Author Archives: Emily Sheketoff

Department of Labor recommends Workforce Boards work with libraries

Large letters spell out "Marker Space" on the side of two glass walls outside the Cincinnati Library Makerspace

Monday afternoon I attended the Department of Labor’s Customer Centered Design Challenge, which is all about how groups are implementing new workforce programs. I started out sitting next to Teresa Hitchcock from Bakersfield, California. She was telling me that she reached out to Nancy Kerr, her local library director and they have created an exciting partnership. Nancy said that she ... Read More »

Preparing for a librarian…Librarian

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ALA, and librarians everywhere, couldn’t be more pleased and proud with the President’s choice of Dr. Carla Hayden, a past-president of the Association, to serve as the nation’s next Librarian of Congress. It’s also been tremendously gratifying, though not surprising, to see how immediate and broad the support for her nomination has been from other fields and industries. Librarians certainly aren’t alone ... Read More »

Department of Labor announces training and child care grants

Chalkboard with the words "Government Grants"

The Department of Labor announced recently that up to $25 million in grants will be available through the Strengthening Working Families Initiative. Their press release states the following: The grants will support public-private partnerships that bridge gaps between local workforce development and child-care systems. In addition to addressing these systemic barriers, funded programs will enable parents to access training and ... Read More »

DOL grants offer a window of opportunity

The Department of Labors Employment and Training Administration is seeking grant applications from community organizations, including libraries.

Libraries are already in the business of serving their communities. Librarians may not be aware, however, that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) offers a wide variety of grants to organizations and other entities, such as libraries, that are able to match up their resources with the variety of DOL training, educational and employment programs aimed to prepare and equip ... Read More »

ALA and COSLA submit WIOA comments

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The American Library Association (ALA) filed comments with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) to the Departments of Labor and Education on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The comments are now available for review (pdf). America’s libraries are well positioned to play an essential role in this country’s efforts to assist the workforce. ... Read More »