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The New Jersey State Board of Education has enacted the following regulations to ensure that students benefit from the services and educational programs that certified school library media specialists provide.
Based on these existing laws and regulations in the New Jersey Administrative Code for the supervision and governance of the state’s 2,500 public schools, public school libraries in NJ cannot legally be staffed by volunteers.
N.J.A.C. 6A:13-2.1(h) Standards Based Instruction
(h) All school districts shall provide library-media services that are connected to classroom studies in each school building, including access to computers, district-approved instructional software, appropriate books including novels, anthologies and other reference materials, and supplemental materials that motivate students to read in and out of school and to conduct research. Each school district shall provide these library-media services under the direction of a certified school library media specialist.
N.J.A.C. 6A: 9B-14.14 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.
The relevant state statute citation is: NJSA 18A: 26-2 Certifications required
No teaching staff member shall be employed in the public schools by any board of education unless he is the holder a valid certificate to teach, administer, direct, supervise the teaching, instruction, or educational guidance of, or render or administer, direct or supervise the rendering of nursing service to, pupils in public schools and of such other certificate, if any, as may be required by law.