Library Workforce Partnership

Library Workforce Partnership Initiative (LWPI) is a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding opportunity for ten public libraries to partner with their local or regional workforce agency. By extending and enhancing their ability to support employment, libraries can establish a leadership role in their communities as California fights to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Working with a cohort of ten libraries and their Local Workforce Development Boards (Local Boards), successful awardees will build staff skills and knowledge about workforce development and enhance workforce development in their communities. Local Boards in California will work with public libraries, and together they will promote employment, career development, and skill building for job seekers. The California State Library will help libraries connect with local workforce agencies to initiate partnerships.

All participating libraries will:

  • Receive $15,000
  • Partner with a Local Board
  • Receive training from the California State Library
  • Engage with a cohort of library staff and workforce staff focused on developing skills related to workforce development. The cohort will convene monthly to collaborate and create a community of practice.


  • Application opened: July 27, 2021
  • Deadline to apply: September 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm
  • Funds awarded: October, 2021
  • Project completion: June 30, 2022


In order for projects to be funded through LSTA, libraries must:


All awardees will be required establish a partnership with the Local Board. In addition, awardees must:

  • Participate in monthly virtual meetings
  • Plan activities with workforce partners
  • During the grant period, establish an asset map for the community (training will be provided)
  • Participate in training on workforce tools offered by the California State Library, including JobNow/VetNow [and others]
  • Collect outcomes data from participants using a survey link provided by the State Library

To Apply

Visit the online Library Workforce Partnership Initiative. These documents will help you in preparing your application.

The deadline to apply is 5:00pm on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

Project Details

Libraries interested in being part of the Library Workforce Partnership Initiative (LWPI) will design a local outreach program to meet the specific needs of their local communities.

During the grant period, each library will engage in community asset mapping. Shared conversations will be built into the Library Workforce Partnership Initiative so that all libraries and workforce agencies participating in the project will have the opportunity to share ideas, concerns, and solutions to challenges that occur during the grant period. Training on digital tools offered by the State Library will be offered throughout the grant period. Finally, each library will contribute to a document that will offer support to other libraries who pursue workforce development as a core service.

Each library interested in applying for a LWPI grant must partner with their Local Board. A formal written agreement, such as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), must be part of the application for a grant. The agreement will detail the responsibilities and contributions of each partner. Successful projects will be awarded grants in October 2021. Projects will close on June 30, 2022.

Please note, in terms of staffing costs, LSTA funding can only be used to fund project-specific staff or staff time spent directly on the project. LSTA funds cannot be used to replace local funding at any time.

For further information, please contact:
Jody Thomas
Library Programs Consultant
California State Library