Category Archives: ALA-APA News

Enitweta Y. Lavergne Named First African American Director of the Evangeline Parish Library (La)

Enitweta Yvonne Lavergne became the first African American Director of the Evangeline Parish Library (Louisiana).  A 2015 graduate of the ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program, Lavergne began working at the library in 2008 in the Chataignier branch on a part-time basis.  “This changed my life,” she said. She worked for 32 years in the banking industry in San Diego and retired as Assistant Vice President of Union Bank of San Diego, where she managed the employee loan department. Read the rest

Susan Baier Named Executive Director of Allen County Public Library (In)

The Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Susan Baier as the next executive director of the Allen County Public Library. A 2016 graduate of the ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator program (CPLA), Baier received her MLS from the University of Kentucky. Currently, Baier is the director of the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, Kentucky.

Baier commented, “It’s the honor of a lifetime to lead Allen County Public Library. I’m thrilled Read the rest

National Library Workers Day is Coming!

During the pandemic, library workers have gone above and beyond what’s required to continue meeting library users’ needs. Let’s celebrate these stars! Start planning now for National Library Workers Day (NLWD) —Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Recognize all library workers who make library service possible every day. National Library Workers Day (#NLWD21) is a day for library users, administrators, staff, supporters, and friends to recognize the valuable contributions made by those who work in libraries. Libraries and organizations are encouraged Read the rest

How to Thrive in Uncertain Times Complimentary Webinar

As part of our efforts to support library workers during these difficult times, the ALA JobLIST Placement and Career Development Center will host a free webinar entitled How to Thrive in Uncertain Times on Sunday, January 24, 2021, 12:15 – 1:15 pm (Central). Register now, as space is limited.

Yes, we are in the middle of really challenging times. But that does not mean you have to step back, feel helpless, or exhaust yourself with anxiety. You can move forward Read the rest

Dr. Jill Biden to Close ALA Midwinter 2021 Virtual

A lifelong educator, Dr. Biden served as Second Lady of the United States from 2009–2017. She will return to the White House alongside her husband, President-elect Joe Biden, to serve as First Lady of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021. During the upcoming ALA 2021 Midwinter Virtual event, ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. will sit down with Dr. Jill Biden to discuss her work as a community college instructor and literacy advocate.

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits will Read the rest

Volunteer Now for APA Committees – Deadline Approaching

Volunteers are being sought for appointments to the 2021-2022 APA committees. The online committee volunteer form closes on January 15, 2021. Appointments will be made to the following committees: Certification Program, Certified Public Library Administrator Certification Review, Library Support Staff Certification Review and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (SSLW).  We are also seeking volunteers for the following SSLW subcommittees: Pay Equity, Research and Resources and Statistic, and Unions. Visit APA Committee’s page to view committee charges. 

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Still Time to Register for ALA 2021 Midwinter Virtual Event

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits is virtual this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Five days jam-packed with educational sessions, inspiring speakers, meetings, and loads of fun activities in the virtual Exhibit Hall! If you have not already done so, there is still time to register. Check out the Program Scheduler on the Midwinter Virtual website and follow #alamw21 for updates and announcements. Be a part of this exciting event.Read the rest

Give the Gift of Membership

ALA membership makes the perfect gift! This winter season, you can pay it forward and give the gift of ALA membership. ALA membership can build someone’s professional career by opening opportunities to learn and develop skills, expanding networks among colleagues across library types, and providing the chance to get involved in the library community at the national level. A gift of membership is the perfect way to surprise a colleague, friend, staff or library student in your life. 

Giving the Read the rest

Volunteers Wanted for APA Committees

Volunteers are being sought for appointments to the 2021-2022 APA committees. The online committee volunteer form is open now and closes on January 15, 2021. Appointments will be made to the following committees: Certification Program, Certified Public Library Administrator Certification Review, Library Support Staff Certification Review and Salaries and Status of Library Workers (see committee charges, visit APA Committee’s page). Appointments take effect after the ALA 2021 Annual Conference. To ensure broad representation and diversity on all committees, Read the rest

Special Discounted Rates for ALA Midwinter 2021 Virtual

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits is virtual this year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Five days jam-packed with educational sessions, inspiring speakers, meetings, and loads of fun activities in the virtual Exhibit Hall! 

Special rates include:

  • $85 for Retired, Life, Trustee, Non-Salaried, and Support Staff (must be an ALA Member).
  • No Cost for ALA Student Members.
  • No Cost for ALA Members recently furloughed, laid off, or experiencing a reduction of paid work hours. 

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