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Celebrate National Library Workers Day on April 10

CHICAGO - Library employees are crucial to our economy and culture. They help small business owners formulate plans; graduates find funding; children fall in love with reading; grandparents connect with grandchildren; corporations save money and improve products; seniors get comfortable with the latest technology; and students get into gaming. Yet these public servants are rarely recognized publicly. National Library Workers Day is a way to do so.

Since 2003, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) has been celebrated on the Tuesday … Read the rest

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 Decker, Cedar City Public Library (Utah)
  • Peg Hooper, Jefferson County Public Library (Colo.)
  • Virginia LaRocque, Loudoun County Public Library (Va.)
  • Janet Loveless, Nassau County Public
  • Read the rest

National Library Workers Day and Equal Pay Day coincide on April 12

Continuing the theme “Libraries Work Because We Do!” thousands will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD) and Equal Pay Day on Tuesday, April 12th 2011. On this day, while library workers and libraries are being commended for their value to their communities, women in all professions will be strategizing about closing the wage gap.  Libraries are not the only places where operations, programs and services depend on the important work done by women.  You can honor women who are … Read the rest

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 help managers determine whether certification should be part of their future – https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/170171544.  Webinars will be held on the second Wednesday of … Read the rest

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 Staff Certification Review, Promotion and Fundraising, and Publishing Committees(see charges below).

All applicants must complete and submit the electronic 2011-2012 ALA-APA Committee Volunteer Form.  The … Read the rest

ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian now published bi-ennially

This is typically the season for the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic.  The survey publication schedule has been changed to a bi-ennial edition.  This means the next issue will be published in 2012.  Directors and Human Resources staff for libraries that will be part of our random sample in 2012 will be contacted by the American Library Association (ALA) consultant between December 2011 and January 2012.

ALA and the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) appreciate … Read the rest

Seeking National Library Workers Day stars in 14 states

CHICAGO – For those with an appreciative and/or competitive spirit, ALA-APA is hosting a contest with no prize other than the knowledge that your state celebrates its library workers publicly on National Library Workers Day (NLWD), Tuesday, April 12.

Yet the following states have no NLWD stars currently submitted: Delaware, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

But there’s still time.  The state with the most NLWD stars will be … Read the rest

Minimum Salary for Library Employees and State Library Salary Data Updated

CHICAGO – The updated minimum salary for librarians should be $42,485/yr and for all staff $13.81/hr, based on American Library Association-Allied Professional Association resolutions passed in 2007 and 2008, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index Inflation Calculator. These figures are updated annually by ALA-APA. Thanks to a partnership with the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO in Washington, DC, the Directory of State Libraries that collect salary data has also been updated. The 2-page document, … Read the rest

ALA-APA seeks panelists for Annual Conference program on second jobs

CHICAGO – By choice or by necessity, some library staff members work additional jobs to supplement their incomes.  Whether long-term, short-term or seasonal, making the decision to extend the workday can be difficult.

At the American Library Association Annual Conference in June 2011 in New Orleans, the ALA-Allied Professional Association is proposing a program tentatively titled “ The side gig: How to supplement your income in tough economic times.” Potential panelists who have advice about factors to consider when taking … Read the rest

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 to be better at their current positions to those who want a professional development challenge, as well as those who are preparing

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ALA-APA Call for Volunteers

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

American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President-elect Molly Raphael is seeking applications and nominations for appointments 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 Staff Certification Review, Promotion and Fundraising, Publishing, and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (see charges … Read the rest

LSSC Webinar Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Are you wondering about the benefits and the requirements of the Library Support Staff Certification Program?  ALA-APA is offering an hour-long webinar on Tuesday, November 9, from 3:00-4:00 pm EST, to introduce you to this new program, and help you understand LSSC’s value to LSS, their employers, and library users.  This is also your opportunity to ask questions.  Register for this informative webinar by following this link https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/352562097…. Read the rest

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® now has 127 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation.  The next quarterly deadline is Friday, November 5, 2010, to become … Read the rest

Librarian salaries jump 3 percent in 2010, Survey reports mean librarian salary $60,734, median $55,883 in 2010

