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Aug 9, 2023

standing graphicWyoming Community Foundation 2022 Annual Report Available
The Wyoming Community Foundation released its 2022 annual report recently. Last year, the WYCF made more than 900 grants in communities across the state, distributing over $8 million to nonprofits that advance education, wildlife, arts, and housing; and that build economic opportunities for Wyoming residents. WYCF grants are available for libraries and library workers and volunteers through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment.

Call Goes out for Library Grant Success Stories
Stephanie Gerding of the Library Grants blog is on the lookout for inspiring grant stories to showcase the accomplishments of libraries like yours! Be part of the next edition of Winning Grants, 3rd Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians to be published by ALA Editions. Whether it was a game-changer or a small but impactful grant, your stories can inspire others, allow librarians to learn from each other, celebrate collaborative spirit, and benefit your own library. Use this online form to share the details of your grant project and advice for other grant seekers.

Library of Congress Invites you to Celebrate America’s 250th Anniversary
In 2026, just three years from now, we will commemorate the United States Semiquincentennial and the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. In the lead-up to this milestone, the America250 Commission has launched America’s Invitation, a nationwide campaign for all Americans to share stories and hopes and dreams for our future. Taking part in America’s Invitation is easy — visit to share photos, videos, artwork, essays, songs, poems, or anything else that highlights what America means to you and how you hope to commemorate this milestone.

Internet Safety Tips for Libraries and Patrons
Concerned about internet safety, particularly for your older patrons? The federal government has free resources available for you and your patrons. Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for information on frauds and scams. Also check out the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency page on CISA Cybersecurity Awareness Program Older American Resources.

Website Connects Patrons to Careers, sponsored by the US Department of Labor, is a one-stop website for free, easy-to-use online tools and information. It offers resources for career explorers, job seekers, and career changers, and includes targeted resources for groups with particular employment needs, including workers ages 55 and older, veterans, people with a criminal conviction, and workers with disabilities. Library workers can find training and presentation materials to help make the most of the site. Learn more on American Libraries.

GrantStation Releases Free State of Grantseeking Survey and Reports 2023
Reflecting the grantseeking experiences of 2,400 organizations, The 2023 State of Grantseeking Report from GrantStation spotlights recent developments in funding so that organizations can be more strategic in their grantseeking. Results, benchmarks, and reports offer leading-edge, key data for fundraising organization. These reports feature data by organizational budget size, mission focus, and government vs. non-government funding.

ACRL Library Worker Retention Toolkit Available
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, has announced the launch of a new Library Worker Retention Toolkit. This freely available resource provides effective employee retention strategies for academic libraries, including ideas for stay interviews, retention conversations, as well as many other strategies and tools. The Toolkit is a dynamic resource that will be updated as new publications and resources become available. Ideas and suggestions are welcome via the “Share Feedback” button.

Earn Your Consumer Health Information Specialization for Free
Now is an excellent time for more library workers to obtain their Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). This specialization, developed by the Medical Library Association (MLA), “offers training in providing health information services to consumers and recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills.” The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) provides free CHIS eligible coursework and covers the cost of the CHIS application fee for library staff and students located in their national network. Membership in NNLM is free to libraries.

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