New York Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards
The New York State Library, New York Library Association (NYLA), and New York State Library Assistants’ Association (NYSLAA) are offering financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the American Library Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. The LSSC Program offers library employees a new career path in the library profession and the opportunity to achieve recognition for their experience, enhance library service, and increase skills and knowledge in areas like the foundations of librarianship, technology, and communication.
The LSSC Program is funded by a grant to ALA from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, and managed by the ALA-Allied Professional Association.
The New York State Library, NYLA and NYSLAA will be offering four Enrollment Assistance Awards (EAA) this spring. The Awards are for $175, one-half of the LSSC enrollment/application fee. Successful award recipients will be asked to pay the remainder of the enrollment fee with their own funds or funds obtained from other sources. ALA-APA has offered EAAs in the past and with the ending of the federal grant that supports them, these will be the last Awards offered under this grant.Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) provides a path to recognition and awareness of the critical role that library support staff play in the delivery of quality library service. To achieve certification, support staff must achieve six of ten competency sets either through development of an online portfolio or taking approved courses. The competency sets are: Foundation of Library Service; Technology; Communication and Teamwork; Access Services, Adult Readers’ Advisory Services; Cataloging and Classification; Collections; Reference and Information Services; Supervision and Management; and Youth Services.
The Registration Assistance Awards application form is now available (MS Word or .PDF). Applications are due to Ashleigh Whitfield by March 15. Support staff from all types of libraries and library systems are invited to apply. Applicants that receive the Award will have one month to enroll/register for LSSC. Please contact Ashleigh Whitfield, Graduate Student Assistant, Division of Library Development, New York State Library, with questions.
The recipients of the Award will be chosen by a random drawing by March 18.
Lorelle Swader, Director of ALA-APA “LSSC is really pleased that the New York State Library is participating in the Enrollment Assistance Awards. We are confident that support staff will find certification to be helpful and are thankful for this grant from IMLS.”
To be eligible to participate in LSSC and thus receive an Enrollment Assistance Award, applicants must have a high school degree or its equivalent and have worked for the equivalent of one year (1820 hours) as a library staff member or volunteer within the last five years. Detailed additional information on LSSC is available on the LSSC website.
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