Certification Program Anniversaries
||Happy 5th anniversary to the Certified Public Library Administrator Program and 1st anniversary to the Library Support Staff Certification Program! As ALA-APA President, I am proud to see their growth and to hear the testimonials from both participants and their employers about the difference these national certification programs are making in libraries. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to invest in yourself and your staff now!
So many of us are doing more with less. Certification helps librarians and support staff increase their job performance and add value to the services they provide. Many candidates agree that most of their coursework has had an immediate payback for their libraries. CPLA candidates are taking on new responsibilities with confidence, finding workable solutions to library issues, writing winning grants and developing innovative and practical personnel, advocacy and technology plans. LSSC candidates are adding to their knowledge and expertise, expanding their use of technology, and receiving recognition for their commitment to the profession through courses and portfolios.
The return on your personal and library’s investment will be significant. To find out more, visit the CPLA website at http://ala-apa.org/certification and LSSC website at http://ala-apa.org/lssc. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information about webinars, financial support, and new classes. And, please share this message with your colleagues!
The CPLA and LSSC certifications were created to fill the needs and requests of library staff. ALA-APA stands ready to help you prepare for the challenge of having 21st century libraries and library staff.
Deadlines are quarterly for CPLA and rolling for LSSC.