidates who receive approval pursuant to  N.J.A.C. 6A:9-17.18(d), a candidate who receives a second insufficient is precluded from continuing or re-entering a residency; or

3. Disapproved: Recommends that a standard educational services certificate with a SLMS endorsement not be issued and that the candidate is precluded from continuing or re-entering a residency.

(h) If the candidate disagrees with the residency supervisor's recommendation, the candidate may appeal the recommendation pursuant to  N.J.A.C. 6A:9-17.17.

(i) The holder of a standard educational services certificate with an associate school library media specialist endorsement is eligible for the SLMS upon completion of the requirements in (b)3 above.

(j) An emergency certificate may be issued to a candidate who has a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and has completed a minimum of 12 graduate-level semester-hour credits in school library media.

(k) The following individuals are eligible to receive the standard SLMS endorsement:

1. Those holding a permanent New Jersey school librarian or standard educational media specialist endorsement; or

2. Those holding a standard New Jersey Associate School Library Media Specialist (ASLMS) endorsement who have completed a graduate degree program at a regionally accredited college or university with specialization in school library media studies.

(l) Individuals holding the school librarian or educational media specialist endorsement may serve in any position requiring the SLMS endorsement.

N.J.A.C.
6A:9-13.15 Associate school library media specialist

(a) The associate school library media specialist (ASLMS) endorsement is required for anyone who serves as a school library media specialist in grades preschool through 12 under the supervision of a certified school administrator, principal or supervisor. The functions include delivery of instruction in information literacy skills, and the development and coordination of school library media programs and resources. The holder also provides instruction in the evaluation, selection, organization, distribution, creation and utilization of school library media. These media are defined as all print, non-print and electronic resources including the technologies needed for their use.

(b) To be eligible for the ASLMS CE, a candidate shall have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and one of the following:

1. A graduate program approved by the Department as the basis for issuing this certificate; or

2. A program of graduate studies consisting of at least 18 semester-hour credits in a coherent sequence of studies including the following:

i. Access, evaluation, selection and utilization of library media resources;

ii. Organization and coordination of school library media programs, resources and instruction to provide K-12 student with a sequential course of studies;

iii. Children's literature and young-adult literature;

iv. Design, development and integration of information literacy skills throughout the school curriculum;

v. Design and development of multimedia materials;

vi. Utilization of current and emergent technologies in all phases of school library media programs; and

vii. A field experience that includes instruction and management. This experience must be completed in a school library media center.

(c) To be eligible for the ASLMS CEAS, a candidate shall complete the requirements outlined in (b) above and one of the following:

1. Hold a standard New Jersey or out-of-State instructional certificate. A military science endorsement shall not satisfy this requirement;

2. Complete a State-approved college teacher preparation program with or without student teaching; or

3. Complete a coherent college program at a regionally accredited college or university that includes a minimum of nine semester-hour credits in educational theory, curriculum design and integration, teaching methodology, student/learning development, and behavior management.

(d) To be eligible for a provisional educational services certificate with an ASLMS endorsement, the candidate shall:

1. Possess an ASLMS CE or CEAS; and

2. Obtain an offer of employment in a position that requires the ASLMS endorsement.

(e) To be eligible for the standard educational services certificate with an ASLMS endorsement, a candidate shall:

1. Possess a provisional educational services certificate with an ASLMS endorsement pursuant to (d) above;

2. Complete a coherent college program at a regionally accredited college or university that includes a minimum of nine semester-hour credits in educational theory, curriculum design and integration, teaching methodology, student/learning development, and behavior management. Holders of the ASLMS CEAS are exempt from the study requirements; and

3. Complete a year-long school-based residency program in a school library media center. A certified school administrator, principal or supervisor shall provide supervision during the candidate's provisional year. The residency program shall:

i. Consist of a supervised residency that includes professional experiences in the delivery of instruction in information literacy skills and the development and coordination of school library media programs and resources. In addition, the residency includes the delivery of instruction in the evaluation, selection, organization, distribution, creation, and utilization of school library media. Where possible, the candidate shall be mentored by an experienced school library media specialist throughout the residency; and

ii. Be agreed upon through a residency agreement issued by the Department outlining the responsibilities as set forth in this section and entered into by the Department, the employing school, the candidate and the State-approved residency supervisor.

