Trenton, NJ, October 15, 2021 – The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, has selected 14 public libraries to participate in its Hub & Spoke Libraries pilot project, an initiative that will provide uniform digital literacy training and credentialing for adult residents across the state. Through a competitive grant process, the State Library has selected three hub libraries that will serve as regionally-based training labs, and 11 spoke libraries that will provide additional digital literacy support. The goal of the project is to create a standardized and replicable library-based digital literacy certification program to assist New Jersey’s workforce.
Hub and spoke libraries will connect with their local Workforce Development Boards and American Job Centers, as well as other libraries in the area, to create a referral and sending system that accounts for client intake, record keeping and data sharing. Participants will have access to free, high quality training materials, videos, classroom aides, and mini lessons. The program will be facilitated by the Plainfield Public Library (PPL), and will model PPL’s proven system for providing literacy programming.
Selected libraries include:
- Paterson Public Library
- Red Bank Public Library
- Atlantic City Public Library
- Bradley Beach Public Library
- Burlington County Public Library
- Cumberland County Public Library
- Florham Park Public Library
- Gloucester City Public Library
- Gloucester County Public Library System
- Newark Public Library
- South Brunswick Public Library
- Trenton Public Library
- Union City Public Library
- West Orange Public Library
This project was made possible through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds made available to the New Jersey State Library through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Through its NJSL + Partners Literacy Project, the State Library will pilot two models for providing literacy services in public libraries, with the overarching goal of showcasing libraries as literacy destinations in communities across the state. The Hub & Spoke Libraries pilot project is the first to launch. The second literacy pilot project will be announced late fall. For more information, visit: www.njstatelib.org/ARPALiteracyProject.
These opportunities are made possible in part with funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the New Jersey State Library.