Public Programs Office (PPO)

Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities

ALA awards $3.6 million in library accessibility funding to 310 small and rural libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the second round of recipients of its Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities grant, an initiative to help small and rural libraries increase the accessibility of facilities, services and programs to better serve people with disabilities. The 310 funded proposals represent 45 U.S. states. Of the selected libraries, 62 percent serve communities of less than 5,000 people.

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American Library Association’s Libraries Transforming Communities Initiative Receives Additional $10 Million in Funding

The American Library Association (ALA) announced today that it has received $10 million in support of its Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initiative to continue providing libraries with tools and resources to serve people with disabilities. A substantial portion of the funding – $7 million – will be distributed in grants of $10,000 and $20,000 to small and rural libraries.

Call for Peer Reviewers

Are you looking to boost your CV or resume? The American Library Association Public Programs Office has a paid opportunity that you can apply for right now to get a head start on your 2024 professional development goals. The Public Programs Office is looking for peer reviewers to evaluate applications for round 2 of Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities. Reviewers are a crucial part of the application process and are essential to helping select the applications that will be awarded. Application deadline has been extended to November 15, 2023...

Application Resources & Tips

Applications for round 2 of Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities are open from September 11 until December 11, 2023 at 11:59pm CT. All applications and application materials are submitted on ALA Apply. Please review the Project Guidelines for step-by-step application instructions and check out the FAQs for any questions regarding the grant or application process. Application Resources For general grant writing tips, watch the webinar Grant Writing 101 For specific review of the LTC Access initiative and application process, watch the Pre-Application...

Community Connect Fostering Digital Access: Hotspots and Laptops

Hotspot and Laptop Lending Libraries will be provided with five (5) hotspots and five (5) laptops for lending during a one-year period (August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024). ALA Connect is a great way to exchange information, ideas, and solutions for your hotspot and laptop lending programs. We can also support you with your devices while they are under your care if the need arises. Email publicprograms@ala.org to contact ALA Staff. About the Hotspots Setting up the Hotspots Hotspot Lending Policy About the Laptops Setting up the Laptops Laptop Lending Policy About the Hotspots You will lend five...

Community Connect Fostering Digital Access: Programming

Programming Details Libraries selected to participate in Community Connect: Fostering Digital Access are required to host at least 3 public programs. Each site should host at least one financial capability program; one digital literacy program; and one Affordable Connectivity Program. Libraries can use the grant stipend to cover costs associated with hosting the required programs. All Community Connect programs must be free to the public. To ensure that all programming is strictly noncommercial, the public programs may not be offered in conjunction with financial service firms. More...