Skip To Talking Book & Braille Service Content Skip Navigation

Continuing Education and Training Grants 2020

We're off (virtually) to Kansas!

This year, the Nebraska Library Commission is offering grants to attend the ARSL Annual Conference 2020 which has been moved online (Sept. 28th - Oct. 2nd)!

2020 Conference Preview

Nebraska public librarians, library board members, and library students have a terrific opportunity with this virtual professional conference. Each grant recipient will be reimbursed for the costs of attendance.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Conference Registration
  • Mileage, if traveling to a host library

The purpose of these grants is to assist Nebraska libraries in improving the library services provided to their communities through continuing education and training for their library personnel and supporters. Successful applications will show how the continuing education and/or training proposed will support the library's mission.

There are three sections below:

Note: If a library would like to host a watch party, please follow all safety guidelines. Attendance at a watch party is not required to receive a CE grant. Sessions will also be recorded and available for ARSL registrants after the conference.

Process for Individual Librarians and Board Members:

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CST on August 31, 2020. Faxes and U.S. mail will not be accepted. We will inform applicants whether they have received a grant on or before September 4, 2020.

The applicant must be either 1) employed in an accredited Nebraska public library at the time of application and for the duration of the conference, or 2) a current board member of an accredited Nebraska public library at the time of application and for the duration of the conference

Please note that if an entity, or a person working for that entity, has unresolved issues with any previous Commission grant projects, they will not be eligible to apply this year's Continuing Education and Training Grant.

We must receive, by 11:59 p.m. CST August 31, 2020, attached to the application or under separate cover, a completed acknowledgement and indication of support form from the library director, or if the applicant is a library director, from the head of the library board, or the city official to whom the director reports.

Process for Group Registrations:

ARSL is offering group registrations this for this year's conference:

 ARSL is offering two different ways for groups to register (with a minimum of five people). The Nebraska Library Commission will not be registering any groups for the conference. You and your group will be responsible for registering through ARSL, attending the conference, then submitting reimbursement forms to the NLC CE Coordinator to receive the grant funds.

A library director may apply for a group CE grant for their library employees and board members. Groups do not have to attend the same sessions or watch the conference together.

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CST on August 31, 2020. Faxes and U.S. mail will not be accepted. We will inform applicants whether they have received a grant on or before September 4, 2020.

After submitting your application for a group CE grant, Holli Duggan will reach out to you via email for the names of the group.

We must also recieve, by 11:59 p.m. CST August 31, 2020, attached to the application or under separate cover, a completed acknowledgement and indication of support form from the head of the library board, or the city official to whom the director reports.

Process for Library and Information Science / School Library Media Students:

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CST on August 31, 2020. Faxes and U.S. mail will not be accepted. We will inform applicants whether they have received a grant on or before September 4, 2020.

The applicant must be 1) a legal resident of the State of Nebraska, 2) be enrolled in a certificate or degree program with a concentration in library and information science or school library media at an accredited college or university for the duration of the conference, and 3) provide proof of program enrollment from the educational institution and address to Holli Duggan, CE Coordinator

Please note that if an entity, or a person working for that entity, has unresolved issues with any previous Commission grant projects, they will not be eligible to apply this year's Continuing Education and Training Grant.

We must receive, by 11:59 p.m. CST August 31, 2020, enrollment verification or program acceptance (PDF) emailed to Holli Duggan, CE Coordinator.

After the application is approved:

After the application is approved, you will receive more detailed information, including the grant agreement with the Nebraska Library Commission which must be signed and additional details about requesting payment/reimbursement. All funds must be requested and paid out before June 1, 2021.

Submit all grant application forms and questions to:
Holli Duggan with the subject line, "CE Grant Application"


Application Forms:

  1. Grant Application - Individuals & Groups
  2. Acknowledgement and Indication of Support Form
  3. Grant Application - Students

For more information, contact Holli Duggan.