Author Archives: Emily Sheketoff

Financial education resources for library staff

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In order to better reach consumers and aid them in making financial decisions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) works to identify resources and community partnerships that can help libraries offer financial education programming. Their hope is that public libraries will become a resource for consumers looking for information surrounding their financial decisions. To that end, the CFPB provides libraries ... Read More »

ConnectED Library Card Challenge seeks new recruits

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) are seeking 60 new communities to participate in the second round of the ConnectED Library Card Challenge. The program will expand on the successes from the first round of the program by “documenting successful partnership models and practices, continuing to provide a space for participating communities to ... Read More »

Tax Forms Outlet Program deadline approaches

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Libraries participating in the Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP) for filing season 2017 should be aware that orders for 2016 tax forms can now be placed. The deadline to submit orders is November 28, 2016. TFOP participants can submit orders via email to pdf.orders@eforms.enterprise.irs.gov using the Form 8635, Order for Tax Forms Outlet Program (TFOP). To ensure that you receive the products once they have ... Read More »

IMLS releases grant guidelines

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This week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released application guidelines for the 2017 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). This marks the last opportunity for the submission of NLG and LB21 applications in 2017. According to IMLS, The National Leadership Grants program invests in projects that address challenges ... Read More »

Department of Labor recommends Workforce Boards work with libraries

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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 »