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 and ALA-accredited master’s degrees in library and information studies.

The candidates are from 32 states and Nassau, Bahamas.  They average eight years of supervisory experience and have expressed how beneficial the courses are, regardless of how long they have been practicing.
Courses on nine different management topics are provided by associations, library schools and ALA divisions, offered online, face-to-face and at ALA conferences.  Dr. Arlita Harris of the University of North Texas (UNT) continues to be involved because, “our students needed additional administrative preparation in working with our key stakeholders, especially in the public library.”

Courses may also be taken by individuals who are not part of the CPLA program –

CPLA invites you to apply to become a candidate or a course provider. The next deadline for provider and candidate reviews is March 8. The application for participants may be found on the CPLA Web site: The RFP for providers is here:

If you have questions, please call the ALA-APA Office at (800)545-2433, ext. 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.