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 in early December. Another round of financial assistance will be offered in spring 2012.

Cooperation with Library Technical Assistance (LTA) Programs
LSSC has begun a new program of cooperative agreements with LTA programs. The agreements recognize that LTA programs meet at least six of the LSSC competencies (including the three required competencies) and thus graduates of the program are automatically eligible for national Support Staff Certification. This agreement applies to any support staff who has completed an LSSC-approved LTA program in the last two years.
Current agreements exist with programs in Illinois (The College of DuPage, Waubonsee Community College and Illinois Central College), Indiana (Ivy Tech Community College) and California (Palomar City College).

LSSC is reviewing the curriculum of the following programs: Ohio’s Belmont Community College; Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut; the Spokane Falls and the Highline Community Colleges in Washington; and Pasadena City College and Cuesta Community College in California.

LSSC will review 11 more programs in 2012: Community Care College in Oklahoma; NMSU-Dona Ana Community College in New Mexico; Central Carolina Community College in North Carolina; College of Lake County in Illinois; Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania; Fresno City College in California; Georgia Perimeter College, Palo Alto College in Texas; City College of San Francisco; Pueblo Community College in Colorado; and the Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Kentucky.

These programs, like LSSC, believe that support staff certification benefits support staff, libraries and library patrons. Lorelle Swader, Director of ALA-APA, said that “LTA graduates will be recognized for their acquired skills and knowledge with this national certification, which is becoming a standard for our profession. The LSSC will show employers of these graduates that they are serious about their work and their future.”

Since LSSC’s January 2010 launch, 189 candidates have enrolled in the program, and seven have graduated. Candidates may choose from 77 courses, many online, offered by 21 approved providers.

Eligible LSSC applicants 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. The LSSC Program is partially funded by a grant to ALA from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, and it is managed by the ALA-Allied Professional Association. To find out more about LSSC, please contact LSSC Program staff at lssc@ala.org or visit the program website.