LSSC Registration Assistance Awards (RAA)
The Washington State Library is 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 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 Enrollment Assistance Awards of one-half of the registration fee are part of 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 Services; 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.
The Washington State Library will be offering five (5) Enrollment Assistance Awards this fall. The Awards are for $175, one-half of the LSSC registration/application fee for LSSC. Successful award recipients will be asked to pay the remainder of the registration fee with their own funds or funds obtained from other sources.
Applications will be accepted starting February 15, 2013 and are due March 15, 2013 and will be scored by WSL staff.
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.
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