CHICAGO – In the midst of tough economic times, job shortages and cutbacks, the 2010 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic revealed average increases across all six position types, ranging from two percent for managers of support staff to 13 percent for directors of public and academic libraries. More than 580 library directors and human resources staff reported more than 11,000 salaries, giving this year’s survey a remarkable 35 percent response rate. The data are … Read the rest

Libraries nationwide receiving ALA-APA Library Salary Survey invitation

CHICAGO – Library directors and human Resources staff, check your mail.  More than 1600 public and academic libraries are being asked to participate in the 2010 ALA-APA Librarian Salary Survey.  This year, the survey asks for salary data for six librarian titles.  The deadline is Friday, Feb. 26, for completing the web-based survey.  Survey letters with instructions are addressed to the attention of the library director or human resources manager and are in envelopes with the ALA logo.

In … Read the rest

Pay Equity for library employees, focus of National Library Workers Day April 13, 2010

CHICAGO –  On April 13, thousands of communities will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time when library staff, patrons, administrators and Friends groups will recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  You are invited to name a “Star” library employee for the NLWD website at http://www.ala-apa.org/nlwd, where everyone can see what makes this person an exceptional library employee.  Anyone working in or for a library can be nominated, and self-nominations are welcome.

The day’s theme Read the rest

Library Support Staff Certification Program sponsors portfolio evaluator training

CHICAGO – The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will sponsor a training session for librarians interested in becoming evaluators for portfolios submitted by LSSC candidates to achieve Library Support Staff Certification.

The information program will be held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, from 10:30 – noon on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 260.  The program will be presented by LSSC Project Co-Director, Nancy Bolt, ALA-APA Director Jenifer Grady and Pat Wagner of Pattern … Read the rest

Library workers urged to participate in survey of workplace wellness in libraries

CHICAGO - The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) and the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) are encouraging library employees to participate in the 2009-2010 Library Workplace Wellness online survey. The survey provides an important opportunity for library employees to share information about the availability of, and employee participation in, work/life options in libraries around the nation. The online survey, available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=0Pz4LqU_2bnMJOyZORPX8GYQ_3d_3d, will be available open through early 2010.

This survey continues the … Read the rest

New downloadable versions of Librarian Salary Survey data just for public or academic libraries

CHICAGO – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has just released two new downloadable versions of the 2009 edition of the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic.”  One version contains only public librarian salary data and analysis and the other version is specifically for academic librarians.
The “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public”and “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Academic” are available at the American Library Association (ALA) online store.  For $36, library administrators, … Read the rest

ALA announces approval of Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC)

The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) approved the establishment of a certification program for library support staff at its Monday, July 13, meeting in Chicago.  The LSSC Program is the first national, voluntary certification program for library support staff.  Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the program will now enter a testing phase in five library organizations across the United States.

Camilla Alire, ALA president, said, “This innovative certification program demonstrates … Read the rest

Librarian Salary Survey reports mean librarian salary $58,860, median $54,500 in 2009

CHICAGO – Results from the 2009 edition of the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic” are available in two ways – immediately for subscribers to the ALA-APA Library Salary Database and in print from the American Library Association (ALA) online store. Analysis of data from more than 1,179 public and academic libraries showed the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited master’s degrees reported decreased less than 1 percent from 2008, down $100 to $58,860.  The … Read the rest

New ALA Web site helps library job seekers succeed

A new American Library Association (ALA) Web site — Get a Job!, http://getajob.ala.org — offers library-job seekers advice, resources, links, best practices and real-life examples.  Full of advice for finding a job in the current tough economy, it features information from a range of ALA divisions and units, as well as links to information about general best practices in job seeking.

“New graduates and members looking for jobs in a tough employment market have asked what the association can … Read the rest

ALA-APA Pay Equity Bibliography Updated

The newest version of the ALA-APA Pay Equity Bibliography is now available to the public.  Last updated in May 2003, the latest version includes recent legislation, Web sites, articles and fact sheets related to the resurgence of interest in the topic.  The Pay Equity Bibliography highlights pay equity research, statistics and negotiation tips related to librarianship and other professions.

