Library Practitioner Certification Changes
Effective August 31, 2021.
The Library Practitioner Certification has been offered by Library Development to provide certification for non-MLS public library staff seeking recognition for professional development and training related to their library duties. This program was based on competencies that were developed by the Western Council of State Libraries through an IMLS grant in 2007. In 2009, the program was discontinued by a vote of the Council and the competencies are no longer being updated. The Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) was developed by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. LSSC was inspired by the Western Council of State Libraries Library Practitioner Certificate Program and began accepting applications in January 2010. It is now supported by the American Library Association and managed by the Allied Professional Association.
As of August 31, 2021, we will be transitioning from the Library Practitioner Certification offered through the Arizona State library to the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) offered through ALA and supported by IMLS.
Library Practitioner Certifications that have already been issued will be valid until the expiration date on the certificate. New Library Practitioner Certification applications and renewals will be accepted until August 31, 2021. Contact Ann Marie Creegan for applications. After August 31, 2021, library staff wishing to earn certification will be asked to transition to the Library Support Staff Certification program.
Earning the LSSC requires the completion of 6 competencies which can earned by taking 7 courses online through Infopeople. Arizona library staff can take these courses at no cost to them through the Arizona State Library. Once all 7 courses have been completed, the staff person will receive an Arizona Library Support Staff Certification. They will also be eligible to receive the national LSSC. To receive the national certification the applicant would apply and pay the $350 fee to ALA.
The competencies to complete the certification are as follows:
Three required competency sets:
- Foundations of Library Services
- Communication and Teamwork
Three additional competency sets from the remaining seven elective competency sets:
- Access Services
- Adult Readers’ Advisory Services
- Cataloging and Classification
- Collection Management
- Reference and Information Services
- Supervision and Management
- Youth Services
Infopeople Courses That Meet Required Competencies: Must complete all Courses.
|Foundations of Library Services
||Foundations of Library Science
|Communication and Teamwork
||Communication is More Than Words and All Work is Team Work
||Technology in Libraries
Infopeople Courses That Meet Elective Competencies: Must choose three competencies.
||Children's Services Fundamentals and Teen Services Fundamentals
|Cataloging and Classification
||Basic Cataloging and Classification
|Reference and Information Services
||CORE Reference Fundamentals
|Adult Reader's Advisory
||Readers' Advisory: Books and Beyond
|Supervision and Management
||Library Supervision and Management
For questions contact Ann Marie Creegan [email protected].