In fall 2013, the READS section of the NH Library Association presented a program describing the Massachusetts Paralibrarian Certification system. A small group of interested library staff met in January and April 2014. It was determined that the effort would be best served by forming a new section of the NH Library Association. The Executive Board approved the trial section in June 2014, and the Paralibrarian section became official in November 2014. With their gracious permission, our program was modeled after the Massachusetts Paralibrarian Certification program, which was in turn modeled after the State of New York Program.
The Paralibrarian Certification is a voluntary program designed to recognize the involvement and contributions of paralibrarians in New Hampshire. Paralibrarians (non-MLS staff) support the missions of school, public, academic, and special libraries throughout the state by providing important services, being involved in professional development activities, and demonstrating commitment to their work. The certification is not a substitute for a Master of Library Science degree or any other degree or certificate.
This program is designed to identify the achievements of participants by assigning point values to various activities. Applicants register for one of four increasingly challenging achievement levels. Each level is reached by accumulating a minimum number of points from within six Categories of Library Service (Public Services, Reference and Information Services, Technical Services, Technology, Administration/Management, and General) based on three Sources of Expertise in these broad categories (Experience, Education, and Professional Activities). The points needed for certification levels two through four must be earned within the three years immediately preceding the application.
Members of the Paralibrarian Certification Review Board are available to answer questions about the certification program. Find the Board contact information, here and a list of Certification Mentors, here.
Have questions? Ask away!
We have mentors available to help you with your application journey. You may find your answer on our frequently asked questions page. We also hold a bi-annual information session where we walk you through the application page by page. Check out our calendar for the next one on the schedule.
We would love to have you join us and become an active member of our section. This is a perfect opportunity to get started with a professional organization. Board meetings are open to the membership and can be attended in person or virtually through go-to-meeting. Check out our calendar for the next one on the schedule. You don’t need to commit to the board to attend a meeting, you can come just to see what we’re about.