The Pay Equity Bibliography is partially annotated and is downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF and Microsoft Word formats.  The bibliography was … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

Coalition to highlight professional integrity launches May 20; invites stories and ideas from public

Washington, May 20 — A coalition of 19 national and global organizations will announce the formation of Professionals for the Public Interest (PftPI) at a press conference at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, in the First Amendment Lounge (13th floor) of the National Press Club. The organizations include professional associations and unions representing professionals in science, engineering, health, the arts, and human services.

Professionals across a range of government and private enterprise positions are experiencing pressures and challenges to the … Read the rest

ALA-APA Invites Library Staff and Libraries To Celebrate 6th Annual National Library Workers Day

(Chicago, IL) – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) encourages all library staff and patrons nationwide to participate in National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 14, during National Library Week. National Library Workers Day is a time to honor the contributions of all library workers, including librarians, support staff and others who make library services possible.  This year, ALA-APA unveils its new Student Star campaign and merchandise line to foster student worker participation. Library patrons and staff can … Read the rest

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 nine graduates and 115 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation.

The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification … Read the rest

ALA-APA Will Launch Support Staff Certification Program in 2010, One Year Early

Norman Oder, Library Journal: 12/4/2008

A support staff certification program planned by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) should be able to launch in early 2010, a year ahead of schedule, ALA executive director Keith Fiels said at an Executive Board conference call November 17.  The program grows out of a grant from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services to develop competences and standards for support staff and to test a model certification program. The timetable … Read the rest

Salary Survey Deadline Extended to Friday, March 13

It’s not too late to submit your library’s data for the 2009 Librarian Salary Survey!  If you want to know if your public or academic library is part of the sample, call 800-448-4584 and ask for Jean Hannon.  They will gladly accept salary data through Friday, March 13.  All responding libraries receive a FREE 30-day subscription to the ALA-APA Library Salary Database – http://cs.ala.org/websurvey/salarysurvey/salarysurveyform/form.cfm, a $50 value, plus 25% off the print version from the ALA Store – http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2518Read the rest

Anderson County Library Board, Lynn Sutton and Mohamed Ismail named winners of 2008-2009 SirsiDynix – ALA-APA award

The ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA-APA) has named the winners of the 2009 SirsiDynix – ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.

The winners are: the Anderson County Library Board, Clinton, Tenn.; Lynn Sutton, Wake Forest University Library, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Mohamed Ismail, The Integrated Care Society in Cairo, Egypt.
Of the $5000 award, Anderson County will receive $2000, and Sutton and Ismail will each receive $1500.  Leigh Estabrook, … Read the rest

Libraries nationwide receiving ALA-APA Library Salary Survey Invitation

CHICAGO – Library directors and human resources staff, check your mail.  Nearly 4,000 public and academic libraries are being asked to participate in the 2009 ALA-APA Library Salary Survey.  This year, the survey asks for salary data for six librarian titles.  The deadline is Friday, Feb. 27, for completing the Web-based survey.  Survey letters with instructions are addressed to the attention of the library director or human resources manager and are in envelopes with the ALA logo.

In order to … Read the rest

Library Support Staff Certification Program Survey Being Conducted Until November 30

American Library Association members who have identified themselves as Library Support Staff, and support staff members of library associations in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Virginia are being asked to complete a survey about a certification program in development. The ALA project was funded by Institute of Museum and Library Services to establish a national certification program for Library Support Staff (LSS).

Support staff members can find the survey at
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=maVI4nJXmXPZ5PeJol63xg_3d_3d, which should take about five to ten minutes to … Read the rest

ALA-APA Midwinter Forum on Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP)

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is offering conference attendees an opportunity to give feedback on the development of a national, voluntary certification program for library support staff.  Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the project is a partnership between the American Library Association and the Western Council of State Libraries.

This forum will be held 10:30 to noon, on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, at the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.Read the rest

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.

