Certification Review Committee


The ALA-APA Certification Review Committee (CRC) for the Library Support Staff Certification Program is a standing committee with the following responsibilities: (1) Review and approve the requirements for certification and re-certification. (2) Establish guidelines for education programs offered by providers. (3) Review and approve courses based on applications from course providers. (4) Oversee the process for development and validation of the certification program. (5) Address appeals from applicants and refer them if necessary to the ALA-APA Board of Directors. (6) Review periodically (at least every five years) the standards established for the certification program and request that the [ALA] division(s) make changes as needed. (7) Work cooperatively with ALA-APA and ALA staff. All members of the Committee are required to sign the ALA-APA Conflict of Interests Statement annually.


Dr. Jose A. Aguinaga (CHAIR) (2016 – 2018)
Rio Hondo College (CA)

Miguel Magos (2016 – 2019)
City College of San Francisco (CA)

Cherese McKnight (2016 – 2019)
Rockford Public Library (IL)

Jahala D. Simuel (2015 – 2018)
Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library (DC)

Sara N. Tebes-Kokojan (2016 – 2019)
Irving Public Library (TX)

Ruth Newell (2017 – 2020)
Fountaindale Public Library (IL)

Kimberly Redd
Staff Liaison

Lorelle Swader
Staff Liaison

Statement of Confidentially and Closed Meetings

Please be advised that deliberations and meetings of the committee are “closed” due to the nature of its work in discussing matters of privacy of individuals and/or institutions.