Public Library Staff Education Program

Portal ID:
6355
Status:
Closed (160 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

The Public Library Staff Education Program is a tuition reimbursement program developed by the California State Library to improve library services to California’s diverse communities. To support the professional development of California public libraries, the California State Library provides California public library staff with tuition reimbursement for courses required for a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

Description:

Employees of public libraries and county law libraries are eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement for their graduate coursework toward a master’s in library science at an ALA-accredited library school. This program is competitive; not every applicant will be selected to receive funding. The program includes a waiting list, and applicants who are not selected might learn later in the year that funds are available for them.

All applicants will be notified if they are selected to receive reimbursement funding. Those not selected will also receive appropriate notification.

This is a tuition reimbursement opportunity. If selected to receive reimbursement funding, students must first pay for courses, then complete courses with a grade of B- or above (or Pass for no letter grade courses). Once courses have been completed, students must provide proof of tuition fees paid and a copy of grades received to the cooperative library system. When final reimbursement is requested, students must complete final narrative report. The System will then issue the final reimbursement directly to the student.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individual
  • Public Agency

Eligibility (student applicants should meet both eligibility requirements below):

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library school and have completed some courses toward their MLS degree. Applicants must be currently employed in a California public library, county law library, cooperative library system OR were recently employed in one of those libraries but are affected by COVID-19 pandemic staff changes.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
October 2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
FY2021-2022

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$350,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$0 – $7,500
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • Federal

Funding Source Notes:

The Public Library Staff Education Program is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. LSTA funding is granted to California cooperative library systems to provide tuition reimbursement to students.

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Library Services and Technology Act funds are granted to the California cooperative library systems to provide tuition reimbursement. If selected, students must provide proof of tuition fees paid and a copy of grades received to the cooperative library system.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Lena Pham, 1-916-603-7154, lena.pham@library.ca.gov

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