The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with North Carolina’s Central Carolina Community College’s Library and Information Technology Program, and Washington’s Highline Community College’s Library and Information Services Program. These agreements will allow these college graduates, who meet the established criteria, to receive the LSSC designation.
ALA-APA and the colleges believe that the graduate’s degree or diploma coupled with the LSSC will benefit those graduates, the library in which they work, and library users. Lorelle Swader, Director of ALA-APA, said, “These graduates will be recognized for their acquired skills and knowledge with this national certification, which is quickly becoming a standard for the profession. The LSSC will show employers of these graduates that they have made a commitment to furthering their own continuing professional development and future.”
The ALA-APA proposed these agreements after reviewing the colleges’ curriculum and finding that the graduates of its library programs have completed coursework that meets the majority of LSSC’s competency requirements.
ALA-APA is has similar agreements with the Pasadena City College and the Palomar Community College in California; the Waubonsee Community College, the College of DuPage, and the Illinois Central College in Illinois; and the Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. ALA-APA is working with 13 other colleges to see if their curriculums also meet the standards set forth by the LSSC competencies.
The LSSC Program is interested in working with other community or junior college library science programs.
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 community colleges.
To find out more about these degree recognition agreements or about LSSC, please contact LSSC Program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.