Category Archives: Certification

Certification Success: How I Got a Promotion

By Kirbie Despain

When I started working at my local library in 2017, I only worked 18 hours a week. I knew even then, working that small amount of time, that I wanted a career working in libraries. I was determined to learn as much as I could. Since then, I’ve worked my way up from 18 to 40 hours weekly. My goal was someday to become a Lead over the Children’s Department. I knew that managing a department would Read the rest

Congratulations to Newly Certified Library Staff

Congratulations to the 2021 Class of Certified Public Library Administrators!

The following individuals successfully completed program requirements and received the Certified Public Library Administrators (CPLA) designation in 2021:

  • Christy Keyes, Dacula, GA
  • Sue Ridnour, Flower Mound, TX
  • Roger Seebald, Brightwaters, NY


Congratulations to the 2021 Class of Certified Library Support Staff!

The following individuals successfully completed the program requirements and received the Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS) designation in 2021:

  • Laurie A. Barney, Hyde Park, MA
  • Stephen Bell, Denham
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Congratulations to CPLA and LSSC Graduates!

Congratulations to those who have recently become credentialed through the Certified Public Library Administrators (CPLA) or Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) programs. Those who earn these designations are proven leaders in all aspects of the library profession.

The CPLA program is a voluntary, post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three or more years of supervisory experience. CPLA candidates must complete coursework in seven of nine competency/standard areas.

To earn the LSSC, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements and … Read the rest

Congratulations to CPLA & CLSS Graduates

Congratulations to the 2019 Class of Certified Public Library Administrators!

The following individual successfully completed the program requirements and received the Certified Public Library Administrators (CPLA) designation in 2019: 

  • Harriett Protos White MFO – SC Library APO  AE

Did you know you can earn 10 hours towards your recertification by attending the 2020 Public Library Association’s (PLA) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this month? Please visit the PLA Conference website for information and to register.

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Congratulations to CPLA and LSSC Graduates!

Congratulations to those who have recently become credentialed through the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) or Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) programs. Those who earn these designations are proven leaders in all aspects of the library profession.

The CPLA program is a voluntary, post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three or more years of supervisory experience. CPLA candidates must successfully complete coursework in seven of nine competency/standard areas.  To earn the LSSC, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements Read the rest

What Recent LSSC Graduates Are Saying about the Program

I have a deeper understanding of my job and profession.  The program is well worth the time investment and is an accomplishment that I am proud of having completed.” Elias – Lockesburg, AR

Very proud of myself to have finished this program and be able to use my knowledge in my library to help people more effectively.” Bexi – Iron River, MI

The Certification Program on a whole was a great learning experience.  I would Read the rest

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program Continues to Grow!

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program offers library support staff the opportunity to commit to professional development and continuing education through the completion of competency sets developed and implemented by the ALA-APA.

There are currently over 550 active candidates pursuing their Certification and 179 Graduates who have become Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS)! For more information contact Kimberly L. Redd, Program Officer, Certification at KLredd@ala.org /800-545-2433 ext. 4279, or visit our website.Read the rest

Congratulations to CPLA and LSSC Graduates

Congratulations to those who have recently become credentialed through the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) or Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) programs. Those who earn these designations are proven leaders in all aspects of the library profession.

The CPLA program is a voluntary, post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three or more years of supervisory experience. CPLA candidates must successfully complete coursework in seven of nine competency/standard areas.  To earn the LSSC, candidates must first meet the eligibility requirementsRead the rest

ALA-APA announces course subsidy awards for LSSC Candidates

CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Profession Association (ALA-APA) announced today that the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering $200 subsidies to 90 candidates to complete LSSC-approved courses. If the cost of the course is less than $200, the subsidy will cover the cost of the entire course minus materials such as books. LSSC is a national, voluntary certification program administered by the ALA-APA.

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ALA-APA Programs at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia

If you are coming to the ALA Midwinter meetings in Philadelphia, be sure and join us for the certification update on Sunday, January 26th, 8:30 – 10:00am. A location has not been assigned yet, but you can check the Midwinter website for updates. Both LSSC and the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program will have information about the programs and current changes. We invite current and potential candidates, graduates of both programs, current educational providers of courses for candidates, and

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