Public library managers are invited to join the Certified Public Library Administrator Program

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) invites public library managers to apply for the Certified Public Library Administrator Program.  Candidates learn about budgeting, personnel, building management, grantwriting and more – the skills a manager needs in the 21st century.  The application deadline is March 20, 2009.  CPLA® has nine graduates and 115 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 ALA-accredited master’s degrees in library and information studies.  Public librarians who have gaps in their managerial experience, are looking for practical professional development or need a flexible credential, should consider applying.  There are courses on nine different management topics offered online, face-to-face and at American Library Association conferences.  Courses may also be taken by individuals who are not part of the CPLA program –

The candidates are from 29 states, Ontario, British Columbia and Nassau, Bahamas. To their course work they bring, on average, a decade of supervisory experience. Even with their considerable management skills they consider CPLA® a valuable source of knowledge. Several candidates have been promoted or changed positions during their candidacy. 

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.