Resources for Library Support Staff

Welcome to the Library Support Staff website! Here you'll find information for and about library support staff and paraprofessionals.  If you have suggestions about resources that you would like to see included, contact Beatrice Calvin at

General Information

Support Staff Work Environments

Career Outlook and Employment

Education and Training (Certification)

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association  (ALA-APA) in partnership with the Western Council of State Libraries has developed a national Library Support Staff Certification Program.
Some states in the U.S. offer certification at different levels, or grades, for public and school librarians. Some of these levels may not require the MLS.  Some require varying numbers of library science coursework. While others consider the number of years of experience. The ALA-APA has compiled lists of State/Regional Certifications (primarily for public library staff).

Financial Assistance


Issues/Issue Papers


Other Resources

North Carolina Library Paraprofessional Association Blog

Library Support

COLT Yahoo! Discussion List

The Electronic Library Support Staff Journal