Libraries Lead with Digital Skills – Resources and Grants for Public Libraries

State Librarian Mark Smith addressed participants at a local Grow with Google event at the Austin Public Library.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills is an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Google, to ensure that public libraries across the nation receive ongoing access to free tools and resources to help everyone across America grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Find a free suite of training, tools, and resources to help you assist your patrons grow to their skills, career, or business at https://grow.google/

Launched in 2017, Grow with Google is an initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans and draws on a 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Grow with Google aims to help everyone across America—those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow—access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

  • Job seekers can grow their skills in order to find new jobs and advance their careers.
  • Startups can learn how to get their ideas the exposure they need to succeed.
  • Small business owners can build their online presence and find new customers.
  • Students and teachers can learn how to put the latest technology to work inside and outside of the classroom.

In addition to providing these free resources, ALA, Google and PLA are also offering grants to receive funding to assist you in providing this programming to your community. And now is time for you to act⁠—applications are now open until March 3, 2020 for funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills!

If your library is selected, you’ll receive funds  to host digital skills workshops for job seekers and small business owners in your community. Details on how to receive $1,000, application deadlines, and the application itself are available at the Libraries Lead website. Selected libraries will then have the opportunity to receive an additional $3,000. (Information on this second-stage award will be shared after the initial application.)

We strongly encourage all libraries to apply, as it will be a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on how you are supporting your community’s economic growth through digital skills training. Please feel free to pass this opportunity along to other libraries within your network!

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