LSSIRT, Ten States, Offer New Round of Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is proud to announce that the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) as well as ten state library agencies will offer another round of financial assistance to LSSC Program applicants. The LSSC Program offers library support staff the opportunity to achieve recognition for their existing skills and knowledge, to gain new skills and knowledge and to enhance their library’s service to the public.

The ten states participating are the Idaho Commission for LibrariesMissouri State Library, New York State LibraryState Library of Kansas,State Library of LouisianaTexas Library AssociationWashington State LibraryColorado Association of LibrariesTennessee State Library and ArchivesCalifornia State Library and the Wyoming State Library.

The Library Support Staff Interest Round Table will offer fifty Registration Assistance Awards in the fall of 2012. These $175 awards fund one-half of the LSSC registration fee; successful award recipients are responsible for the remainder of the fee. Information on the LSSC Program is available on the LSSIRT website as well as the LSSC website. Recipients will be selected by a drawing in late May. 

The state-level organizations will distribute up to 10 awards. To apply for an award from a participating states, please contact that state organization. An applicant is only eligible to apply for the state in which he or she resides.

Applications will be accepted April 1 – May 15, 2012. Applicants may apply for both the national and the state awards, but may only receive one award. 

The LSSC Program is partially funded by a grant to ALA from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, and managed by the ALA-Allied Professional Association.

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) provides a path to recognition and awareness of the critical role that library support staff play in the delivery of quality library service. To achieve certification, support staff must complete six of ten competency sets either through development of an online portfolio or taking approved courses. The competency sets are: Foundation of Library Service; Technology; Communication and Teamwork; Access Services, Adult Readers’ Advisory Services; Cataloging and Classification; Collection Management; Reference and Information Services; Supervision and Management; and Youth Services. 

Nancy Bolt, Co-Project Director of LSSC, notes that “the LSSC Program is really pleased that LSSIRT is continuing the Registration Assistance Awards. Library Support Staff will receive the recognition that they deserve by participating in LSSC. We appreciate IMLS’ support in recognizing the importance of qualified library support staff in providing excellent library service.” 

To be eligible to participate in LSSC and thus receive an Assistance Award, applicants must have a high school degree or its equivalent and have worked for the equivalent of one year (1820 hours) as a library staff member or volunteer within the last five years. 

For more information visit the LSSC website or email lssc@ala.org.