February 05, 2004

What's Next? ALA-APA?

In thinking about what to do next in our beloved Library world, my attention of late has been drawn to the ALA-APA. I wonder if anyone active in the ALA-APA reads the libraryman.com blog?

Here’s what the ALA-Allied Professional Association works for:
“Certification of individuals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree”
“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.”

It’s funny how on first glance these two things might seem unrelated. The subjects almost always come up when talking with fellow Librarians though. It seems we always agree that certifications and pay equity are not only intertwined, but are two of the most important issues in Librarianship today. Then we always agree that “pay equity” isn’t the right terminology, in relation to Public Libraries anyway. ;)

It does seem important though that since the fact that most Librarians don’t have an MLS/MLIS the “beyond the initial professional degree” portion might need a bit of extra attention. Not that this isn’t vital for degreed Librarians, but in meeting thousands of non-degree Librarians, their dedication and hard work is inescapable in thinking of these issues.

Considering they have an article up about networking, maybe I should reach out and try to get involved with these folks.

Posted by libraryman at February 5, 2004 05:02 PM

they are also dying for people to write for their newsletter. Drop Jen Grady a note and tell her you have a crafty idea....

Posted by: jessamyn at February 16, 2004 03:59 PM

Thanks, Jessamyn! I'll definitely contact Jen soon.

Posted by: MP at February 17, 2004 12:02 AM