ALA-APA Council – Jan. 17, 2010

ALA-APA Executive Director’s Report – Keith Michael Fiels

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will begin accepting applications from public and academic library support staff on Monday, January 25, 2010.  The program requires that candidates complete six of ten competency sets developed by experts and with extensive feedback from support staff, employers, faculty, and librarians.  Candidates will apply and complete the program using an online system called LiveText.  More details can be found at the LSSC Program website at

ALA-APA Fiscal Report – Rod Hersberger, Treasurer

The ALA-APA ended FY09 with a negative net asset balance ($263,671).  The Finance & Audit Committee discussed this point during their fall meeting.  After consultation with ALA’s legal counsel, it was decided that the amount of the original loan of $250,000 should be increased to $275,000.  This recommendation was forwarded to BARC for review.  BARC met on Jan. 4 to review the recommendation and concurred with the recommendation. 

Report from ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program Certification Review Committee

The program has more than 125 candidates and there are now 17 graduates.  Current course providers are the Public Library Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and University of North Texas LE@D Program.  The majority of candidates are from medium-sized libraries, serving communities of 25,000-99,999.  The next deadline for candidate and provider applications is March 12, 2010.  Librarians who apply before January 31 receive a $100 discount off the fee.

Report from ALA-APA Committee on Salaries and Status of Library Workers – Cristina Ramirez and Suzanne Sager

Ramirez presented a recommendation to approve a revision of salaries and status-related policy statements.  Council approved the recommendation.

National Library Workers Day on April 13, 2010 will focus on recognition of library workers and highlighting the jobs and responsibilities of library staff.


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