Belmont College Library Graduates Eligible for National Certification
ALA-APA Approves Online Library Paraprofessional Degree Program
St. Clairsville, OH (November 13, 2012) – Belmont College has recently completed
an agreement with the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association
(ALA-APA) whereby graduates of the Library Paraprofessional Associate’s degree program
are eligible to receive ALA’s national Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC)
with no additional proof of competency.
Belmont College and the ALA-APA believe that the Library Paraprofessional degree
coupled with the LSSC will benefit the graduate, the library in which they work,
and library users.
“We’re especially proud of this agreement because ALA is the oldest and largest
library association in the world and promotes leadership in library information
services,” said Cathy Bennett, Associate Dean of Learning, Information Services,
and Technology at Belmont College. “ALA’s approval means that individuals have two
potential pathways to national certification – obtaining the Associate’s degree
or taking the six required LSSC-approved courses that Belmont offers.”
“Our fully-online library program has been training current and aspiring library
employees since 1999,” Bennett said. “As we started planning to convert our program
to semesters for Fall 2012, we saw the opportunity for our graduates to obtain national
certification along with a college degree, and this led us to re-structure our courses
to match the ten LSSC competency sets for national certification.”
The ALA-APA proposed an agreement after reviewing Belmont College’s curriculum and
finding that the graduates of its library program completed coursework that meets
the majority of LSSC’s competency requirements.
Lorelle Swader, Director of ALA-APA, said, “These graduates will be recognized for
their acquired skills and knowledge with this national certification, which is quickly
becoming a standard for the profession. The LSSC will show employers that these
graduates have made a commitment to furthering their own continuing professional
development and future.”
The Information Services/Library Paraprofessional program at Belmont College is
intended for those interested in employment or are already employed in a public,
academic, K-12, or other types of library or information technology organizations.
Libraries increasingly need employees who can use computers effectively and present
information electronically. Belmont’s courses focus on the skills needed to assist
and train information seekers in defining, finding, evaluating, using and presenting
Graduates from this program are currently working in libraries all throughout the
state of Ohio.
Carolyn Rose is a local graduate of the program as she completed her degree in August.
Mrs. Rose currently runs the library at Martins Ferry’s Ayres Elementary School.
“The Library Paraprofessional program at Belmont was very challenging and I benefitted
greatly from it,” she said. “With the integration of technology into library settings
and classrooms today I found this program to be a tremendously worthwhile experience
for my career.
To find out more about the Information Services/Library Paraprofessional program
or about Belmont College, please call Cathy Bennett at 740-699-3829 or visit
the Information Services/Library Paraprofessional degree page.
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Attached Photo: Mrs. Carolyn Rose is an August 2012 graduate of Belmont College’s
Library Paraprofessional program and currently runs the library at Martins Ferry’s
Ayres Elementary School.
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