On Monday, more than one thousand people participated in the American Library Association’s (ALA) webinar “$2.2 Billion Reasons to Pay Attention to WIOA,” an interactive webinar that focused on ways that public libraries can receive funding for employment skills training and job search assistance from the recently-passed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
During the webinar, leaders from the Department of Education and the Department of Labor explored the new federal law. Watch the webinar.
An archive of the webinar is available now:
- Watch the webinar (you must download the WebEx media player to view the video)
- Download the webinar slides (ppt)
- Access additional WIOA resources (pdf)
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act allows public libraries to be considered additional One-Stop partners, prohibits federal supervision or control over selection of library resources and authorizes adult education and literacy activities provided by public libraries as an allowable statewide employment and training activity. Additionally, the law defines digital literacy skills as a workforce preparation activity.
View slides from the webinar presentation:
Webinar speakers included:
- Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services
- Kimberly Vitelli, chief of Division of National Programs, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
- Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, team leader, Applied Innovation and Improvement, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
We are in the process of developing a WIOA Frequently Asked Questions guide for library leaders—we’ll publish the report on the District Dispatch shortly. Subscribe to the District Dispatch, ALA’s policy blog, to be alerted to when additional WIOA information becomes available.