Entering the LSSC Program may be intimidating for LSS who may not have formal learning experiences. While the LSSC program is an individually based program, and candidates are not required to receive their supervisor’s permission to participate, we know that more candidates will succeed if supervisors and others support their candidacy.
Here are some things you can do to support the LSSC candidate. Of course you may not be able to do all of these, but even modest support can mean a great deal to the candidate.
- encourage staff to participate in the LSSC Program
- provide financial assistance for the registration fee
- provide financial assistance for course fees
- allow time off to attend workshops and continuing education activities
- allow candidates to interview you and other library staff as they complete assignments
- tell your library board or college/university administration that candidates are working to improve themselves and library service
- recognize candidate accomplishments as they work towards certification
- if possible, give candidates more responsibility commensurate with their increased skills and knowledge
And look for LSS certification when you hire new support staff!