[Libs-Or] [Fwd: [alacro-l] ALA-APA now accepting course proposals for Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)]

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Wed Sep 30 07:22:28 PDT 2009


Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Chapter Counselor

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Subject: 	[alacro-l] ALA-APA now accepting course proposals for Library 
Support Staff Certification Program (LSSC)
Date: 	Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:19:52 -0400
From: 	Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
To: 	<alacro-l at ala.org>

On Oct. 1, 2009, ALA-APA will begin accepting applications from 
education providers interested in offering courses for candidates in the 
Library Support Staff Certification Program, (LSSC). The LSSC is the 
first national, voluntary certification program for library support 
staff. Course providers may be organizations or individuals with the 
expertise, training and resources to offer courses online or 
face-to-face. The 10 competency sets for which courses are needed are in 
the areas of foundations of library services, technology, communication 
and teamwork, access services, adult readers advisory, cataloging and 
classification, collection management, reference, supervision and 
management and youth services.

Potential providers complete an application, 
http://ala-apa.org/lsscp/courseapprovalapplication.doc, and submit a 
course syllabus, a description of the course's teaching methods and 
assessment plan and the instructor's resume. The course must cover all 
the competencies in a competency set. The fee to be considered for 
approval is $100 each for the first and second courses submitted and $50 
per class for each additional course.

Candidates will have at least a high school diploma or equivalent and 
have worked in a public or academic library for at least one year. 
Candidates have the option of completing approved courses or submitting 
online portfolios that demonstrate their achievement in six of 10 
competency sets.

The application will be evaluated by a committee of American Library 
Association member volunteers using a rubric, 
http://ala-apa.org/lsscp/courseevalrubric.doc. Reviews will be held 
periodically throughout the year and ALA-APA will notify applicants of 
their status. Approved courses will be publicized and available to all 
LSSC candidates. Courses that are approved will maintain that status, 
barring major changes, for four years.

Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the 
LSSC Program is in a testing phase in five library organizations across 
the United States. The program will begin accepting candidates in 
January 2010. Based on survey information and other expressions of 
interest, project staff estimates that at least 300 library support 
staff members will participate in the LSSC program in the next three years.

The LSSC Program was approved by the American Library Association to be 
an official certification of ALA in July 2009. More information about 
the LSSCP is available online at http://www.ala-apa.org/lsscp. *Please 
direct questions to Jenifer Grady at jgrady at ala.org 
<MAILTO:jgrady at ala.org> or (312)280-2424. The program will be managed by 
the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association.*

ALA-APA: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees is a 
service organization to the American Library Association and has as one 
of its missions supporting salary improvement initiatives for library 



Don Wood

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