CPLA News

Congratulations to Nine New Certified Public Library Administrators

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program congratulates nine new graduates since January and the 139 librarian candidates who are progressing through the program.  There are 45 graduates thus far.  Most recent graduates are: Christy Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library (N.Y.) Dawn Bostwick, Nassau County Public Library (Fla.) Charlotte Canelli, Morrill Memorial Library (Mass.) Steve […]

Update on the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program has 41 graduates and more than 130 librarian candidates.  Learn why they participate in and what they get from the CPLA courses by joining them on a webinar about the Certified Public Library Administrator Program at 2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 13. This 30-minute introduction to CPLA will […]

ALA-APA Call For Certification, Publishing, and Fundraising Committee Volunteers

American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President-elect Molly Raphael has extended the deadline for the call for nominations to 2011-2012 ALA Allied Professional Association committees. Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2011 Annual Conference. Ms. Raphael will fill slots on the following committees:  Certification Program, Certified Public Library Administrator Certification Review, Library Support […]

Certified Public Library Administrator Program celebrates graduates’ success

For Immediate Release Mon, 11/29/2010 – 09:57 CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program congratulates those who have completed the program.  The success of the 36 librarians who have completed the required seven managerial courses give credence to the competencies public library managers need to be effective.  CPLA attracts librarians for many reasons, from those who want […]

Certified Public Library Administrator Program graduates 4, 36 managers now hold CPLA® designation

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to four CPLA® candidates, making a total of 36 who are now officially Certified Public Library Administrators.  The newest graduates are from Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Oregon.  In addition, the committee approved three new candidates in its fall review. […]

CPLA Podcast

Certification for Public Library Administrators podcast (.mp3, 6.35 minutes) Audio Link

Gloria C-D is working with a committee that is:

“plugging the weaknesses in library school training, e.g. budgeting. I am also interested in what APA is doing, because I believe that public librarian training should be standardized in some way, and certification would no doubt do it.”

Deborah E. says:

“The program appeals to me personally and in my position as the Staff Development Coordinator for my library because I’m looking for a program that would provide training and certification for librarians interested in moving into administrative positions and wouldn’t require obtaining a second master’s degree. I have mentioned the proposed ALA-APA program to colleagues […]

Why is certification important for public librarians?

Suzann H knows that “running a public library nowadays is like being in business. Finances, budgets, legislation, technology and staffing were not covered or have changed dramatically since library school but are now a necessary part of my current position. I’m learning as I go, but often times feel over my head in these areas. […]

Kara S. says:

“The CPLA program seems like the logical next step in achieving my career goals. I have received both academic and real world training, (MLS from an accredited library school and various managerial library positions), but would love to be better prepared for my next desired position as a library director. I am hoping this certification […]

Michelle C. is:

“a graduate of the Illinois State Library’s Synergy Leadership Initiative program, where we were taught such things as crisis management, leading through change, and how to create vision statements. I see CPLA as a natural step, continuing from these “soft skills” that could be used to round out my preparation to move up in the […]

Graduate Susan Strunk tells what the program means to her

From Longshots #182: CPLA Certification Inspires Library Administrators: “Sarah invites Palatine Public Library District Director Susan Strunk onto this episode of her podcast to share her experiences with the ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program. As one of the first graduates of the program, Susan shares what she learned from the program and how […]

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 […]

Public library managers are invited to join the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) invites public library managers to apply for the Certified Public Library Administrator Program.  Candidates learn about budgeting, personnel, building management, grantwriting and more – the skills a manager needs in the 21st century.  The application deadline is March 20, 2009.  CPLA® has […]

Certified Public Library Administrator Program Graduates Two Librarians, Adds Eight New Candidates, Seven Course Renewals

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to two CPLA® candidates.  In addition, the committee approved 8 new candidates and renewed seven program courses in its first Fall 2008 review. CPLA® now has nine graduates and 112 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation. […]

Certified Public Library Administrator Program Graduates Two Librarians, Adds Eight New Candidates, Seven Course Renewals

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to two CPLA® candidates.  In addition, the committee approved 8 new candidates and renewed seven program courses in its first Fall 2008 review. CPLA® now has nine graduates and 112 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation. […]

Certified Public Library Administrator Program Celebrates Four New Graduates, Eight New Candidates, Two Course Renewals

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to four CPLA candidates. In addition, the committee approved 8 new candidates and renewed two program courses in its Spring 2008 review. CPLA now has 99 candidates and seven graduates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation. The […]

Why become an ALA-APA CPLA Provider?

It is an opportunity to participate in a national certification program in a library specialty. If you are already offering a course the meets the standard, approval provides you with an additional audience for your courses. If you are already offering a course that meets the standard, you may receive approval for two previous years […]

Nine Certified Public Library Administrator Program candidates and one course approved

CHICAGO – At the 2008 Midwinter review, the Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved nine new candidates and one more program course, Planning and Management of Buildings, offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  CPLA now has 96 candidates and one graduate, representing public libraries of all sizes across […]

Nine Certified Public Library Administrator Program candidates and one course approved

CHICAGO – At the 2008 Midwinter review, the Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved nine new candidates and one more program course, Planning and Management of Buildings, offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  CPLA now has 96 candidates and one graduate, representing public libraries of all sizes across […]

First Candidate Completes Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program

Lois Blythe, Head of Adult Services at the Burlington (Ia.) Public Library, is the first candidate to complete the Certified Public Library Administrator Program.  Blythe completed the requisite seven courses in record time, becoming the first public librarian to earn the designation of CPLA.  The CPLA program, administered by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association, […]

First Candidate Completes Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program

Lois Blythe, Head of Adult Services at the Burlington (Ia.) Public Library, is the first candidate to complete the Certified Public Library Administrator Program.  Blythe completed the requisite seven courses in record time, becoming the first public librarian to earn the designation of CPLA.  The CPLA program, administered by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association, […]

Twelve Certified Public Library Administrator Program candidates and one course approved

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved 12 new candidates and one more program course at the 2007 Fall review.  CPLA now has 87 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 […]

ALA-APA seeks providers for public librarian certification

CHICAGO – The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) will be launching a certification program for public librarians in 2006. Currently, ALA-APA is seeking educators to provide courses for candidates to fulfill for the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) designation. The certification program is based on the assumption that a broad range of […]