Certified Public Library Administrator Program

The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) is a post-MLS program for public librarians who want to learn more about issues such as budget and finance, personnel management, building maintenance, and technology management. Applicants should have an American Library Association accredited MLS and three or more years of supervisory experience.

The courses are designed to offer practical learning and exercises to strengthen concepts that arise when running a public library. There are eighteen courses, including several covering marketing, politics and networking, fundraising, and grant writing. Courses are offered by providers such as the Library Administration and Management Association, the North Suburban Library System (IL), PALINET, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of North Texas, and are taught by respected and experienced faculty.

Find the application and more information on the ALA-APA web site. The deadline for the midwinter review is January 5, 2007. There are currently thirty-seven candidates in the program.