CE Assist – Training on Demand

Staff training can be challenging. Factors such as cost, distance, and schedules combine to make it difficult for libraries to provide timely, relevant, onsite training for employees. CE Assist – Training on Demand, available through the NNYLN, helps members meet their need for customized staff training.

Through CE Assist – Training on Demand, member libraries apply to receive financial assistance to provide onsite staff training or consultation for their library employees. The goal is to make it possible for member libraries to provide training and/or consultation in a way that enables them to choose the best possible date and the most appropriate trainer to address their organization’s unique continuing education and training needs.

Program Highlights


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Onsite staff training and professional education, arranged and hosted by the member library.

Funds from NNYLN could cover:

  • Consultant.
  • Speaker’s fees.
  • Travel expenses.

Funds from NNYLN will not cover:

  • Food, catering.
  • Clerical and other staff support from the hosting library
  • Overhead.

Libraries may receive 50 percent of the costs of an event, or $1,200, whichever is less.


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.


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.


The library or library system should submit a proposal/letter covering all the 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.