ALA Midwinter 2011 — ALA-APA Council Meeting

Jim Neal, ALA-APA Treasurer, presented his report.  He highlighted the three areas of activity for ALA-APA:  providing national certification for library workers (Certified Public Library Administrator Program and Library Support Staff Certification Program); advocating for salaries and training for library workers; and providing reports and analyses (Library Salary Survey, Non-MLS Salary Survey, Library Salary Database).  He happily reported that ALA-APA experienced a gain in net revenue of nearly $50,000. 

Cal Shepard, Chair of the ALA-APA Certified Public Library Administrator Program Certification Review Committee, presented her report.  Eleven candidates were accepted into the program, which currently has 133 candidates.  Five candidates submitted final reviews and were graduated from the program.  A total of 42 people have graduated from the program.  Committee goals from FY11 include assessing the appeals process; assessing the final review process; conducting a five-year review of the course competencies; and developing a committee orientation.

Peggy Seiden, Chair of the ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification Program Certification Review Committee, presented her report.  The program was launched in January 2010 and currently has 98 candidates.  Candidates complete six of ten competency sets in four years.  Among the committee goals for FY11-FY13 are:  adoption of certification renewal policy for candidates; establishing agreements with Library Technical Assistant Programs to grant some graduates the LSSC; and developing reciprocity with states requiring and considering certification. 

Cristina Ramirez, Chair of the ALA-APA Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers, presented her report.  Committee goals for 2010-2011 include:  promoting National Library Workers Day on Tuesday, April 12, 2011; recruiting volunteers for subcommittees; and promoting program sessions at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

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