Grant application will be released on February 1, 2021
In an effort to build the capacity of a diverse, skilled workforce for the library community, the Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) will provide $1,000 grants for up to eight public libraries to support an intern for the summer of 2021. With this grant, the library, the intern, and the intern’s mentor will collaborate and expose the intern to working in a library for several weeks in the summer.
The library should practice inclusive recruitment techniques to promote and encourage diversity in its intern selection. Diversity can encompass a wide range of characteristics within any community. For example: economic and income differences; racial and ethnic groups; gender and sexual orientation; primary language spoken at home; disability status and neurodiversity; among other factors.
In light of continuing health and safety concerns in 2021, libraries are welcome to consider and implement internships with a virtual component that allows the intern to complete some or all of their work remotely.
The desired outcome of the grant are three-fold:
- To create and expand the future library workforce by exposing young adults to career opportunities within the field.
- To develop and expand the workplace skills of young adults through mentorship and experience.
- To provide public libraries with opportunities to practice leadership/mentorship and expand their capacity to engage with workforce development in their communities.