Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Library Support Staff Certification

Library Support Staff Certification Program
A Briefing for Discussion

The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a Laura Bush - Librarians for the 21st Century grant to the American Library Association (ALA) and the Western Council of State Libraries to support the “Library Support Staff Certification Program” (LSSCP) project. This project is developing a competency-based certification program for the approximately 160,150 library workers in positions not requiring a Master’s Degree in Library Science. The primary target audience is public and academic library support staff. The project began in July 2007 with the hiring of Karen Strege and Nancy Bolt as Project Directors. An Advisory Committee was formed with representatives from ALA divisions, round tables, committees and the Western Council of State Libraries.

The proposal grew out of many years of studies conducted by ALA and state organizations calling for a certification program for library support staff (LSS). (See http://www.ala-apa.org/lsscp/LSSCPNarrative.pdf for the complete grant narrative and for citations to the relevant studies.) One of the more relevant studies occurred in 2005 when the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) sent a survey about professional development and certification to members of the Library Support Staff Interest Round Table (LSSIRT). Over 3,300 responded to the survey, and 86%of the respondents thought that a certification program would be beneficial; 76% said that nationally recognized professional standards were important; and 66% supported a national certification program to help them provide better service and grow in their understanding of librarianship.

The LSSCP Advisory Committee welcomes your comments on the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP). Send your comments to Jamie Bragg (jbragg@ala-apa.org) or to Jamie at ALA Headquarters, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. There will be an Open Forum on LSSCP at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, CO, on Saturday, January 24 from 10:30am till noon at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 702. Comments will be accepted by mail or email until January 31, 2009, when revisions based on the comments will be made. All documents relating to LSSCP, are available at www.ala-apa.org/lsscp, including expanded versions of these topics. Those unable to attend the Open Forum at the Midwinter meeting may comment via blog postings at www.lsscp.blogspot.com, beginning December 19.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Register NOW for the first-ever North Texas Conference for Library Supporters

Registration is now open for the first annual North Texas Conference for Library Supporters!!! This event is designed for
* Members of Library board members, Friends of the Library and library foundation members;
* Library volunteers and other supporters; and
* Library staff who work with any of the above.

Patrick Heath, TLA President-Elect and 1987-2007 Mayor of Boerne, TX, will deliver the keynote address, "Your Library Forms the Character of Your Community."

Scheduled for 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. SATURDAY January 31, 2009 at the Lockheed Martin Recreation Area in southwest Fort Worth, the conference will feature
* Training Sessions,
* Dedicated Time to Visit the Exhibit Hall,
* Time for Networking with Peers, and
* Lunch and Refreshments!

Free exhibit space will be available to any library support group interested in
* Sharing their ideas,
* Promoting their events,
* Bragging on their successes, and / or
* Selling whatever products or services they use in fundraising.

To register, get more information or sign up for exhibit space, visit http://www.librarysupportersnetwork.com/conferencenews.html.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Looking for College Newspapers?

Check out Newslink - it includes campus newspapers from around the United States as well as select international campus papers.

This comes in handy for those who have family and friends scattered at different colleges around the world - now I can follow what is going on in my nieces worlds from one link!