If you are support staff at an academic, school, government, or public library, OLSSI can count toward professional certification and recertification.
The following is correct to the best of our knowledge, but please refer to each organization for more details about their requirements.
Any library staff:
First time certification: OLSSI is not an approved course for first time LSSC candidates. However, information learned at OLSSI can be included in portfolios for the related competency sets.
Renewal: the ALA chart shows that 6 hours are equivalent to one day. Therefore, we suggest counting attendance at OLSSI as 12 contact hours, although this is up to the candidate’s discretion.
32 hours total are needed for renewal within 4 years and must include 4 contact hours related to technology. So, three years at OLSSI will completely cover the renewal requirements, as long as the applicant gets in enough technology classes. (OLSSI does not always offer technology classes, depending on the resources available at each site.)
School librarians are able to include information learned at OLSSI toward their portfolio standards for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Public library staff:
OLC’s Ohio Public Library Staff Certification (scroll down to the library staff section, below the librarian section)
OLC has confirmed that OLSSI meets the requirements for providing continuing education even though we are not on their list of Approved Providers. Specifically, we provide 10 contact hours of Category B: Noncredit Continuing Education Activities. This assumes that the applicant attends the one hour Sunday roundtable, six hours of classes on Monday, and three hours of classes on Tuesday. Therefore, annual attendance at OLSSI can completely cover the renewal requirement of 50 contact hours in 5 years.
OLC’s certification is significantly less expensive than ALA’s, but is limited to staff of public libraries only.
OLSSI may also count toward certification and recertification for other organizations, including state organizations outside of Ohio. Consult each organization for details, and contact your OLSSI liason if we can be of further assistance.