Winter 2015

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From the Editor's Desk

Winter 2015 issue of Trustee

Many thanks to those members who have already renewed their LTA annual membership for 2015. We appreciate you strong support and welcome continued renewals as we begin the New Year. If you or your library have not renewed as yet, please take a moment to do so. There is a lot coming up in 2015 for library trustees and LTA will play an important role in keeping trustees in the know.


One piece of legislation that has libraries buzzing is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. Signed into law in July 2014, implementation is set for July 2015. This legislation replaces the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, which was the first update in many years to legislation geared towards benefiting the employed and unemployed. Why do library trustees need to know about this new legislation? Because it identifies libraries as partners in the workforce system for providing job search support activities. Our libraries typically hold job search and resume workshops on a regular basis and staff frequently recommend resources to help people with their job search tasks. Under WIOA, libraries may have access to Federal funding that can help support those programs and activities.


As a career advisor, I have worked under the WIA since its inception. In New York, the funds under the act were administered by the New York State Department of Labor. That will be true for WIOA. I have been in contact with both the Department of Library Development (DLD) and the NYS Department of Labor. The months between July 2014 and 2015 are being used to develop the funding guidelines and processes. To date, no specifics are available on the process to apply for funds, but I hope to have some general guidelines to share at our annual Institute in May 2015. One point I can share from experience is that Federal funds usually have reporting requirements attached to them. I know our librarians are used to completing the DLD annual report tracking a variety of statistics. The WIOA funds will require tracking. However, those funds may have some patron characteristics that must be reported beyond what the annual report requires. The term “outcomes” is big in the workforce environment. Whether or not a patron lets our libraries know that they became employed due to the resume writing workshop they attended at a library may be difficult to track. It will be important to be completely comfortable with reporting requirements before applying for funds.


I will close here with best wishes from your LTA representatives for a prosperous and healthy New Year. Read on to learn about the 2015 Trustee Institute and more.

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