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 … Read the rest

There Is a Union Difference in Library Salaries

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) and the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) collaborated on The Union Difference for Library Workers, which found that salaries in unionized public and academic libraries were higher than those in non-union libraries for staff in positions that do not require an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science.  Data from the 2006 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic revealed that average salaries were higher for many of the 62 positions, … Read the rest

Librarian Salary Survey Reports Mean Librarian Salary Up 2 Percent to $58,960 in 2008

CHICAGO – Results from the 2008 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic are available in two ways – immediately for subscribers to the ALA-APA Library Salary Database and in print from the American Library Association (ALA) online store. Analysis of data from more than 1,010 public and academic libraries showed the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited Master’s Degrees reported increased 2 percent from 2007, up $1,151 to $57,809.  The median ALA MLS salary … Read the rest

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 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 … Read the rest

Living Wage Resolution Passed by ALA-APA Council

The ALA-APA Council passed a living wage resolution for library employees at the American Library Association meeting in Anaheim, California.  On Monday, June 30, the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers, represented by incoming chair Patty Anderson, brought forward a resolution supporting the annual updating of the $40,000 minimum salary for librarians and recommending a salary of $13 an hour for library workers, also to be updated annually. 

The $40,000 minimum is to be updated … Read the rest

McEntee Calls for Increased Funding for Libraries / “Libraries are a Vital Resource During Economic Downturn”

Washington, D.C. – Gerald W. McEntee, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, today called for increased funding for the nation’s libraries, noting their importance to communities and workers coping with the downturn in the national economy.

“Our libraries must get the necessary funding to meet the needs of working families,” said McEntee. “In economically difficult times, libraries are more important than ever to our communities. Funding our libraries is a critical … Read the rest

ALA-APA names 30 leaders as its Angels

CHICAGO – Thirty library leaders will be honored as ALA-APA Angels at the American Library Association Annual Conference in June. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is celebrating five years of service by honoring some of the many people and organizations that have helped it grow and flourish in its missions of providing certification and supporting better salaries.

ALA-APA angels were instrumental in the creation and development of ALA-APA. They represent thousands of library employees who gave their time, energy, ideas … Read the rest

Survey of library support staff certification competencies sent in March

On March 3, Library Support Staff (LSS) and librarians are invited to offer their opinions about which competencies are important for public and academic LSS.  The competencies will become the foundation for the Library Support Staff Certification Program.  This survey is being widely distributed to ALA members, and other potential respondents can access the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=MzGbewA5qX6oiCzXtODPcA_3d_3d.

Invited respondents will be asked to rate one or more competencies areas, which describe what support staff should know and be able … Read the rest

Submit a Star and Tell Us About Your Healthy Workplace for National Library Workers Day on April 15, 2008

CHICAGO – Start the celebration early for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) by telling the world what makes your favorite library employee special. ALA-APA is accepting submissions for the  NLWD Stars website – www.ala-apa.org/nlwd/submit-a-star/. NLWD is celebrated on Tuesday, April 15, during the American Library Association (ALA)-sponsored National Library Week. This year, we also want to know how your library administration and employees encourage staff to get and stay healthy.

This year, in addition to honoring library staff who … Read the rest

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 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 … Read the rest

Brian Keith and Camilla B. Reid named winners of the 2007-2008 Sirsi-Dynix – ALA-APA Award for Improving Salaries

CHICAGO ‑ The ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA‑APA) is pleased to announce that Brian Keith, Library Human Resources Officer at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries, and Camilla B. Reid, Associate Director of the Augusta State University Reese Library, are the winners of the fourth annual SirsiDynix‑ALA‑APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.

The award is given to an individual, group of individuals or institution that have made an … Read the rest

Libraries nationwide receiving ALA-APA Library Salary Survey

CHICAGO – Library directors and human Resources staff, check your mail.  Almost 4,000 public and academic libraries are being asked to participate in the 2008 ALA-APA Library Salary Survey.  This year, the survey asks for salary data for six librarian titles.  The deadline is Friday, Feb. 29, for completing the web-based survey.  Survey letters with instructions are addressed to the attention of the library director or human resources manager and are in envelopes with the ALA-APA logo.  The survey website … Read the rest

New Library Support Staff Certification Project (LSSCP) Website Announced

The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP), a project to develop a national voluntary certification program for support staff in public and academic libraries, has a new website, http://www.ala-apa.org/certification. The site houses informational documents, minutes from discussions by its Advisory Council and contact information for library associations and groups wanting to host conference or meeting presentations about the project.

