Vol. 4, Issue 1: Sep-Oct 2020
We are pleased to announce that Veterans Connect @ the Library project has been funded for fiscal year 20/21. The project is funded in whole 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; the Pacific Library Partnership (PLP) serves as the fiscal agent. As in previous years, we are honored to be working with the California State Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) as our official partner.
What does this mean for your library?
The California State Library recently announced the statewide rollout of workforce to public libraries statewide using CARES Act funds. The grant provides every California public library jurisdiction a subscription to the JobNow and VetNow platforms from Brainfuse at no charge for a period of two years. In the past, Veterans Connect @ the Library could only offer VetNow to a small portion of our library sites. Now, we can offer it to all of you, and even better, every public library, and every branch in California. The potential to reach veterans and tell them about their benefits and assist them with their employment is enormous!
Check your library's website - is the VetNow logo and link posted? The JobNow and the VetNow links are the same. However many libraries are simply posting the link with the JobNow logo. Please ensure that you are also posting the VetNow logo on your Veterans Resource Center page. VetNow provides much more than just job resources and veterans will potentially miss out if they are not specifically searching for employment assistance.
Additional places to post: on your library home page, on your jobs and career page and MOST important for Veterans Connect @ the library, on your Veterans page.
Tip: Ask a veteran or volunteer or another staff member to find VetNow on your web. Their navigation strategy will help you understand what is needed for veterans and veteran family members to easily find this valuable resource.
CALL, California Libraries Learn is a California State Library partnership offering an online learning academy which includes California-specific content. A Brainfuse JobNow and VetNow webinar is archived here.
Please share this information with your CVSO’s and in your collaboratives. You can check the CALL calendar here.
Modules in CALL Academy require you to log in or establish a free account. Once you have an account, you can take as many courses as you like.
A 10 page JobNow and VetNow user guide from Brainfuse is available here.
We are planning Community of Practice meetings to identify and use best practices for VetNow. The potential to reach Veterans about their benefits is enormous! We will be sharing a lot more information about this.
Measures for success: Ultimate success is measured by higher numbers of Veterans and family members using their benefits. The data collection form will be revised to collect new data. Meanwhile, continue to use this form: https://bit.ly/vetconnect2021.
Grant funding available this fiscal year:
Veterans Connect Grab and Go Resource Kits - Fresno: James Tyner of the the Fresno County Public Library hosts a weekly curbside program offering free information kits for Veterans and their families at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, Mondays from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.
What ideas has your library implemented for Veteran Grab and Go Kits? Please share your stories and photos for inclusion in our next newsletter. Send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: The 2020 Virtual Volunteer Handbook now available. Is your library still struggling with how to offer volunteer service for your Veterans Resource Center? Check out our new handbook for information and actions you can take.
©2019-20 Veterans Connect @ the Library. All rights reserved. This project is supported in whole or in part 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. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library, and no official endorsement by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the California State Library should be inferred.