Monday, March 16, 2009

Who wants to be a Certified Public Library Administrator?

Dr. Terri Maggio cme to Assumption Parish in 2007, and had already done most of the CPLA work prior to her arrival. She decided that since she was “between positions” she would have an additional credential. She also thought that she would be able to acquire more skills which would make her both a better administrator and a more attractive candidate.

Many other states have certification 14 require public library certification. She showed a slide with the history of the certification program. She started in the fall of 2006.

“My career goals are to continually improve my skills and knowledge in order to improve and streamline existing library services and to manage library personnel as a leader.” Debra Czarnik, Cape Coral FL

Other reasons to apply included addition to the resume, to find a better job, and to become knowledgeable in areas that you are unfamiliar with.

There are four core standards: budget and finance; management of technology; organization and personnel administration; and planning and management of buildings. She took six of her seven courses through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are offered online, do not even require that you do the online class live. There is discussion and an archive of the lectures, chats, and electronic discussions. Most cost about $300. Total cost was about $3,500.

There are currently 114 public librarians. Nine have finished the program so far. You need to complete four core courses and three electives within 5 years. There are also intensive 2-day courses scattered around the country.

Providers include: University of North Texas, UIUC, PLA, and Southeastern Massachusetts Library System.

Recertification is required every 5 years and requires 60 hours of continuing education.

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