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Three Rivers Library Support Staff Certificate Program

A convenient, flexible choice for expanding library knowledge & skills!

Offered by Three Rivers Community College, Norwich

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CLC is partnering with Three Rivers Community College to spread the word about their fully online, ALA-accredited Library Technology program, culminating in a Library Support Staff Certificate. This exciting program has been completely revised to ensure that today's students gain the knowledge they need to be successful working in 21st century libraries. 100% online courses and flexible scheduling options make this the perfect program for anyone who wants to start a library career or broaden their library technology skill set!


Late Fall 2016 Special Courses
Spring 2017 Courses

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What is it?

A 27-credit, ALA-accredited online certificate program designed to:

  • Prepare individuals for employment in library positions that do not require a graduate degree in library science.
  • Improve the knowledge and skills of those already working in support staff positions in all types of libraries.


What are the benefits?

  • Convenient - The Three Rivers program is 100% online. Take courses from anywhere!
  • Flexible - Choose from three schedule options depending on your preference and experience:
  • Traditional 15 week semester
  • Intensive short semester (typically 8-10 weeks) with same amount of content
  • 5 week special topics courses for staff with current work experience that leads to Credit by Exam for full course credit. LEARN MORE
  • Accredited - The Three Rivers program is nationally accredited by the ALA LSSC logoAmerican Library Association through their Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program. Students who complete the Library Technology certificate at Three Rivers Community College demonstrate nationally accepted competencies of library service and operations.


Is it for me?

Consider Three Rivers if you are a ...

  • Current library support staff member. Have you gone as far as your skills will allow you to go? Are you ready for more responsibility, more knowledge, more respect, and more opportunities to advance? This is the program for you.
  • Library volunteer or library lover interested in moving into a paid library position. Three Rivers will give you the technical skills and resume boost you need to turn your passion into a career.
  • Student or career changer considering an MLS or other professional library degree. If you're interested in libraries but not ready to commit to a full graduate program yet, start with Three Rivers and see if librarianship is for you.
  • Library media specialist who went through the Alternate Route program. If you want additional library technology training to complement your teaching skills - and the flexibility to take classes online and any time - this is the program for you.
  • Library director or manager. If you want to enable your support staff to improve their skills, knowledge and abilities, steer them toward Three Rivers - and watch as they bring new energy and ideas back to your library.


How can I learn more?

  • Late Fall 2016 Special Topics Courses & Info NEW
    Courses run Nov. 10 - Dec. 20, 2016.

    Library staff who have learned skills on the job in the areas of Public Services and/or Cataloging and Classification, but do not have formal training, can take Special Topics courses in these areas and earn the 1 course credit. Successful students may then elect to take Credit by Exam for an additional 3 credits for a nominal cost, resulting in 4 college credits for their transcript.

  • Spring 2017 Courses & Info NEW

    Registration begins October 16, 2016 for the following spring 2017 courses:
    LIB K127
    Management Strategies, Communication, and Teamwork (3 credits)

    LIB K125 Digital Media (3 credits)

    LIB K202 Field Placement (90-hr. Internship at a Library) (3 credits)

    LIB K198 Special Topics Management Strategies, Communication, and Teamwork (1 credit)

  • Application & Registration Form
  • Program overview and course list (Three Rivers Community College website)
  • Program Coordinator: Marie C. Shaw, Ed.D. - 860-449-4411,




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