The American Library Association, in partnership with the Western Council of State Libraries, was awarded $407,111 by the Institute of … Read the rest

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, is a voluntary credential for public librarians who want to learn managerial competencies in areas like personnel, facilities, marketing and technology.

Blythe was admitted to … Read the rest

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 librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited master’s degrees in library and information studies.

The candidates are from 30 states and … Read the rest

Get a Free Copy of an ALA-APA Library Salary Survey – For Analyzing the Data

ALA-APA will give up to five people/institutions a free copy of the 2007 ALA-APA Salary Survey – Librarian: Public and Academic ($70 value) or 2007 ALA-APA Salary Survey – Non-MLS: Public and Academic ($100 value) in exchange for analyzing data and submitting a research paper on a topic of national interest.

The Librarian Salary Survey has been published since 1982 and covers six positions.  The Non-MLS Salary Survey has been published since 2006 and covers more than 60 positions that … Read the rest

Nominees Sought for $5,000 Award for Improving Library Workers’ Salaries and Status

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is seeking nominees from both individuals and organizations that have made a positive change in the salaries or status of librarians and/or support staff. The Award Jury is looking forward to receiving the stories of champions that have had a local, regional or national impact. The winner will receive a $5000 award, courtesy of the SirsiDynix Corporation. Each candidate must have three nominations, using the electronic application form at www.ala-apa.org/salaries/sirsidynixnominationform.html. The deadline … Read the rest

Call for Certification and Salaries Committee Volunteers

ALA President-elect Jim Rettig is seeking applications and nominations for appointments to 2008-2009 ALA Allied Professional Association committees. Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2008 Annual Conference.

Mr. Rettig will fill slots on the following committees:  Certification Program, CPLA Certification Review, Promotion and Fundraising, Publishing, Salaries and Status of Library Workers, SirsiDynix  – ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Promotion of the Salaries and Status of Library Workers Jury (see charges below).

All applicants must complete and submit the electronic … Read the rest

Registration now open for September CPLA courses from PLA

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting registrations for five specialized continuing education courses to be offered in September 2007 in partnership with local library systems.  Each of these courses has been approved for the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) program and registration is open to CPLA candidates as well as librarians looking for quality, specialized continuing education.  Courses to be offered in September 2007 include:

ALA’s Office for Literacy and Outreach Services and ALA-APA Find Out What Rural Librarians Think About Their Salaries

CHICAGO – Rather than assume based on salary and cost-of-living comparisons, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) asked the constituents served by the American Library Association Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) their thought about their salaries.  The results were insightful and sometimes surprising.  The Rural Libraries Salary Survey was conducted by ALA-APA for a panel discussion at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The program was entitled, “Rural and Small Libraries vs. Small Salaries.”  ALA-APA and … Read the rest

Librarian Salary Survey Reports Median Librarian Salary Up 2.8 Percent to $57,809 in 2007; Non-MLS Position Salaries Also Reported

Results from the 2007 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic and ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic are now available in two ways – immediately for subscribers to the ALA-APA Library Salary Database and in print in August from the American Library Association (ALA) online store. Analysis of data from more than 800 public and academic libraries showed the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited Master’s Degrees reported increased 2.8 percent from … Read the rest

A Hipper Crowd of Shushers

By Kara Jesella, New York Times: July 8, 2007

ON a Sunday night last month at Daddy’s, a bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, more than a dozen people in their 20s and 30s gathered at a professional soiree, drinking frozen margaritas and nibbling store-bought cookies. With their thrift-store inspired clothes and abundant tattoos, they looked as if they could be filmmakers, Web designers, coffee shop purveyors or artists.

