The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC) announces Project Participants

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that the LSSC program will partner with 11 Library Assistant Training (LTA) Programs in a project that will allow their graduates to receive the LSSC without having to further demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

These programs include the Community Care College in Oklahoma; NMSU-Dona Ana Community College in New Mexico; Central Carolina Community College in North Carolina; College of Lake County in Illinois; Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania; Fresno City College in California; Georgia Perimeter College; Palo Alto College in Texas; City College of San Francisco; Pueblo Community College in Colorado; and the Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Kentucky.

These programs and ALA-APA believe that college degrees or certificates coupled with the LSSC will benefit graduates, the library in which they work, and library users.  Lorelle Swader, Director of ALA-APA, said, “LTA graduates will be recognized for their acquired skills and knowledge with this national certification, which is becoming a standard for our profession. The LSSC will show employers of these graduates that they are serious about their work and their future.”

The ALA-APA will review these programs’ courses to find if graduates must complete courses that cover the majority of LSSC’s competency requirements.   If so, the LSSC will propose an agreement with the college.

ALA-APA is also working with the following colleges to review their courses and graduate requirements:  Ohio’s Belmont Community College; Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut; the Spokane Falls and the Highline Community Colleges in Washington; and Pasadena City College and Cuesta Community College in California.

The following colleges have agreements with LSSC:  The College of DuPage, Waubonsee Community College and Illinois Central College in Illinois; the Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana; and Palomar College in California.

LSSC is the national certification program endorsed by the American Library Association for library support staff.  The ALA LSSC competencies for library support staff work establish a model and a standard for the performance of support staff and LSSC recognizes the value that support staff bring to successful library service.

Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Library Association developed, established the LSSC Program, and support ALA-APA’s work with LTA programs.

To find out more about this degree or recognition agreements or about LSSC, please contact LSSC Program staff at