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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, 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, 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!, — 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