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.

The eleven states participating are the: Idaho Commission for LibrariesMissouri State Library, New York State LibraryState Library of KansasState Library of LouisianaTexas Library AssociationWashington State LibraryColorado Association of LibrariesTennessee State Library and ArchivesCalifornia State Library and the Wyoming State Library.

The Library Support Staff Interest Round Table will be offering 50 Registration Assistance Awards this fall. These awards are for $175, one-half of the LSSC registration fee. Successful award recipients will pay the remainder of the fee. Apply for a Registration Assistance Award right here!

Each state-level organization will distribute up to 10 awards. To apply for an award from a participating state, please contact that state organization. Only library support staff living in that state are eligible to apply at the state level.

Applications will begin to be accepted on April 1st and will continue until May 15th at both the national and state level. You may apply at both the national and state level, however you may only receive one award.

The LSSC Program is partially funded by a grant to ALA from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, and managed by the ALA-Allied Professional Association.

To be eligible to participate in LSSC and thus receive an Assistance Award, applicants must 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.