Certified Public Library Administrator Program graduates three, Adds 11 candidates

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to three CPLA® candidates who are now officially Certified Public Library Administrators.  In addition, the committee approved 11 new candidates in its spring review. CPLA® now has 12 graduates and 122 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation.

The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited master’s degrees in library and information studies.

The candidates are from 34 states, Canada and Nassau, Bahamas. To their course work they bring, on average, a decade of supervisory experience.  Both new and experienced managers consider CPLA® a valuable source of knowledge.  A manager for four years, new candidate Mary Jo Beranek feels the program “will allow me to further my professional development in the areas of public service and library administration. Additionally, skills acquired throughout the program will be transferable and adaptable to the public and community.”  Edward W. Lyden says, “I believe the CPLA program will be a great review for me and great confirmation of my 30 years of experience as a professional information specialist and public librarian for others.”

If you are a public librarian with gaps in your managerial experience, are looking for practical professional development or need a flexible credential, consider applying.  There are courses on nine different management topics offered online, face-to-face and at American Library Association conferences. During the review, two providers renewed their commitments to offer courses; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will offer four courses and the University of North Texas LE@D Program will offer three.  Courses may also be taken by individuals who are not part of the CPLA program – http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/.

CPLA® invites you to apply to become a candidate or a course provider. The next deadline for provider and candidate reviews is July 24, 2009 for the review in August. The application for participants may be found on the CPLA® Web site: http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/. The RFP for providers is here: http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/.
If you have questions, please call the ALA-APA Office at (312) 280-2424.

ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees is a service organization to the American Library Association and the library community. It has two missions: providing certification in specializations of librarianship and advocacy for salary improvement efforts.