ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification

What is Library Support Staff Certification?

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 LSSC approved courses. The competency sets are: Foundation of Library Service; Technology; Communication and Teamwork; Access Services, Adult Readers’ Advisory Services; Cataloging and Classification; Collection Management; Reference and Information Services; Supervision and Management; and Youth Services.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible to participate in LSSC and thus receive an 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.

What does the certification process entail?

The LSSC Program offers library employees 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 steps to Library Support Staff Certification include:

  • Become an LSSC candidate by completing and submitting the application and registration fee for approval.
  • Complete six courses, one for each competency, from the list of approved courses/course providers or complete a portfolio for individual competencies.

More details at ALA-APA LSSC website.

Once I become a candidate is there financial assistance available for taking the online courses?

As an employee of a publicly-funded library in Idaho, you are eligible to apply for the Support of Formal Library Courses Grant through the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Library Services and Technology Act. Some restrictions do apply, see grant instructions for further details or contact Shirley Biladeau, Continuing Education Consultant before submitting your grant application [ or 208-639-4149]

ICfL CE Professional Devlopment Grant Application