*Please be aware that we had some minor technical difficulties during the webinar, specifically from 10:40 – 12:35 and 15:08 – 18:45.
This program’s goal is for graduates of college Library Technical Assistant (also called other titles) programs to apply for and receive the LSSC without submitting portfolios or completing other courses. These graduates must meet other LSSC eligibility requirements of a high school degree or its equivalent. If graduates do not have the required experience, of 1820 hours working in a library during the last five years, we offer a provisional certification until they obtain this experience.
This program offers Library Support Staff a dual recognition of their accomplishment – a LTA degree or certificate and national certification.
ALA-APA reviews a college’s graduation requirements and courses that cover the LSSC competency sets. If ALA-APA finds that a college requires its graduates to complete courses that cover the three required LSSC competencies and three of the electives competencies, ALA-APA will propose an agreement. This is not an accreditation program.
If you are on the faculty or the coordinator of a LTA program and interested in the Agreement Program, please contact Ian Lashbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a student or a graduate of one of the colleges with agreements or under review or if you are interested in proposing a college program for review, please contact Ian Lashbrook at email@example.com.
Colleges that are in the agreement process
Fresno City College, California
Pueblo Community College, Colorado
Georgia Perimeter College
College of Lake County, Illinois
University of Maine at Augusta
Bluegrass Community College, Kentucky
Northampton Community College, Pennsylvania
Spokane Falls Community College, Washington
Colleges with Recognition Agreements include the following colleges
Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Library Association established the LSSC Program and supports ALA-APA’s work with LTA programs.
This archived webinar gives colleges more information about their project.