Changes are coming! The process to submit State Aid applications is changing for Fiscal Year 2020.
Public Library State Aid applications will open on February 1, 2020, and close on March 31, 2020. The window to complete State Aid applications has been extended to allow time for librarians to work with their local auditors to compile the information needed and for the auditors to certify the State Aid applications.
The new process detailed below has been put in place to provide an additional level of accountability to ensure that figures supplied on application forms have been input by library directors and reviewed by auditors for accuracy prior to their submission. As a result, State Aid to Public Library checks for Fiscal Year 2020 will be issued in April.
In continuing the dialogue around grant writing, School Library Journal (SLJ) formed a panel of four librarians to discuss grant writing for a November 2019 webcast. That information was summarized in an SLJ online article. I am highlighting the tidbits here.
Lisa Mulvenna’s advice:
Tip 1. Before you search for grants or donors, decide on the problem you are trying to solve or the gap that needs to be filled. This step is your objective.
Tip 2. Work out your purpose and tentative budget.
Tip 3. Develop your why.
Tip 4. Develop goals and think about sustainability.
Tip 5. Find statistics that support the program or project’s purpose.
Tip 6. Determine its impact on the community.
Tip 7. What’s next after the grant has been used.
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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are popular in many schools, but I have found that Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) were also useful for me. edWeb.net is my favorite PLN.
They are a professional network that serves the education community by offering free webinars, presented by educators and education-minded individuals, on timely topics. I consider edWeb to be my personal learning community. Continue reading
Dec 10: Getting the Balance Right: Social Media (Utah State Library)
Dec 10: Brain-based Presenting: Getting the Brain to Pay Attention (InSync Training)
Dec 10: Building STEAM Confidence and Creativity in Middle School (edWeb)
NOTE: You must open the remainder of the post to find the links to these webinars.