Category Archives: ALA-APA News

ALA-APA Seeking Committee Volunteers

American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) President-elect Julie Todaro is seeking volunteers for appointments to 2016-2017 ALA Allied Professional Association committees.  The online committee volunteer form is open now and closes on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.  More details are available in a recent press release from ALA.Read the rest

October is National Work & Family Month

National Work & Family Month is a nationwide initiative designed to help business leaders learn new ways to ensure their workplaces are meeting the needs and challenges facing employees today.  Sponsored by WorldAtWork.org, the observance highlights the seven categories of work-life effectiveness including caring for dependents, health and wellness, workplace flexibility, financial support, paid and unpaid time off, community involvement and organizational culture.  Read the rest

#NLWD15 Energizes the Library Workforce

NLWD logo 2015By Ian Lashbrook

By the end of the day on April 14th, 2015, the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) had experienced one of its most successful National Library Workers Day (NLWD) campaigns since the day became part of National Library Week in 2003. Thousands of library workers and patrons honored the day by submitting library stars, purchasing NLWD merchandise, and/or posting about the day on social media networks using the #nlwd15 hashtag. Some of the highlights regarding the 2015 … Read the rest

Happy National Library Workers Day!

Today, Tuesday, April 14th, is National Library Workers Day (NLWD)!  It is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) established the special day in 2003. NLWD is now celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 12-18 in 2015).

The National Library Workers Day website encourages friends, patrons, employers and co-workers to “Submit a Star” by providing … Read the rest

Nominate Stars, Order T-Shirts, Buttons, Posters to Celebrate National Library Workers Day

National Library Workers Day (#NLWD15) will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  This day is designated as a day for library users, administrators, staffs, supporters and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all of those who work in libraries.

Sponsored by the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), National Library Workers Day is normally celebrated on the Tuesday of National Library Week.  Library organizations are encouraged to host a celebration and submit stars to honor great workers, teams … Read the rest

#NLWD15 is Coming!  Order Materials for Celebrations Now

Plans are now underway for this year’s celebration of National Library Workers Day(#NLWD15) on April 14, 2015. Sponsored by the ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), this day, celebrated on the Tuesday of National Library Week, is for library users, administrators, staffs, supporters and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by all of those who work in libraries. Library organizations are encouraged to host a celebration and submit a star to honor a great worker, team or … Read the rest

More Than 100 Graduates

The ALA-APA is very excited to announce that during the month of December 2014, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program surpassed 100 graduates! We would like to thank all of our graduates, current candidates, providers, and ALA committee members for helping us reach this milestone. To find out more about the LSSC Program, please visit the LSSC web site.… Read the rest

IMLS Offers Overview of WIOA Legislation

How will the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) improve the delivery of job training and workplace development? Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, explains how WIOA updates past workforce development lawsRead the rest

ALA applauds Congress for passing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On July 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, in a bipartisan vote 415-6. The passage of the bill comes after the U.S. Senate passed this legislation on a 95-3 vote on June 25th.

The American Library Association (ALA) would like to give special thanks to Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) for their long time efforts to include libraries in this legislation.

“We would like to thank … Read the rest

Library Offers Employee Wellness Plan With Onsite Gym, Financial Incentive

A public library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, offers an onsite gym and financial incentive to encourage the health of its employees. The program, started in 2009, has attracted involvement by 75 percent of its 245 benefit-elligible employees. A point system allows employees to qualify for a $520 bonus.… Read the rest