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Sanders appointed to N.C. Public Librarian Certification Commission

BOONE—Dr. Robert L. Sanders has been appointed by N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue to serve as a member of the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission through June 30, 2010. Sanders is filling the unexpired term of an individual who has stepped down from the commission.

Sanders is an associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Leadership and Educational Studies and directs the department’s library science degree program.

The five-member commission sets standards for the certification of public librarians. The Commission also meets quarterly to consider applications from librarians seeking certification as public librarians.

Commission members review an applicant’s transcript and verify they earned a master’s degree in library science from an accredited institution. Applicants must have passed courses in cataloging, collection development, reference and public library administration.

According to its Web site, the commission’s goals are to guarantee the best possible public library service for all North Carolinians, to protect and maintain public library resources, to assure professional management and administration of library programs, and to provide certified professionals to meet the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resource’s personnel requirements for state and other aid administered by the Division of State Library.