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A total of $225,000 in LSTA Technology sub-grants has been awarded to thirty Indiana libraries. This year, the State Library increased the funding to aid public libraries working to meet upcoming technology requirements in the new public library standards. Forty-three libraries applied for the grants, requesting more than $328,000 in grant funds. Grants were distributed between 26 public libraries, two academic libraries, and two school media centers.
The 2010 LSTA Technology grants will fund the purchase of 167 computers, of which 37 will be designated for youth, and nine wireless access points. Grants will also be used to create or update eight library computer labs, four of which will be mobile laptop labs. The applications were reviewed by members of the Indiana State Library Advisory Council and State Library staff.
Applications for grant opportunities (Innovative Library Technology Grant & Information Access for the Unserved Grant) with rolling deadlines are accepted year round. For more information about these opportunities and the LSTA program, contact Virginia Vought at (317) 234-6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
libraries have already signed up for
Snapshot of Indiana
Libraries on Monday, April 12, 2010, but more
are needed to perfectly illustrate the invaluable services
provided Indiana libraries to their local communities.
Participation is simple and only requires collection of basic
information, positive comments, and fun photographs from events
in a typical library day. The event is being held in concurrence
with National Library Week - an annual celebration of the
contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians.
Library Snapshot Day provides a way for libraries of all types across Indiana to show what happens each day in their libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help in finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that will enable library advocates to prove the value of their libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.
Libraries of all types are invited to participate in "Snapshot of Indiana Libraries." To register, email snapshot@library.IN.gov and include the name of your library, and the name and contact information of the person coordinating the effort at your library.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), together with HISTORYTM and the President's Council on the Arts and the Humanities, invites libraries and students across the United States to flex their creative muscles and share their passion for American history by participating in HISTORYTM's America: The Story of Us contests. For libraries, the contest entails creating a special exhibit or media project about American history that will strengthen their communities' interest in American history. Students are asked to create a short video based on any topic related to American history and are encouraged to reach out to local libraries, historical societies, and archives for information on their own local history or on the American history topic that interests them most.
"These contests are exciting opportunities to promote learning about American history and explore our nation's diverse heritage," said Marsha Semmel, Acting Director of IMLS. "We are delighted that HISTORYTM is reaching out to the nation's libraries to encourage a community dialogue about America's past."
More information about the library outreach comment and the student video contest are available at history.com.
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