ALA Midwinter 2014 — Sunday, Jan. 26 — ALA-APA Council Meeting

Mario Gonzalez, ALA-APA Treasurer, presented his report.  He reviewed the mission of the ALA-APA. It provides national certification for library workers via the Certified Public Library Administrator Program and the Library Support Staff Certification Program.  It also advocates for salaries and training for library workers and it provides reports and analyses via salary surveys.  At the end of 2013, revenues were down just over $31,000 from 2012, and expenses were down $3,199 over 2012.   Additionally ALA-APA made an interest payment of $6,300 to help pay off the loan from ALA.

Keith Michael Fiels, ALA-APA Executive Director, introduced Lorelle Swader, ALA-APA Director, who made a brief report on recent ALA-APA office activities.  The Certified Public Library Administrator program currently has 112 active candidates and 75 graduates. Graduates of the program will be eligible to receive credits toward re-certification for attending the 2014 PLA National Conference in Indianapolis.  The Library Support Staff Certification  (LSSC) program currently has 373 active candidates and 75 graduates.  The Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association Board have approved the LSSC Program as meeting requirements of the Oklahoma Public Librarian Certification Program at the highest level.  Oklahoma LSSC candidates who complete LSSC approved courses will receive credit toward Oklahoma certification.  The ALA-APA salary survey normally is published in even-numbered years and the newest edition was scheduled for publication in 2014.  Publication has been put on hold due to budgetary constraints within the overall ALA budget. Tuesday, April 15 will be National Library Workers Day. Libraries will have an opportunity to nominate a library worker star.  The Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee has updated the Pay Equity Bibliography.  It is a resource aimed at helping librarians and library workers understand what they are worth and then use the information to advocate for better pay in an effort to close the wage gap. 

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