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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The WSQ Experience for Library Support Staff

After doing the assessment on 27 Jun 2011 for LAS WSQ Level 2 M3 Support Bibliographic Control for a group of NIE staff, I was invited to take a group photo with some of the support staff who were on duty that day:

Back row, from Left to right: Sean Lee Wee Leong, Pauline Ang Noi Joo, Tazila Bte SUFA'AT, Karen Tan Siew Kheng, Eunice Lee Yong Cho

Front row, from Left to right: Dexterine Ho Soo Miang, Khairun-Nisa Bte Samsun, Lucy Ng Moey Soon, Soh Seow Leng, Selina Chan Ying Loy, Clarice Thu Jan Phin

Photographer: Mr Wong Shao Mun


Today, it is encouraging for me to click on the link below and view the comments and feedback from NIE support staff who attended the LAS WSQ Level 2 course:

The WSQ Experience for Library Support Staff 05 Aug 2011

"Over the years, library paraprofessional staff have expressed the wish for some form of certification programme. To this end, the Library Association of Singapore (LAS) and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) have collaborated to produce the first-ever Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) for library support staff.

This new initiative has received a very good response from the NIE Library support staff - more than 60% have already received at least 3 WDA/LAS Statements of Attainment."


"Participants of the programme found the training useful. The course content either acted as a refresher for what they already knew, or provided exposure to other areas of library work they were not familiar with. Participants also enjoyed interacting with library officers from other institutions and sharing their work experiences.

According to our survey, a majority of staff would recommend the five WDA/LAS Level 2 programmes to any current library support staff or those keen to take up library work. Some agreed that getting a certificate would be ideal for people without a diploma, if they had the assurance that the certification would be recognised by the industry."

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