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Welcome to the ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) site.  A companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA), the ALA-APA is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”

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The newly re-designed APA Wellness website and logo have now been developed.  This project is based on ALA President Loriene Roy’s 2007-2008 Circle of Wellness Initiative.  Ted Chaffin, Sara Jeffress, Jennifer Turner, and Laura Warren-Gross–all members of the 2008 cohort of ALA Emerging Leaders–created the Circle of Wellness website and several accompanying tools.  In the spring of 2016, the website’s content, tools, organization, and design were updated by Amanda Avery, Dory Cochran, and Jennifer McElroy, members of the 2016 cohort of ALA Emerging Leaders.  The site was designed to provide resources to help library workers achieve a well-rounded life which include all seven dimensions of wellness: physical, social, environmental, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and occupational.  It is felt that this valuable resource is needed now more than ever with today’s changing workplace dynamics.

Statement from American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro (9/12/16)

“The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association is extremely concerned  over the unprecedented “lock-out” action taken against the faculty, including librarians, of LIU-Brooklyn by President Kimberly R. Cline and the LIU administration.  This preemptive action was taken while negotiations were still ongoing and threatens the quality of education provided to LIU-Brooklyn students.

We urge the LIU-Brooklyn administration to reconsider this assault on both the union and on the open and collegial traditions of higher education.   With student learning in mind, it is incumbent on both the administration and the union to pursue good-faith negotiations, without fear of reprisal.

The ALA-Allied Professional Association works within a policy framework that recognizes voluntary participation in collective bargaining; the intellectual contributions of faculty, including library faculty, to the teaching, research and service missions of their institutions; and, the value of employment security within the guidelines for acceptable performance, as well as salary administration which offers comparable rewards for positions having similar requirements.   We will continue to monitor the situation at LIU-Brooklyn, and urge the immediate cessation of the lock-out so productive talks can resume and student learning can continue.”

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