Fremont County Library System Awarded PLA Inclusive Internship Initiative Grant



From Fremont County Library System

The Public Library Association (PLA) sponsors the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III).  It is an opportunity for public libraries to offer paid, mentored internships to high school students from diverse backgrounds. The program is designed to introduce interns to careers in librarianship through a summer-long learning project and engagement with multiple facets of library work, from administration to programming to user services. Interns and mentors will have opportunities to connect and learn from a national cohort. PLA offered this opportunity to 50 libraries, with support from an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant.

The Fremont County Library System is one of the 50 libraries chosen to host an intern this summer. The intern will be assigned to the Riverton Branch, but will experience the whole of the Fremont County Library System from spending a few days at other branches to seeing how the funding process works with both the Library Board and County Commissioners.

The application process began the week of April 9, and the intern will be chosen by the last week of May.  Application and requirement overview may be picked up at high school libraries or at any of the Fremont County Library Branches.  Questions concerning the grant or the application process should be directed to Janette McMahon, Library Executive Director.

PLA is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. In collaboration with its parent organization, the American Library Association, PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

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