Public Library Staff Education Program

About the Program

PLSEP is a tuition reimbursement program developed by the California State Library that has assisted California public and county law libraries with staff professional development for twenty-one years.

Public Library Staff Education Program 2019/20

– Applications Now Open to New and Continuing Students

Employees of public libraries, county law libraries and California cooperative library systems are eligible to apply for tuition reimbursement, for their graduate coursework toward the MLIS degree at an ALA-accredited library school.

Applications are now open for New Students and Continuing Students who have participated in the PLSEP program for two to four years. Students must be currently working in a California public or county law library. Permanent employees of California Cooperative Library systems are also eligible to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a master's degree program in library and information science from an American Library Association accredited program. PLSEP funds can only be used for tuition reimbursement. This is a competitive program; a professional review panel will evaluate the applications and make award recommendations.

To apply, eligible individuals need to read the detailed instructions and complete the Student Application and submit it by the due date (July 9, 2019).

Forms required to be completed and attached to the online application (you will do this within the online application form):

All applicants will be notified by August 1, 2019.

Approved applicants must pay for the course tuition, complete the course(s) with a grade of B- or better, and then provide proof of payment and a copy of their grades to get reimbursement. Students will be reimbursed directly. There are no advance payments.

Contact Information

For any questions, please contact me using the information below.

Monica Rivas
(916) 653-5471

PLSEP applicants can also contact their cooperative systems for assistance with their applications, please use contact information below.

San Joaquin Valley Library System
Alberto Martinez
(559) 600-6237

Black Gold Cooperative Library System
Glynis Fitzgerald

Southern California Library Cooperative
Serra Cooperative Library System
Inland Library system
Santiago Library System
49-99 Cooperative Library System

Nerissa Robinson
(626) 407-3185

Pacific Library Partnership
NorthNet Library System

Wendy Cao
(650) 349-5538

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Application due date:
Tuesday, July 9, 2019