Category Archives: Certification

The Peer Perspective: Interview with Nancy Levin, Director of Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries

Under this issue’s Spotlight, Library Worklife features an interview with CPLA graduate Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. We turn now to Nancy Levin, Director of Heights Library and Hakala-Ausperk’s immediate supervisor. Levin shares her own impressions of the CPLA program, which she formed during Hakala-Ausperk’s CPLA studies.

LW: What are your impressions of Catherine’s involvement in the CPLA program?
NL: We benefitted from a number of activities that she created for homework. Specifically, we are using is a new way … Read the rest

Exciting news about the Library Support Staff Certification Program

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program had an active and productive year and has exciting plans, with a new three-year grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.

LSSC began accepting applications from certification candidates on January 25, 2010. Between then and August 8, 2010, 105 candidates have applied to be candidates. Admission criteria are a high school diploma or equivalent and one year of full-time volunteer or paid work in … Read the rest

Exciting News About the Library Support Staff Certification Program

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program had an active and productive year and has exciting plans, with a new three-year grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.

LSSC began accepting applications from certification candidates on January 25, 2010. Between then and August 8, 2010, 105 candidates have applied to be candidates. Admission criteria are a high school diploma or equivalent and one year of full-time volunteer or paid work in … Read the rest

Certified for Success

Reprinted with permission from the Association Forum of Chicagoland’s June/July 2010 issue of FORUM.

A good way to attain increased revenue is with a certification program that taps into members’ desire to gain a professional edge in the job market. The American Library Association actually has two: While one program offers certification for public library managers, the other offers it for public and academic library support staff. Because experience, education and expectations … Read the rest

Library Support Staff Certification Program Recruits Portfolio Evaluators

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is recruiting librarians to evaluate online portfolios.  You can learn more about how to become a portfolio evaluator and how evaluation works if you are attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC.  There will be a training on Monday, June 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in the Roosevelt-Wilson Room.

Portfolios will be evaluated by librarians who meet the following criteria:  a master’s degree … Read the rest

Certified Public Library Administrator Program graduates six, Adds five candidates

CHICAGO—The Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA) Certification Review Committee (CRC) granted certification to six CPLA® candidates who are now officially Certified Public Library Administrators. In addition, the committee approved five new candidates in its spring review. CPLA® now has 18 graduates and 132 candidates representing public libraries of all sizes across the nation.

The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience and ALA-accredited master’s … Read the rest

LSSC Accepts 80 Candidates in First Two Months

In its first two months, the Library Support Staff Certification Program has accepted over 80 candidates. The candidates hail from 25 states, and work in public and academic libraries of all sizes across the nation. To their coursework they bring, on average, over a decade of support staff experience.

Both early-career and more experienced support staff consider LSSC a valuable professional development resource. A library employee with nine years of support staff experience, Eva Fiffie feels that “the LSSP Program … Read the rest

Recognizing Value, Encouraging Growth:

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program Welcomes Candidate Applications

The American Library Association’s Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is accepting applications from potential candidates interested in achieving Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC). The LSSC Program is the first national, voluntary certification program for library support staff. Over forty candidates have applied since the program opened January 25, 2010.

Why are library support staff across the country applying for LSSC candidacy?

  • Eva Fiffie is excited that the LSSC program “will give me
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Focus: The Point of the CPLA

As a prospective Library Director, I believed that I had the work and life experience to be able to manage the staff, budget, building, and even the direction of a public library. I also believed that a Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Certification could provide the credential that said at a glance, “professional administrator.”

I landed my first Library Director position in June 2008 with support for the CPLA as part of the compensation package. I began … Read the rest

Seventeen Students Complete First Course in the Library Support Staff Certification Program

Seventeen students completed SLOL’s first LSSC course

The Library Support Staff Certification project celebrates the completion of its first course, Supervision and Management, offered by the State Library of Louisiana (SLOL).

Instructor and administrator Michael Golrick was pleased by the “level of enthusiasm and interest” demonstrated by the seventeen students who completed the course. “We thought we would have to do a great deal of marketing in order to get people interested in both certification and in the course,” says … Read the rest