Webinar explores collaboration to serve military & their families through libraries

ALA's Larra Clark and Ann Estes with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, led a webinar on how public libraries can get involved in a new initiative to serve military and their families.

ALA’s Larra Clark (left) and Ann Estes (right foreground) with the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, led a webinar on how public libraries can get involved in a new initiative to serve military and their families.

The ALA and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) introduced their new partnership to the first round of potential pilot libraries last week. The effort provides an opportunity for libraries to add to their capacity to serve military members and their families with customized financial education and resources in concert with certified credit counselors.

Larra Clark, deputy director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, and Ann Estes, NFCC vice president of business development, shared information about program goals and benefits, research related to financial needs and program outcomes, and information about the NFCC’s member and communications reach.

As noted earlier, members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. ALA and NFCC will leverage local member agencies and libraries to help improve the financial lives of service members, veterans and their families.

If you are interested, you can download the slides and view the webinar here: https://nfcc.adobeconnect.com/p7d6dz0ru36/.

We had a little bit of a hiccup with the sound in the first five minutes, so please jump ahead to the 5:10 mark to catch the full audio.

If you would like to learn more about this initiative, please contact Larra Clark at lclark@alawash.org or by phone at: 202-403-8213. NFCC and ALA will announce the local communities and libraries where the program will first be launched in the coming weeks.

About Nancy Gravatt

Nancy Gravatt was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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