Reimbursements for Continuing Education 2021-2022

SWLS is offering reimbursements for any legitimate continuing education (CE) activities that SWLS library staff and trustees would like to pursue, taking place from July 2021 through June 2022. SWLS is also launching a Library Tour Program, which includes reimbursements for travel funds when visiting other libraries. All requests must be approved by the Library’s Director and SWLS CE Coordinator, Shauna Koszegi. 


Timeline & deadlines

Cycle 1  ♦  July 2021 – February 2022

There are two options to choose from; libraries are encouraged to do both.

  • Choose Your Own CE – Each SWLS library can be reimbursed up to $425; the fund is set at $11,900 total
  • Library Tour Program – Each SWLS library can be reimbursed up to 350 driving miles and up to $20 for food; the fund is set at $5,900 total 

Deadline to submit reimbursements for Cycle 1: February 15, 2022

Cycle 2   ♦  March 2022 – June 2022

  • Verify with Shauna at SWLS the amount you would like to spend on a continuing education activity or library tour visit. 
  • Reimbursements will be given on a first come first serve basis after verification is complete. 


Deadline to submit reimbursements for Cycle 2: May 31, 2022


Eligible CE reimbursement ideas 

  • Basic or Advanced Public Library Administration courses
  • CE courses from UW iSchool, or other accredited schools  
  • Courses & workshops from the American Library Association 
  • Conference registration fees (WLA, WAPL, PLA, ARSL, etc.) for events that take place between 7/1/21 – 6/30/22
  • Staff training! Apply the reimbursement to a speaker’s fee, mileage, etc. 
  • Courses & workshops that are not from library organizations! As long as you can demonstrate to Shauna ahead of time how the content applies to your library work (e.g., public speaking training to improve outreach efforts, Excel course to improve budgeting work, etc.)
  • SWLS Library Tour Program 
  • If a library’s inability to pay staff to attend library CE activities is a barrier to staff participation, as in the case of a library seeking to gather staff for in-service activities, then that staff time is an eligible cost for reimbursement — any total reimbursement limits per library will still apply
  • Other ideas from you! 

SWLS will need appropriate receipts, certificates of completion, or documentations of cost in order to reimburse you.


How does it work?

  1. Email Shauna Koszegi at SWLS, to verify your CE activity is eligible (Reminder: All requests must also be approved by the Library Director)
  2. Shauna will reply in 1-3 business days
  3. Library locally pays for activity, if approved
  4. Library gives the receipt(s) to Shauna 
  5. Library receives reimbursement from SWLS 

These CE reimbursement and Library Tour programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).

Questions?

Contact Shauna Koszegi, skoszegi@swls.org.