Future Ready with the Library


Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College and Career Readiness Services

YALSA, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), is implementing an innovative project that will build the capacity of small, rural and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness (CCR) services for and with middle schoolers. YALSA and ARSL will work with library staff to build needed skills while also developing, testing and refining turn-key resources, which other libraries can adapt for their own use. The project is aimed at library staff in libraries with a service population of 15,000 or fewer, as well as libraries that are 25 miles or more from an urbanized area.  This project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services.  For more information, read the full grant proposal (.pdf) or the press release.

Schedule for Cohort 2 application process announced:

  • June 2017 cohort 2 application period opens
  • August 31, 2017 cohort 2 application period closes
  • October 1, 2017 cohort 2 application status notifications made

Those selected to participate in the second cohort of the Future Ready with the Library project will meet face-to-face for a two day orientation just before the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado.  For more information about the project check out our FAQ.

You can see the list of Cohort 1 participants and read about their work on the YALSAblog

Use this quick online form to sign up to receive email notifications about the project, including an announcement when the next round of applications opens.  To access an existing compilation of college and career readiness resources, visit YALSA's wiki.