Call for certification and salaries committee volunteers

Contact: Jenifer Grady
Director, ALA-APA
For Immediate Release,
November 27, 2007

Call for Certification and Salaries Committee volunteers

ALA President-elect Jim Rettig is seeking applications and nominations for appointments to 2008-2009 ALA Allied Professional Association committees. Appointments take effect at the conclusion of the 2008 Annual Conference.

Mr. Rettig will fill slots on the following committees: Certification Program; CPLA Certification Review; Promotion and Fundraising; Publishing; Salaries and Status of Library Workers; and SirsiDynix - ALA APA Award for Outstanding Promotion of the Salaries and Status of Library Workers Jury (see charges below).

All applicants must complete and submit the electronic 2008-2009 ALA-APA Committee Volunteer Form. The form is available at: You may serve on ALA-APA committees even if you are concurrently serving on up to three ALA committees.

In order to ensure broad representation and diversity on all committees, geographical location, type of library, gender, ethnicity, previous committee work (ALA, ALA-APA and other), relevant experience and other factors are considered when the committee rosters are compiled. Committee appointees will receive appointment letters after the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Appointees will begin their committee service at the conclusion of the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Nominations should be submitted no later than Monday, Dec. 3. Questions concerning appointments can be directed to ALA President-Elect Jim Rettig at or Jenifer Grady, ALA-APA Director, at .


Certification Program Committee: The committee is charged to (1) encourage and promote development of certification programs; (2) monitor and evaluate the progress of such programs; (3) encourage individuals to seek certification through such ALA-APA programs; and (4) make recommendations to the ALA-APA Board of Directors for general improvement to ALA-APA certification, based on evaluations and trends in certification practice.

Certification Review Committee for the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program: The ALA-APA Certification Review Committee (CRC) for the Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) is a standing committee with the following responsibilities: (1) Review and approve the requirements for certification and re-certification; (2) Establish guidelines for education programs offered by providers; (3) Review and approve education providers based on the provider's testimony that the provider's program fulfills the guidelines (ALA-APA will develop, with advice from legal counsel, a disclaimer that says that ALA-APA does not "endorse" a specific provider); (4) Oversee the process for development and validation of the certification program; (5) Address appeals from applicants and refer them if necessary to the ALA-APA Board of Directors; (6) Review periodically (at least every five years) the standards established for the certification program and request that the [ALA] division(s) make changes as needed; and (7) Work cooperatively with ALA-APA and ALA staff.

Promotion and Fundraising: To develop strategies and tactics to support advocacy, promotion and marketing for the ALA-APA. To work in consultation with the ALA-APA director and appropriate marketing and fundraising professionals, within and external to ALA, to develop fundraising and marketing programs and campaigns on behalf of the ALA-APA.

Publishing: The committee's charge is: to review and recommend editorial policies for Library Worklife and other APA publications and to provide oversight for implementation of those policies; to assist the editor of Library Worklife to identify appropriate article topics and solicit potential authors; and to provide advice and counsel on ALA-APA's publishing programs.

Salaries and Status of Library Workers: This committee: advises the ALA-APA Council and Board of Directors on activities, issues and programs related to improving salaries, comparable worth, pay equity and increased status for librarians and other library workers. The committee also identifies special areas of need or emphasis, suggests activities and programs and stimulates programs and projects. The committee will encourage and help to coordinate volunteer support and involvement. In addition, it will aid in communication with librarians and library workers, in ALA and the field. The committee will report at least twice annually, in conjunction with the regularly-scheduled meeting of the ALA-APA Council, on progress toward goals.

SirsiDynix - ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Promotion of the Salaries and Status of Library Workers develops and administers a process for selecting an award recipient prior to the ALA Annual conference and presents the award at the conference's ALA-APA Networking Breakfast.