Staff training can be difficult. Factors such as cost, distance, and scheduling can combine to make it difficult for libraries to provide timely onsite training for their employees. A program called CE Assist – Training on Demand is available through the NNYLN to help its members meet the need for customized staff training.
Through CE Assist, member libraries may apply to receive financial assistance to provide onsite staff training or consultations for their library employees. It is hoped this will make it possible for member libraries to provide training and/or consultations in a way that allows them to choose the best possible date and the most appropriate trainer to address each organization’s unique continuing education and training needs.
Who is eligible: NNYLN members
What is eligible: Onsite staff training and professional education, arranged and hosted by the member library.
Funds from NNYLN could cover: Consultant / Speaker’s fees and travel expenses.
Not covered: Food, catering; clerical and other staff support from the hosting library; overhead.
How much: Libraries may receive 50 percent of the costs of an event, or $1,000, whichever is less.
Conditions: Any announcements and handouts must prominently state that the NNYLN is a co-sponsor; the NNYLN will reimburse the participating library upon receipt of invoices or statements.
Criteria to receive assistance: The event or consultation must be a one time, single occurrence; a member institution may not request assistance from this program more than once every two years; this program may not be used to replace funds for previously existing CE activities, conferences or training programs.
How to apply: The library or library system should submit a proposal/letter covering all required information and send it to the NNYLN. The library should provide a full description of the event, itemizing how the requested funds will be spent. Requests for trainer’s expenses should include a biography and credentials.
Letters should be submitted in Microsoft Word and emailed to Meg Backus.