Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Library Support Staff Online Survey

Online Survey: Certification Survey for Library Support Staff Available
Deadline to respond is December 17, 2004.

The survey is an outcome of the 3rd Congress on Professional Education: Focus on Support Staff (COPE3), which was held in May of 2003. The COPE3 Implementation Recommendations asked that the American Library Association (ALA) Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT)study the issue of national certification for support staff. In response, LSSIRT created a Certification Task Force with a charge to"study the issue of national certification for support staff, prepare and administer a national poll for expectations, compile statistics from research, and keep the LSSIRT Steering Committee informed of Task Force progress."

From the results of this Certification Survey, LSSIRT would like to determine the level of interest, and the perceived benefit, of a voluntary certification program. Your participation will help the American Library Association make a decision on how to proceed. The survey is brief and should not take more than five minutes to complete. This is designed to be filled out BY SUPPORT STAFF as to whether or not they want a national certification.

For questions, or more information, contact the Chair of the Certification Task Force, Dorothy Morgan, at dot@mailbox.lpl.org.