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 a candidate in a program that is called “life-changing.”

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.  Management courses may also be taken by individuals who are not part of the CPLA program – http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/cplacourses.html.

If you are a public librarian with gaps in your managerial experience, are looking for practical professional development or need a flexible credential, consider applying.  There are courses on nine different topics offered online and face-to-face in budgeting, personnel, grant-writing, building management and more.

CPLA® invites you to apply to become a candidate. The application for participants may be found on the CPLA® Web site: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?951619-jV0KftOlzl.  If you have questions, please call the ALA-APA Office at (312) 280-2424.

ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees is a service organization to the American Library Association and the library community. It has two missions: providing certification in specializations of librarianship and advocacy for salary improvement efforts.