(f) The State-approved residency supervisor shall have primary responsibility to assure that the candidate receives appropriate training, support, mentoring, practicum experiences and professional opportunities in the critical job responsibilities specified in this section. The residency supervisor shall also evaluate and verify the completion of all required experiences according to the terms and conditions of the residency agreement.

(g) Upon completion of the residency period, the supervisor shall complete a comprehensive evaluation report on the candidate's performance based on the candidate's ability to complete the job duties pursuant to (a) above and to implement the theoretical concepts pursuant to (b)2 above. The supervisor shall discuss the evaluation report with the candidate, and the supervisor and candidate shall sign the report as evidence of such discussion. Upon completion of the evaluation, it shall be submitted to the Office. The evaluation on each candidate shall include one of the following recommendations:

1. Approved: Recommends issuance of a standard educational services certificate with an ASLMS endorsement;

2. Insufficient: Recommends that a standard educational services certificate with an ASLMS endorsement not be issued but that the candidate be allowed to continue the residency or seek admission to an additional residency. Except for those candidates who receive approval pursuant to  N.J.A.C. 6A:9-17.17(d), a candidate who receives a second insufficient is precluded from continuing or re-entering a residency; or

3. Disapproved: Recommends that a standard educational services certificate with an ASLMS endorsement not be issued and that the candidate is precluded from continuing or re-entering a residency.

(h) If the candidate disagrees with the residency supervisor's recommendation, the candidate may appeal the recommendation pursuant to  N.J.A.C. 6A:9-17.17.

(i) An emergency certificate may be issued to a candidate who completes a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum of six graduate semester hour credits in school library media.

(j) Policies governing the ASLMS endorsement are as follows:

1. Persons holding a standard or permanent New Jersey teacher-librarian or the associate educational media specialist endorsement shall be deemed eligible to receive the ASLMS endorsement.

2. The holder of the teacher-librarian or associate educational media specialist endorsement is eligible to receive an extension of the authorization to include the functions of the ASLMS authorization.

EDITORIAL NOTE

Please be advised that the entire text of this statute (N.J.S.A. 11A:3-5) has not been reprinted.

NEW JERSEY STATUTES ANNOTATED

TITLE 11A. CIVIL SERVICE


CHAPTER 3. CLASSIFICATION, SERVICES AND COMPENSATION

N.J.S.A.
11A:3-5. Political subdivision unclassified service

The political subdivision unclassified service shall not be subject to the provisions of this title unless otherwise specified and shall include the following:

o. Directors of free public libraries in cities of the first class having a population of more than 300,000.

Amended 1987, c.113, s.1; 1991, c.494, s.1; 2002, c.59, s.1; 2008, c.29, s.24.

EDITORIAL NOTE

Please be advised that the entire text of the following sections from Title 2B have not been reprinted. These sections provide that certain county judicial employees, including law library personnel, are now state employees.

TITLE 2B. COURT ORGANIZATION AND CIVIL CODE

CHAPTER 10. STATE JUDICIAL UNIFICATION ACT


N.J.S.A.
2B:10-3. Definitions

As used in this act:

d. "Judicial employee" means any person employed by the county prior to January 1, 1995 to perform judicial functions, including but not limited to employees working for the courts and the law library...

L.1993, c. 275, §3. Amended by L.1994, c. 162, §13.

N.J.S.A.
2B:10-4. State costs; judicial employees deemed state employees; judicial and probation fees

On or after January 1, 1995:

b. All judicial employees shall be employees of the state...

L.1993, c. 275, §4.

CHAPTER 11. UNIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES

N.J.S.A.
2B:11-3 Definitions

As used in this act:

b. "State judicial employee" means any person, including but not limited to transferred employees, employed by the state on or after January 1, 1995, to provide any services and direct support necessary for the effective operation of the judicial system, including but not limited to employees working for the courts and the law library...

L.1994, c. 162, §3.

 


Last Updated: August 5, 2013.