May 26, 2022

IMLS Announces $9.2 Million in Grants For 51 Library Projects, 212 Applications Submitted (September 2014 Announcement)

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services:

The projects were selected from 212 applications through the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries programs, requesting more than $14.6 million and matched with $7,154,135 in non-federal funds. This announcement includes three grants through the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program, which total $647,821.

National Leadership Grants

Grantee projects address a variety of topics of importance for libraries and archives, and include:

$489,115 to the University of Michigan for copyright determinations work for the Copyright Review Management System. In addition to developing a toolkit for use by libraries worldwide, the project will work with HathiTrust and its partners to sustain the copyright determination process.

$249,263 to Arizona State University to help public libraries support entrepreneurs and economic development. Through the Alexandria Co-Working Network (ALEX) the grantee will provide public programming about technical and software skills and training for library staff about programming and partnerships.

$250,000 to the Educopia Institute, the MetaArchive Cooperative, and their university partners to address a national need for preserving and making available supplemental research data and complex digital objects that accompany Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) submissions. Their project will create guidance briefs, a curation workbench, and a workshop series to train ETD stakeholders.

$499,967 to the New York City Department of Education to build a digital gateway for students and teachers for STEM resources and instructional content and programs about environmental science.

$500,000 to Portland State University and the Multnomah County Library to study library practices, programs, and services for adults with low literacy skills.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries are small grants that support the deployment, testing, and evaluation of promising and groundbreaking new tools, products, services, or organizational practices of libraries and archives. The grants awarded include:

$24,983 to Canada College and its public library and county education partners for workshops, online tutorials and one-on-one support to help early childhood education students increase their understanding of STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics)

$25,000 to Michigan State University to create a web interface prototype for to promote understanding of Ojibwe and Cherokee language manuscripts and key linguistic feature of those languages.

$23,544 to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Digital Project Unit and its YMCA partner to provide hands-on archival training to at-risk youth in a project to catalog and digitally preserve historic community materials, including from local African American neighborhoods.

Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program Funded Grants

$99,075 to Beneficent Technology in Palo Alto, CA to make 3D models more available, discoverable, and usable in conjunction with textbooks and other curricular material teachers are already using.

$399,800 to the Educopia Institute in Atlanta, GA (in close collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership and a wide range of leadership training stakeholders from the library, archives, and museum communities–including ARL, COSA, COSLA, ILSOS, ICE, MLA, OCLC, PLA, and UNC SILS) to collaboratively establish a national Nexus Leadership Lab for library, archives, and museum (LAM) leadership training.

$148,946 to OCLC WebJunction to ensure that the information workers of archives, libraries and museums are able to build the knowledge, skills, and support they need to address the continually evolving needs of the public.

You can access a complete list of ALL 51 grant recipients here.

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