Category Archives: Support Staff

Free Webinar: How to Develop a Portfolio for the Library Support Staff Certification (LSCC) Program

The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational webinar discussing portfolio creation from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST on Tuesday, March 13.

Candidates for the program have two options for completing the competency sets needed for certification: taking and passing approved courses or compiling and submitting portfolios. This presentation will focus on helping candidates … Read the rest

The Library Support Staff Certification Program Recognizes Pasadena City College Graduates

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has completed an agreement with the Pasadena City College (PCC) Library Technology Certificate Program that will allow PCC graduates to receive the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) without having to complete additional courses or portfolios.

PCC and ALA-APA believe that the LSSC will benefit graduates, the library in which they work and library users. ALA-APA Director Lorelle Swader said, “This national Certification will recognize PCC graduates for their acquired skills and knowledge. The … Read the rest

Free Webinar: Developing a Portfolio for the LSSC Program

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program, a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and receive certification from the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational webinar discussing portfolio creation from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Candidates for the program have two options for completing the competency sets needed for certification: taking and passing approved courses or compiling and submitting portfolios. This presentation will focus on helping candidates … Read the rest

LSSC Announces Financial Assistance, LTA Cooperative Agreements

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program announces two new initiatives: financial assistance for fifty LSSC applicants, and a program of cooperative agreements with Library Technical Assistance (LTA) programs.

Financial Assistance
The Library Support Staff Interest Round Table (LSSIRT), in cooperation with LSSC, now offers offers financial assistance to LSSC applicants. Recipients of LSSIRT’s Registration Assistance Awards will receive $175, half of the LSSC’s $350 registration fee. Fifty recipients will be selected; 114 applied. The fifty recipients will be announced … Read the rest

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program offers free webinar November 15

The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC), a national certification program that allows library support staff to demonstrate competencies and be certified by the American Library Association (ALA), will offer an hour-long informational webinar at 2 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The presentation will explain the value of this certification to library support staff, employers and library users. Attendees will also have the opportunity to have their questions answered by program staff members.

For more information on the webinar … Read the rest

New Supervisor for Student Workers

With shortages of professional and para-professional staff, student workers have become a mainstay in academic libraries. With this unique group of library workers comes unique managerial challenges. Whereas previous generations of student workers desired to work to gain experience for future careers, today’s student workers are more likely to feel entitled. What can and should be done? In the past, I indirectly supervised student workers through their immediate supervisor. I thought I would know … Read the rest

Library Support Staff Certification Program – An Introductory Webinar: September 16

Learn about the new Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC) from ALA.  Understand its value to LSS, their employers, and for library users. Hear a summary of the nuts and bolts of the program and have all of your questions answered by program staff members.

Title: Library Support Staff Certification Program – An Introduction
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.… Read the rest

LSSC Accepting Applications for Course Subsidies

July 29, 2010 – The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is accepting applications for 55 subsidies of $200 from LSSC Candidates to enroll in and complete LSSC-approved courses. Candidates who receive a subsidy award will receive a $200 reimbursement after they pay for, and complete, an LSSC-approved course.

To apply for a subsidy, candidates must be accepted in the LSSC Program by September 15, 2010.  Subsidy recipients must successfully complete one of LSSC’s Approved Courses by April 1, 2011.… Read the rest

Becoming a Professional: My Experience to the MLS

When I look back on my career experiences over the last three years one word comes to mind: “Wow!” Truly it has been an intense ride. My journey has taken me both high and low, and caused me to be excited and frustrated and everything in between. I’m sharing this story because through my experiences I’ve learned three things: one, that you can accomplish great things in a very short time frame; two, that there are … Read the rest

Moving Up: Making the Transition Support Staff to a Professional Position During a Budget Crisis

Faced with slow economic recovery and a looming budget deficit, libraries are straining to provide services and purchase materials without having to layoff staff. Layoffs, without a doubt, are hard on the individual as well as the staff as a whole. What is the effect of layoffs on MLS-holding support staff, particularly those who hope to be hired as a professional librarian?

The library job market looks better than it did a few years ago for many … Read the rest