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 ‚Äúto promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.‚ÄĚ
The newly re-designed APA Wellness website and logo have now been developed.¬† This project is based on¬†ALA President Loriene Roy‚Äôs 2007-2008 Circle of Wellness Initiative. ¬†Ted Chaffin, Sara Jeffress, Jennifer Turner, and Laura Warren-Gross‚Äďall members of the 2008 cohort of ALA Emerging Leaders‚Äďcreated the Circle of Wellness website and several accompanying tools.¬† In the spring of 2016, the website‚Äôs 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‚Äôs changing workplace dynamics.
Statement from American Library Association-Allied Professional Association President Julie Todaro (9/12/16)
‚ÄúThe American Library Association-Allied Professional Association is extremely concerned¬† over the unprecedented ‚Äúlock-out‚ÄĚ 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.‚ÄĚ
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