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2004 October 4
By Certified Mail; Return Receipt Requested:
Frank J. Lucchino, Chairman, Executive Committee
Carnegie Library of
Dear Mr. Lucchino:
With the planned retirement of the current Library Director, of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Library now has a golden opportunity to hire a trained librarian, as Library Director, and, in this regard, come back into compliance with State Law.
In approving and disapproving plans for the use of State funds by local libraries, decisions by the State Librarian will be determined by the following criteria:...
(2) Achievement of standards of service. Whether the plan leads toward the achievement of the following applicable standards:…
(iv) Personnel. The retaining of library personnel shall be in conformity with the following:...
The library shall be administered by head librarian certified as follows,
except that no library shall be deprived of State aid because of having a
noncertified head librarian appointed prior to
Population Required Certification
of Head Librarian
0—9,999 Library Assistant
10,000—19,999 Provisional Librarian
20,000 and more Professional Librarian
Please note that Title 22, Chapter 133.4 of the Pennsylvania Code defines a “Professional Librarian:”
133.4 Professional Librarian.
Upon application to the State Librarian, a certificate of professional librarian shall be issued if the applicant meets one or more of the following requirements:
(1) Has at least a bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college or university approved by the appropriate Commonwealth agency or accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, or equivalent accrediting agency, and (emphasis added) has a 5th-year degree in library service from a school approved by the appropriate Commonwealth agency or accredited by the American Library Association.
(2) Successfully passes an examination given under the auspices of the State Librarian demonstrating knowledge and experience equivalent to the academic requirements of paragraph (1).
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(3) Was employed on
(4) Was employed in a Commonwealth
public library on
(5) Is certified as a professional librarian or the equivalent by another state or country, and who, to the satisfaction of the State Librarian has qualifications equivalent to those required of other applicants.
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has not been in compliance with these
sections of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code for approximately six years. With
the planned retirement of the current Carnegie Library Director, The Carnegie
Library of Pittsburgh has a golden opportunity to come back into compliance
with State law, along with all other State-funded public libraries in the
I urge you, and the Board of Trustees of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to make compliance with Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code one of your chief goals, as you search for a new Library Director for The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Glenn A. Walsh
Excerpts from Title 22 of the
Copy: Members of the Board if Trustees, Carnegie
Members of the Council of the City of
Tom Murphy, Mayor, City of
Tom Flaherty, City Controller,
Members of the Board of Directors, Allegheny Regional Asset District
David Donahoe, Executive Director, Allegheny Regional Asset District
Members of the Allegheny
Bob O’Connor, Governor’s
Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Acting Secretary of Education
Mary Clare Zales, Commissioner for Commonwealth Libraries
News Media Representatives
Interested Members of the General Public