clearing a farm fieldIf you work in a small, rural, or tribal library consider applying for the fourth cohort of the Future Ready with the Library project. This project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and in partnership with the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), provides library staff with opportunities to engage with their communities to build college career awareness services for middle school youth. Learn more about the project and how to apply by viewing the 60 minute information session available below.

You can also view the information session slides and chat transcript.

What are the benefits for participation?
Those who are selected to participate in 2019 will be in a cohort of 20 learners. Cohort members will have the opportunity to:

  • Hone their skills to support service for and with youth in the community
  • Create or expand services that specifically support the CCR needs of middle school students and their families
  • Advance relationships with community partners
  • Build relationships with colleagues across the country
  • Access customizable tools to support your specific community’s needs
  • Access resources just right for supporting the CCR needs of middle school youth and families
  • Attend a face-to-face meeting at ALA Midwinter Meeting in Memphis, TN, November 2019, with travel expenses and funds for temporary staffing help in your library while you are gone being paid for through the grant
  • Build a small collection of materials to support CCR in the community with funds provided for by the grant
  • Attend conferences or other training opportunities in their local area to learn more about supporting CCR needs, with funds provided for by the grant

If you have any questions about the project feel free to contact the Project Manager, Linda W. Braun, or visit the Future Ready with the Library web page. The cohort 4 application period is open until May 19, 2019.

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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