Category Archives: Certification

LSSC Offers Two December Webinars Introducing LSSC, Explaining Portfolio Prep

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will be offering two free webinars in December. Anyone interested in the programs are welcome to sign up by clicking the links below.

December 10th, 2pm Central Time – An Introduction to the LSSC Program

On Monday, December 10th at 2:00 pm (Central), LSSC will offer an hour-long webinar on the program and how it works. The presentation will explain the value of this certification to Library … Read the rest

ALA-APA Recognizes Graduates from the Central Carolina Community College and Highline Community College

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with Central Carolina Community College’s Library and Information Technology Program (North Carolina) and Highline Community College’s Library and Information Services Program (Washington). These agreements will allow these college graduates, who meet the established criteria, to receive the LSSC designation.

ALA-APA and the colleges believe that the graduate’s degree or diploma coupled with the LSSC will benefit those graduates, the library in which they work … Read the rest

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.

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LSSIRT, Ten States, Offer New Round of Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is proud to announce that the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) as well as ten state library agencies will offer another round of financial assistance to LSSC Program applicants. 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 ten states participating are the Idaho Commission for Read the rest

ALA-APA proudly announces 11 new certification graduates

The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program and the Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program have seen eleven graduates complete the programs in the last three months. The LSSC Program has recently certified five individuals: Susan Baker, Debra Brown-Wilson, Marie Carpinteri, Tracey Hill and Julie Wright. The CPLA Program has certified six individuals: Monica Eppinger, Stacy Hutchins, Christine Klien, Pamela Leffler, Barbara Ormerod-Glynn and Susan Pober.

To learn more about the certification programs, visit the ALA-APA website.… Read the rest

The Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC) announces Project Participants

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced that the LSSC program will partner with 11 Library Assistant Training (LTA) Programs in a project that will allow their graduates to receive the LSSC without having to further demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

These programs include the 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 … Read the rest

CPLA Webinar on August 10

Join us on a short webinar about the Certified Public Library Administrator Program on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, from 2:00 – 2:30 pm CST. This 30-minute introduction to CPLA will help public librarians determine whether national certification should be part of their future – https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/661827744. Learn the logistics and benefits of this transformational ALA/ALA-APA program. Webinars are held on the second Wednesday of each month.

See what graduates and employers have to say about CPLA –

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Refresh, Recharge, Redirect: Library Director Kate McCaffrey on CPLA


Seasoned library administrators may question the need to go back to school. Why would someone with significant administrative experience need to learn what they’ve been doing for years? For Kate McCaffrey, long-time library administrator and current Director of the Northern Onondaga Public Library system, the answer to this question is simple: renewal. Having received her MLS when technology was just beginning to shape the library and tweeting was still for the birds, McCaffrey knew she could benefit … Read the rest

Approaches to Continuing Education

A library school cannot teach everything a librarian needs to know for a specific job or position. And even if it could, rapid changes in the nature of librarianship require librarians to keep abreast of new developments and new opportunities. Continuing education can meet this need.

Continuing education, a learning process for increasing or enhancing knowledge, skills or attitudes, benefits employees and helps them meet personal goals. According to William Asp (1985), successful continuing education

  1. includes “learning
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The Library Support Staff Certification Program Recognizes Library Assistant Graduates

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with three Library Assistant Training Programs that will allow their graduates to receive the LSSC without having to further demonstrate their skills and knowledge. These programs include the Library and Information Technology Program at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois; the Library Technical Assistant program at the Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Library Technology Program at Palomar College in San Marcos, … Read the rest