When talk turned to a dance party the group had recently given … Read the rest

PLA receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to help public libraries build skills and experience needed to increase local support and funding

$7.7 million grant will fund national training program for library staff and supporters

(Washington, D.C.) – Susan Hildreth, president of the Public Library Association (PLA) announced during the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded PLA a $7.7 million grant to develop and provide a national advocacy training program for public librarians over the next three years.

Research shows that the public is often unaware of the contributions … Read the rest

ALA and Western Council to Develop Library Support Staff Certification with Laura Bush IMLS Grant

The American Library Association, in partnership with the Western Council of State Libraries, has been awarded $407,111 to develop the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).  ALA and WCSL, led by project directors Nancy Bolt and Dr. Karen Strege, will develop a national voluntary certification program for support staff in public and academic libraries. Needs assessments for the last fifteen years have called for a national, standardized certification program for library support staff. The three-year project will result in a … Read the rest

PLA to introduce new “Toolkit for Success” at ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) will introduce its latest publication, “Libraries Prosper with Passion, Purpose and Persuasion: A PLA Toolkit for Success,” at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, June 21-27, 2007.   The Toolkit will be available for purchase in the ALA Store for $100 ($90 with ALA member discount).

Copies of the Toolkit will be available for preview in the PLA booth at the ALA Member Pavilion in the Exhibits Hall.  Additionally, PLA … Read the rest

Best of ALA-APA Library Worklife Newsletter Sent to ALA Members

This week, the ALA-APA is sending out a free special issue of its electronic newsletter, Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today’s Leaders.  Twenty-six of the most popular articles from the past 3 ½ years are being emailed to ALA individual and institutional members.  Articles cover topics as diverse as successful pay raises in libraries, determining your transferable skills, whether library degrees matter for directors, how to fire someone the right way, recruiting diverse candidates and avoiding job … Read the rest

New CPLA candidates and courses approved

The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved five candidates and one program course during the Spring 2007 review.  The new course in Marketing will be offered online by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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. … Read the rest

ALA-APA Library Salary Survey Deadline Extended

CHICAGO – Library Directors and Human Resources staff – Check your mail!  Almost four thousand public and academic libraries were asked to participate in the 2007 ALA-APA Library Salary Survey and we would like more responses to ensure the most valid data set.  This year, the Librarian and Non-MLS Salary Surveys are combined.  The new deadline is Monday, April 30, 2007, for completing the Web-based survey.  Postcards have been sent addressed to the attention of the Library Director or Human … Read the rest

How do your library salaries measure up? Consult the Library Salary Database for industry-specific information

CHICAGO – The Library Salary Databaseis a new easy-to-use tool that gives you instant access to the most comprehensive and accurate source for library employee salary information from a trusted source — the ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees and the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Research and Development. 

The Salary Database is available via the Web, and features salary information from the most recently published ALA-APA annual salary surveys of library workers. The database details … Read the rest

From the Daily Digest of the Congressional Record

Employee Free Choice Act: The House passed H.R. 800, to amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an efficient system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations and to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing, by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 185 noes, Roll No. 118…. Read the rest

ALA-APA unveils Union Wiki

( CHICAGO ) ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees announces the creation of ALA-APA Union, a user-contributed wiki. This wiki is a resource both for current union members and for library professionals seeking information about joining or starting a union.

Unions are one of many ways library workers may improve salaries,” says ALA-APA Director Jenifer Grady. “ALA-APA cannot do collective bargaining, so its goal is to empower others to raise their salaries and benefits. Union membership … Read the rest

Libraries Nationwide Invited to Participate in ALA-APA Library Salary Survey

CHICAGO – Library Directors and Human Resources staff – Check your mail! Almost four thousand public and academic libraries are being asked to participate in the 2007 ALA-APA Library Salary Survey. This year, the Librarian and Non-MLS Salary Surveys are combined. The deadline is Friday, March 30, 2007, for completing the Web-based survey. Letters will sent out this week and be addressed to the attention of the Library Director or Human Resources Manager, in envelopes with the ALA-APA logo.

