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Attention All Current Library and Information Technology Students Enrolled in the Associates Degree or Diploma Track

We are pleased to inform you that upon receipt of your Associates degree or Diploma, you are now eligible to become Certified Library Support Staff because of your work at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC).

Your graduation will mean that you have the skills and knowledge required by the American Library Association (ALA) Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. This opportunity is only available to graduates from six LTA programs nationwide. Gaining your certification is simple and will be a valuable credential to add to the diploma or certificate that you are working so hard to receive.

The LSSC Program evaluated the curriculum of the AAS and Diploma Programs and found that graduates must complete courses that cover a satisfactory proportion for each of LSSC's two required and at least three elective competency sets. To receive the LSSC, CCCC graduates must also provide evidence that they completed COM 110: Introduction to Communication, submit a portfolio to LSSC, OR complete a LSSC-Approved Course in Communications.

Candidates must also have worked or volunteered in a library (of any type) for at least one year (1820 hours) within the last 5 years. Once you have received your Associates or Diploma, you can apply for provisional LSSC certification until you have completed the experience requirement.

To receive certification, you must submit your final transcript and have a high-school diploma or GED. To view all eligibility requirements and to apply for certification, please go to http://ala-apa.org/lssc/for-candidates/. The cost for certification is $350.

This certification demonstrates your commitment to the library profession. Potential employers will see that you are serious about your work and future. ALA believes that LSSC will become a standard for our profession. You probably know someone in another profession that has taken an exam or completed additional courses to achieve their professional certification. Library Support Staff now have the same opportunity as those in other professions to show that they have done something extra.

Certification also means that you are dedicated to continued professional growth. For this reason, the LSSC Program requires that you renew your certification every four years in order to maintain your status. To renew, you will need to complete 32 contact hours in education activities and the cost for renewal is $100.

If you have any questions about the LSSC, please contact Rita Van Duinen, Lead Instructor for the program, at rvand759@cccc.edu or contact the LSSC Office directly at lssc@ala.org.

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