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ALA issues RFP for national salary survey

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) seeks proposals to conduct a national Web-based salary survey for the 2012 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic. The survey is sent to directors and human resources staff in a random sample of both public and academic libraries.

The contractor will be responsible for distributing the survey to the sample in early 2012, collecting and analyzing the data and preparing the data for print and database use. … Read the rest

The Library Support Staff Certification Program Recognizes Library Assistant Graduates

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with three Library Assistant Training Programs that will allow their graduates to receive the LSSC without having to further demonstrate their skills and knowledge. These programs include the Library and Information Technology Program at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; the Library Technical Assistant program at the Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Library Technology Program at Palomar College in San Marcos, … 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
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Clinton Kelly gives academic librarians advice on change

Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s show What Not to Wear, was the closing keynote speaker at the 2011 Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference in Philadelphia, PA, on April 2.  Kelly is a fashion expert, and perhaps a life coach as he relates our personal image to our personal success and contentment.  He asked, “How do we know we’re ready for change?” and advised that everyone should “embrace our flaws and gifts, … Read the rest

An Effective Resume That Gets Call-Backs:

Reflections from a resume-writing workshop with JoAnn Blakey, President of Career Pathways, Inc.

Do you think you’ve heard enough about resume-writing? If you get one more tip will you scream? Are you tired of thinking that you might be the reason you aren’t getting a job? Well, when you get to that point, take another class or read another book about resume-writing. You may be re-inspired. It’s probably not you; it’s the fact that this is an … Read the rest

How the economy is affecting library services

A report from the 2009 ALA-APA Salary Survey

Each year, a set of timely questions are a feature of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic.  In 2009, the responding staff was asked about the direction and percentage of impact the economy has had on library activities.  Of the 1,179 libraries (701 public and 478 academic) who responded to the salary survey overall, we thank the 459 (65.5 percent) public library and 164 (34.3 percent) academic … Read the rest

How the economy is affecting library recruiting

A report from the 2009 ALA-APA Librarian Salary Survey

Each year, a set of timely questions are a feature of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic. In 2009, the responding staff was asked about the direction and percentage of impact the economy has had on library recruiting. Of the 1,179 libraries (701 public and 478 academic) who responded to the salary survey overall, we thank the 507 (72.3 percent) public library and 356 (74.5 percent) … Read the rest

ALA-APA Programs for the People at ALA Annual Conference

What Does Certification Have to Do With Me? Am I Missing Something?

Saturday, July 11, 9:15 – 10:15 am, Hyatt Regency McCormick Conf Ctr 21b

Voluntary certification through the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP) will redefine how you think about yourself by expanding your perspective and your skill sets beyond your immediate place in your library. The LSSCP program will address your current and future professional development needs and the service needs of your employers and communities … Read the rest

Library Employee Benefits 2003 and 2008: A Report From the 2008 Librarian Salary Survey

Given the current economic downturn, one might assume that libraries are offering fewer benefits than they were five years ago. The results of the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic (Librarian Salary Survey) confirm this assumption, but also offer several surprises. The supplemental question in the 2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian was a five-year follow-up to the 2003 ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries on benefits provided to library staff (Lynch 2003). Twenty-one common benefits … Read the rest

Library Staff Salaries 2007: Librarian Salaries Increase 2.8 Percent; Some Non-MLS Salaries in the Six-Figures

By Jenifer Grady, Denise Davis and Jamie Bragg

Results of the 2007 ALA-APA Salary Surveys offer hope for advocates of higher salaries for library workers. According to the surveys, the mean salary of librarians rose faster than some estimates of inflation. Six-figure salaries were reported for several non-MLS positions. This update will report highlights from two surveys: ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian—Public and Academic (Librarian Salary Survey) and ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS—Public and Academic (Non-MLS Salary Survey).… Read the rest