ALA-APA - Talking Points


  • The ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”

  • To that end, the ALA-APA is focused on two broad areas: Certification of individuals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree; and direct support of comparable worth and pay equity initiatives, and other activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers.


  • 65 librarians have completed the Certified Public Library Administrator program. It has more than 165 candidates and courses offered by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Public Library Association. This exciting program gives library managers and directors in libraries of all sizes the practical and library-specific skills they need to be effective in budgeting, marketing, personnel management, building management, grant writing, technology management and service to diverse populations. Candidates complete seven short courses, many of which are online, over up to five years. Eligibility is an MLS and 3 years of supervisory experience in a public library. The application fee is $250 for ALA members and courses average $300.
  • The Library Support Staff Certification Program is growing daily with 323 candidates and 32 graduates of the program. Candidates demonstrate competency in six of ten competency sets by creating portfolios or taking approved courses. Competency sets include communication, foundations of librarianship, technology, collection management, access services, supervision, and youth services. The application fee is $325 and portfolios are free. Courses average $300. Eligibility is a high school diploma and 1 year of library work, paid or unpaid, within the last 5 years. The program was originally funded by ALA and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

National Library Workers Day (NLWD)

  • NLWD’s purpose is to recognize the hard work, dedication and expertise of library support staff and librarians. The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) established the special day in 2003. NLWD is now celebrated each year on the Tuesday of National Library Week .

Salary Advocacy

  • ALA-APA teaches library staff how to negotiate better salaries for pay equity.

  • ALA and ALA-APA are partners with the National Committee on Pay Equity, and encourages library staff to commemorate Equal Pay Day each year.

  • Publishes “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic” biennially and the “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Non-MLS – Public and Academic” (2007).

  • “Library Salary Database,” which is $50 for a 30-day subscription or $150 for a year - - includes data for both from 2006 to present.

  • Purchase the print from the ALA store -

  • The ALA-APA Better Salaries and Pay Equity Toolkit and Pay Equity Bibliography.

Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today’s Leaders

  • “Library Worklife: HR E-News for Today’s Leaders” features articles about salaries, statistics, career advancement and HR practices. Monthly benefit for all ALA members.