The … Read the rest

Submit a Star for National Library Workers Day on April 17, 2007

CHICAGO – Start the celebration early for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) by submitting information about your favorite worker and what makes him or her special to the NLWD Stars Web site – www.ala-apa.org/about/nlwdstarsform.html. NLWD is celebrated on Tuesday, April 17, during the American Library Association (ALA)-sponsored National Library Week.

NLWD is sponsored by ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees, which advocates for improving the salaries and status of librarians and support staff.

NLWD Stars will … Read the rest

U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Employee Free Choice Act Tomorrow, March 1, 2007

The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on H.R. 800, which protects employees’ right to form unions. In June, 2006, the ALA Annual Conference, the ALA-APA Council voted in favor of a resolution supporting the Employee Free Choice Act – http://www.ala-apa.org/about/2005-2006APACD8_2R.pdf.

The ALA Washington Office prepared a statement of ALA-APA Support.

The AFL-CIO Web site has information about the Act and testimonies from workers who were penalized for trying to form unions and experts…. Read the rest

Alachua County Library District, Connie Dowell and Theresa McMahan named winners of the 2006-2007 Sirsi-Dynix – ALA-APA Award for Improving Salaries

CHICAGO – The ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA-APA) is pleased to announce that Alachua County Library District (Fla.), Connie Vinita Dowell (San Diego State University) and Theresa McMahan (Sullivan County Library System, Tenn.) are the winners of the third annual SirsiDynix – ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.

The award is given to an individual, group of individuals or institution that have made an outstanding contribution to improving … Read the rest

New CPLA online courses and candidates approved

CHICAGO  - The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved 28 candidates and eight more program courses at the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle .  The Public Library Association (PLA) will manage the new courses.

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 program now has 67 … Read the rest

ALA-APA Council passes resolution to endorse a nonbinding minimum salary for professional librarians

(CHICAGO) At the American Library Association (ALA) 2007 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, January 19 – 24, the ALA-Allied Professional Association: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA-APA) Council adopted a resolution to endorse a nonbinding minimum salary for professional librarians. The resolution states that: “over three-quarters of respondent library workers support the establishment of salary minimums for librarians, with the most common salary figure cited being $40,000.”

The resolution endorses a minimum salary for professional librarians of not … Read the rest

“Librarian Salary Survey” reports mean librarian salary up more than 4% to $56,259 in 2006

CHICAGO  - The 2006 edition of the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic” (previously known as “Librarian Salary Survey”) is available for purchase from the American Library Association (ALA)  online store . With data from more than 1,000 public and academic libraries, the mean salary reported increased 4.6 percent from 2005, up $2,480 in 2006.

Published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), the survey shows aggregated data from more than 10,000 individual salaries at the state … Read the rest

ALA-APA Has a New Name

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Board of Directors, at its spring meeting, decided on a new informal name for the organization. The legal/official name of the organization remains the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association, but the informal name, which will be used prominently in all media, is now ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees . ALA-APA’s Council has requested a name that explains the missions of the organization almost since its inception in 2002. ” … Read the rest

New CPLA Courses and Candidates!

At the 2006 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, the Certified Public Library Administrator Program Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved two more courses for the CPLA program. Both new online courses will be offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The approved courses are core – Budget and Finance and Organization and Personnel Management – and will be taught by Dr. Robert Burger.

Eleven candidates were also approved, who work in libraries in Florida, Louisiana, Ohio, Illinois, … Read the rest

ALA-APA Surveys Non-MLS positions

CHICAGO-The first edition of the ALA- Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Non-MLS Salary Survey will be available in late August. This is the first survey to collect information on a large number of the positions within libraries that do not require an MLS degree from an ALA-accredited institution. This study is a companion report to the annual ALA-APA Survey of Librarian Salaries published by the ALA-APA and the American Library Association Office for Research and Statistics (ORS).

The study, available at … Read the rest

First Class of Certification Candidates Approved!

