The U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (I.M.L.S.) awarded National Leadership Grants for Libraries to the Illinois State Library (I.S.L.) and the Urban Libraries Council (U.L.C.) and a Sparks! Innovation Grant to the Evergreen Park Library in Evergreen Park, Illinois. Combined, the three grants amounted to $366,110.
The I.M.L.S. announced a total of $9,291,441 in grants for fifty-one library projects “that will advance library and archives practice by addressing challenges in the field and by testing and evaluating innovations.”
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.
The I.M.L.S. awarded the National Leadership Forum Grant I.S.L. “to assist libraries in providing support services for individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),” the I.S.L. announced. “As part of this initiative, the Illinois State Library will partner with The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP), a statewide collaborative of 17 independent agencies working to increase community awareness, improve access to intervention and support services, and improve educational and vocational opportunities for all Illinois residents affected by ASD. The Illinois State Library and TAP share the goal of expanding access and support services with programs that will enlist and empower all types of libraries to be a part of the outreach effort to the ASD community.”
Two forum meetings will convene in Springfield in March and September of next year with three goals. First, the implementation of a plan to increase A.S.D. awareness, education, and support services.
Second, improve and steamline online access to information providing support for individuals and families coping with A.S.D. Third, create sustainable, inter-organizational partnerships that will enhance the quality of A.S.D. support statewide.
The I.S.L. stated in last week’s e-newsletter, “These forums will include a select group of stakeholders representing multi-type libraries, schools, institutions of higher education, health service professionals, government agencies, ASD service organizations and parent advocates.” For more information, visit http://theautismprogram.org/ or www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/libraries/targeting-autism.html or contact Suzanne Schriar at (217) 785-1533 or sschriar [at] ilsos.net. This initiative is another example of the transformation of public libraries into community centers.
The I.M.L.S. stated the award amount for the I.S.L. was $100,000 and the matching amount was $50,055. Last month, in “IMLS Awards ULC Grant for Summer Learning Initiative for Libraries,” I wrote, “The Urban Libraries Council (U.L.C.), as the lead agency, has received a $250,000 2014 National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (I.M.L.S.) to partner with the National Summer Learning Association (N.S.L.A.).”
That story was based on a press release from the Washington office of the U.L.C. The I.M.L.S. press release on the grant-winners nationwide gave more detail. The award amount was $248,837 with a matching amount of $64,375.
The I.M.L.S. stated, “The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) will conduct a fifteen-month project designed to increase resources, inspire innovation, and build national awareness of public libraries as leaders in summer learning. ULC and NSLA will increase knowledge of emerging models; deepen connections between library, summer learning, and school leaders; and help build national visibility with local government, school, and library leaders of the role and value of public libraries in summer learning. Project activities include: a national scan of research-based practices, including a survey, site visits, interviews, and a focus group; identification of emerging models that incorporate library-school partnerships as well as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) learning, connected learning, and family learning; development of an online resource guide; and the building of a library-based peer learning network.”
The Evergreen Park Public Library in Evergreen Park, Illinois received a $17,273 grant. Southwest suburban Evergreen Park is surrounded on three sides by community areas of the South Side of Chicago (Ashburn to the north, Beverly to the east, and Mount Greenwood to the south).
The I.M.L.S. stated, “The Evergreen Park Public Library will develop, implement, and evaluate a whole-organization team approach to providing readers’ advisory services in a public library. The resulting program will engage all library staff in readers’ advisory, redefine staff competencies to include readers’ advisory, and provide relevant learning opportunities for professional staff. The results of this project will be evaluated and shared through outreach and publication, assisting other libraries seeking new service models for readers’ advisory.”
One can peruse a list of all the winners of National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Sparks! Innovation Grants for Libraries online here.
“Libraries are changing to meet the evolving learning, social, and informational landscapes of their communities. These grants reflect truly creative thinking by library and archive professionals—along with their university, professional association, and local government partners—that will ensure the continued role of libraries as community anchors for generations to come,” said I.M.L.S. Director Susan H. Hildreth.