New CPLA online courses and candidates approved

Contact: Jenifer Grady
For Immediate Release
February 16, 2007

New CPLA online courses and candidates approved

CHICAGO - The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) approved 28 candidates and eight more program courses at the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The Public Library Association (PLA) will manage the new courses.

The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited master’s degrees in library and information studies.

The program now has 67 candidates from 30 states. There are 30 courses on nine different management topics provided by associations, library schools and ALA divisions, offered online, face-to-face, and at ALA conferences. Courses may also be taken by individuals who are not part of the CPLA program -

CPLA invites you to apply to become a candidate or a course provider. The next deadline for provider and candidate reviews is March 16, 2007. The application for participants may be found on the CPLA Web site: The RFP for providers is here:

If you have questions, please call the ALA-APA Office. ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees is a service organization to the American Library Association and the library community. It has two missions: providing certification in specializations of librarianship and advocacy for salary improvement efforts.