On Thu, 2 May 1996, Anelle Kloski wrote: > Dalia - Didnt the AHIP thing start out as a certification? > Not quite - MLA had a certification program, also renewable every 5 years with CE etc., and the crtierai were different then: Either a Medical Library reference course at the MLS level + 2 years work experience to qualify for certification, OR one had to havae 2 years exerience + sit for the test. When the AHIP came into being, all "certified Librarians were grandfathered into the Academy, with a 5-year deadline for renewing the "honor" (at considerable costs and efforts, as many of the comments indicate). Again, it is probably of value on one's resume, since it is maybe soemthing that might impress the administrator who is doing the interviewing, if the institution is looking for soemone with some "crediantials" besides a basic degree. I still like the plain old "certification" concept for hospital librarians.