Certified Public Library Administrator Program Approves Seven New Candidates

CHICAGO – The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) committee approved seven new candidates at the 2008 American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. The Certification Review Committee (CPLA CRC) was pleased to announce that the program now has 106 candidates and seven graduates.

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. To their course work they bring, on average, a decade of supervisory experience.

There are active courses on nine different management topics provided by associations, library schools and ALA divisions, offered online, face-to-face and at ALA conferences. Courses may also be taken by individuals who are not part of the CPLA program – http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/.

CPLA invites you to apply to become a candidate or a course provider. The next deadline for applications is August 1, 2008, for a review on August 27. The application for participants may be found on the CPLA Web site: http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/. The RFP for providers is here: http://www.ala-apa.org/certification/. If you have questions, please call the ALA-APA Office.

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.