Rural Libraries Initiative

Contact: State Library Project Monitor Janet Coles

Application due date: Monday, April 22, 2019

Application (PDF)

The California State Library's Rural and Tribal Libraries Initiative is an LSTA funded project that directs additional resources to the state's geographically isolated public and tribal libraries. The Rural and Tribal Library Initiative assists the State Library in addressing its own mission, which is: "For all people of the state, free and convenient access to all library resources and services that might enrich their lives, regardless of where they live or of the tax base of their local government." (CA Ed. Code Sec 19701)

Based on a strategic plan for services that is updated regularly, the Initiative continues to address the most critical needs identified by California rural and tribal libraries. We attempt to overcome great travel distances as well as severe weather and terrain issues that often impact the ability of remote libraries to participate in training, meetings, and networking opportunities.

Please visit the project Facebook page for more information.

This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference 2019 — September 4–7, 2019, Burlington, VT

California State Library ARSL Conference Scholarships are now available!

Applicants must currently work in a California rural public or tribal library. As part of this application, you and your library director must attach a signed statement supporting your attendance. Each library system/jurisdiction may submit up to three scholarship applications. Priority will be given to first-time attendees, and then to those who have received fewer than three scholarships in the past.

Scholarship recipients must be current ARSL members, and must be ARSL members at the time they register for the conference. Scholarship funds cannot be used to pay for ARSL memberships.