CHICAGO — The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) announced today that it has completed agreements with the Three Rivers Community College, in Connecticut, and with the New Mexico’s State University-Doña Ana Community College. This agreement will allow graduates of their library science programs, who meet the established criteria, to receive the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) designation.
ALA-APA and these colleges believe that the graduate’s certificate coupled with the LSSC will benefit those graduates, the library in which they work and library users. Lorelle Swader, director of ALA-APA, said, “These graduates will be recognized for their acquired skills and knowledge with this national certification, which is quickly becoming a standard for the profession. The LSSC will show employers of these graduates that they have made a commitment to furthering their own continuing professional development and future.”
The ALA-APA proposed these agreements after reviewing the curriculum of these colleges and finding that the graduate have completed coursework that meets the most of LSSC’s competency requirements.
ALA-APA is has similar agreements with the Pasadena City College and the Palomar Community College in California; the Waubonsee Community College, the College of DuPage and the Illinois Central College in Illinois; the Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana; the Highline Community College in Washington; and the Central Carolina Community College in North Carolina. ALA-APA is working with nine other colleges to see if their curricula also meets the standards set forth by the LSSC competencies.
The LSSC Program is interested in working with other community or junior college library science programs.
Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Library Association developed, established the LSSC Program, and support ALA-APA’s work with community colleges.