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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.