The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) now has sixteen candidates for certification. The CPLA Certification Review Committee approved them on National Library Workers Day, April 4. Candidates have an average of 12 years of management experience and have supervised an average of 24 employees, and all are eager to begin the program. Members of this first class reside in three regions of the United States and in Nassau, Bahamas. Denise Zielinski, a member of the CPLA CRC, said, Read the rest

AFSCME Local 1526 and James Fish are SirsiDynix – ALA-APA Award Winners

CHICAGO – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is pleased to announce that AFSCME Local 1526 of the Boston Public Library and James Fish, director of the Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library are the winners of the second annual SirsiDynix – ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. The award is given to an individual, group of individuals or institution that have made an outstanding contribution to improving the salary and status of … Read the rest

Seven courses approved for Public Library Administrator Certification program

CHICAGO -The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee has approved seven courses in its first application review during the American Library Association ‘s Midwinter Meeting in San Antonio.

The approved courses cover all four core standards, as well as two of the five electives. The standards and providers for core standards are:

  • Budget and Finance, taught by William Sannwald, sponsored by ALA’s Library Administrators and Management Association (LAMA)
  • Management of Technology,
  • Read the rest

Libraries nationwide soon will receive non-MLS salary survey

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) has collected and published salary information on librarians with ALA-accredited masters degrees since 1982. In 2005, that survey was expanded to address the request by the library community to have state-level data. In 2006, we will be conducting the first annual non-masters degree in library science (non-MLS) salary survey!

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) and the ALA Office for Research and Statistics (ORS) will conduct the inaugural non-MLS salary survey beginning … Read the rest

Certified Public Library Administrator Program application process opens on January 17, 2006

CHICAGO – Public librarians – what’s next? Certification! The online application for the Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) will become active on Tuesday, January 17. Those who want to be the first to participate in this program may apply at www.ala-apa.org/certification/cplaapplication.html.

The application fee for the CPLA program is $250 for American Library Association (ALA) members and $300 for non-American Library Association members . The Certification Review Committee will review applications on a quarterly basis, beginning in the … Read the rest

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association renaming contest deadline extended

CHICAGO – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has extended its renaming contest deadline to January 31, 2006, to provide additional time to suggest a new name that encompasses the organization’s dual missions.

The ALA-APA was established in 2002 to offer certifications for library staff in specialized fields and to advocate for the status of – and better salaries for – library workers.

“With all the challenges it faces in improving the status and educational qualifications of library workers, … Read the rest

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association needs an extreme makeover – for its name!

CHICAGO – The American Library Association -Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is in search of a new name. The American Library Association established the ALA-APA in 2002 to advocate for the status and to better the salaries for library workers, and to offer certifications for library staff in specialized fields. With all the challenges ALA-APA faces in improving the status and educational qualifications of library workers, the association is in need of a name that reflects its mission.

“Awareness of the … Read the rest

ALA survey of librarian salaries now has state-level reporting and includes smaller public libraries

CHICAGO – The 2005 ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries will be available in October 2005. The annual survey report has undergone three significant changes to help managers and librarians in academic and public libraries: small libraries were surveyed; the pool of respondents was tripled to capture state-level data; and salaries are not annualized. The fourth change is that the ALA-Allied Professional Association and American Library Association Office for Research Services (ORS) are publishing it cooperatively.

Both organizations invite you to … Read the rest

ALA and ALA-APA seek proposals for national salary surveys

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) and the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) are seeking proposals to conduct two national Web-based salary surveys and develop a searchable database from both surveys. The first survey will be the 2006 edition of the long-standing series ” ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries .” The second survey will be a Web-based survey of support staff salaries. The surveys cover both public and academic libraries.

The final products for each survey will be data tables … Read the rest

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 organizations, including library schools, consortia and systems, state agencies and others may offer CPLA- approved courses.

The goal of the certification program is to improve … Read the rest

Maurice Freedman and Dorothy Morgan Win Dynix-ALA-APA Award for Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers

CHICAGO – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is pleased to announce the winners of the first Dynix-ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers. Jury member James Hill, Chair of the ALA Library Support Staff Interests Round Table, said, ” We had many outstanding applications and it was a very tough decision but we chose two well-deserving individuals.” Maurice Freedman and Dorothy Morgan were chosen, Freedman for raising awareness of salary inequities within … Read the rest