Public Library Staff Education Program, Fiscal Year 2017-2018

We’re pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Public Library Staff Education Program (PLSEP) is now open. This tuition reimbursement program was developed by a team of public library directors and California State Library staff to encourage existing staff members to pursue their Masters in Library and Information Science or a Library Support Staff Certification through the American Library Association.

Library employees who have successfully worked in a California public library or county law library for at least one year, are currently enrolled in a masters or support staff certification program, and will be in their last 4 quarters or 2 semesters of a library science program in the fiscal year 2017-2018 are eligible to apply. The program guidelines and application are available on our website at http://www.library.ca.gov/grants/lsta/apply.html  Deadline for application submission is April 14, 2017.

There is a competitive review process for all applications. Public Library Staff Education Program funds will be awarded to successful applicants for one academic year. Please review the guidelines for limitations. Priority is given to past grant recipients who are continuing in their studies toward their master’s degree or support staff certification. Additional funding for past recipient is possible in subsequent year. Cooperative Library Systems will continue to manage the reimbursement and reporting processes.

Thanks for your support of this program — and your assistance in recruiting students who will be our future library leaders and innovators. Please direct questions about this program or the application process to Lena Pham at (916) 651-0376 or lena.pham@library.ca.gov.  Or to Wendy Cao, Pacific Library Partnership at 650-349-5538 or caow@plsinfo.org.

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