Magazine article American Libraries

Bylaws, Budget Garner Enthusiastic Council Approval. (Allied Professional Association)

Magazine article American Libraries

Bylaws, Budget Garner Enthusiastic Council Approval. (Allied Professional Association)

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The ALA Council convened January 28 in its companion role as Council for the new ALA Allied Professional Association. Councilors approved the bylaws and budget of the new legal entity, which it established last year to enable certification of individuals in specializations beyond the first professional degree, and to work for better salaries,, pay equity, and increased status for librarians and other library workers.

Led by ALA/APA Transition Team chair Nancy Kranich, the Council discussion moved along more swiftly than many had expected, thanks to behind-the-scenes finessing that made the bylaws, rules, procedures, and principles (ALA-APA CD#2 revised, CD#2.1) clearer than they had been during the chaotic discussions at last year's Annual Conference (AL, Aug. 2002, p. 88).

ALA Treasurer Liz Bishoff reviewed highlights of the APA business plan (ALA-APA CD#3, CD#3.1 revised), noting that it calls for a full-time director and a part-time administrative assistant. The Council approved a budgetary ceiling of $60,584 for FY 2003 (ALA-APA CD#4).

Bernard Margolis, a vocal opponent of establishing the APA, called for an additional legal opinion "to clarify the extent to which better-salaries advocacy can be accomplished within the current ALA structure without jeopardizing the tax status of ALA. …

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