Grant application for 2022 available February 7
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 2022. With this grant, the library, the intern, and the intern’s mentor will collaborate on a project or set of goals 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 2022, 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 outcomes 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 library staff with opportunities to practice leadership/mentorship and for libraries to expand their capacity to engage with workforce development in their communities.