Category Archives: Certification

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program Continues to Grow!

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program offers library support staff the opportunity to commit to professional development and continuing education through the completion of competency sets developed and implemented by the ALA-APA.

There are currently over 550 active candidates pursuing their Certification and 179 Graduates who have become Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS)! For more information contact Kimberly L. Redd, Program Officer, Certification at KLredd@ala.org /800-545-2433 ext. 4279, or visit our website.Read the rest

Congratulations to CPLA and LSSC Graduates

Congratulations to those who have recently become credentialed through the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) or Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) programs. Those who earn these designations are proven leaders in all aspects of the library profession.

The CPLA program is a voluntary, post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three or more years of supervisory experience. CPLA candidates must successfully complete coursework in seven of nine competency/standard areas.  To earn the LSSC, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirementsRead the rest

ALA-APA announces course subsidy awards for LSSC Candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Profession Association (ALA-APA) announced today that the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering $200 subsidies to 90 candidates to complete LSSC-approved courses. If the cost of the course is less than $200, the subsidy will cover the cost of the entire course minus materials such as books. LSSC is a national, voluntary certification program administered by the ALA-APA.

All LSSC candidates are eligible to receive a subsidy by completing an application Read the rest

ALA-APA Programs at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia

If you are coming to the ALA Midwinter meetings in Philadelphia, be sure and join us for the certification update on Sunday, January 26th, 8:30 – 10:00am. A location has not been assigned yet, but you can check the Midwinter website for updates. Both LSSC and the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program will have information about the programs and current changes. We invite current and potential candidates, graduates of both programs, current educational providers of courses for candidates, and

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Free LSSC Portfolio Preparation Webinar on March 28

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will offer a free webinar on how to prepare a portfolio to meet LSSC requirements. On Thursday, March 28, at noon (Central), LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar explaining what the LSSC Program requires in a portfolio. The presentation will also give you the chance to see examples of successful submissions and learn how your portfolio will be evaluated. This webinar is open to all interested candidates. … Read the rest

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program Offers Financial Assistance

By Ian Lashbrook, ALA-APA Research Associate

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is proud to announce that, in cooperation with nine state-level library organizations, it will be offering Enrollment Assistance Awards (EAAs) this spring to library support staff applying for certification in the LSSC Program. 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 … Read the rest

LSSC Offers Two December Webinars Introducing LSSC, Explaining Portfolio Prep

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering two free webinars in December. Anyone interested in the programs are welcome to sign up by clicking the links below.

December 10th, 2pm Central Time – An Introduction to the LSSC Program

On Monday, December 10th at 2:00 pm (Central), LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar on the program and how it works. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library … Read the rest

ALA-APA Recognizes Graduates from the Central Carolina Community College and Highline Community College

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with Central Carolina Community College’s Library and Information Technology Program (North Carolina) and Highline Community College’s Library and Information Services Program (Washington). 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 … Read the rest

A New Round of Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards Offered by LSSIRT and Eleven States

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is proud to announce that the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) as well as eleven state library agencies will offer another round of financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the LSSC Program. 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.

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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 Read the rest