LSTA Grant Awards

2011 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
Competitive Grant Award Abstracts

Anoka County Library (ACL) - $97,935

“Anoka County Collaboration for Jobs”

Anoka County Collaboration for Jobs is a partnership between Anoka County Library, Anoka County Workforce Center and Metro North Adult Basic Education to provide access to job skills training, career information, networking for job seekers, a computer lab and basic computer literacy to approximately 2,550 of the Anoka County residents who are unemployed, underemployed, or lacking in basic computer literacy. The project will pilot how a public library branch can help bridge barriers to access through provision of formal instruction in basic computer literacy, computer based job searches and computer based career explorations. It will utilize a dedicated computer lab with volunteer and paid staff that can assist job seekers unable to access the workforce center due to the barriers of distance or poverty. Finally, it will build upon the resources already in place within the three organizations, using the library as a focal point.

Anoka Technical College Library - $35,000

“Audiovisuals for Student Success”

Anoka Technical College Library seeks to enhance and expand its audiovisual/digital collection to better address the academic needs of underserved populations. Underserved population includes students who have spent a long period of time outside of the educational environment, students who are acquiring proficiency in English, the hearing disabled and students with low reading comprehension or invisible disabilities and barriers. An updated audiovisual/digital collection and enhanced equipment would benefit underserved populations within the student body of approximately 2000 FTE. Numerous audiences with a mix of traditional and underserved students would view curriculum-enhancing audiovisuals in the classroom and in targeted program settings. A fledging English Language Learner program by our partner, Metro North ABE, would flourish with proper audiovisual resources and programming.

East Central Regional Library - $71,595

“Digital Immigrants II”

Digital Immigrants II will teach technology skills to persons who did not grow up in a digital or technological world. The project will include classes on social networking tools, electronic reading devices, Internet career and job search tools, and maintaining and upgrading computers.

Hennepin County Library (HCL) - $80,000

“Video Service Plan for & Hennepin County Library”

Hennepin County Library seeks to develop and implement a sustainable model for delivering access to library services, information, programs and training by video. This would give customers on-demand access to library resources from home, office, or mobile devices and would provide access to customers who can’t get to a library, or who need library information when library buildings are closed. Grant funds would support Hennepin County Library’s capacity to plan, develop and create a package of video services that can be used as a model for future Hennepin County Library service delivery, as well as in other Libraries across Minnesota.

Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) - $67,726

“Plum Creek Library System Koha Open Source ILL Implementation Project”

Plum Creek Library System Koha Open Source ILL Implementation Project purposes are to:

1) Implement the Koha Open Source ILS for PCLS member libraries, including school libraries,
2) Demonstrate the effectiveness and cost benefits of this open-source Integrated Library System for PCLS member libraries and MN Libraries,
3) Create the foundation for an environment for PCLS libraries to deliver automation services in a more cost-effective and sustainable manner.
4) Build the capacity to offer options for lower-cost Web hosting and data backup options to interested MN regional systems, school libraries, and other libraries in an open, easily accessible, high-capacity virtual server environment.

Friends of the St. Paul Public Library - $31,200

“Assessing Competency in Northstar Digital Literacy Standards”

“Assessing Competency” creates an assessment tool for the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards. The target audience includes people of all ages and backgrounds with little or no computer experience. Current class attendance at Saint Paul Public Library and Ramsey County Library indicates a majority of people served will be adults, with a significant portion of the audience being English language learners. During the project, we will design, test and implement an assessment tool for each of five components of the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards. By the end of the project, all organizations using the standards will be able to offer pre- and post-class testing and provide certification of mastered competencies. Library patrons and others will be able to prove competency in specific skill areas. These skills will allow access to library resources, and job opportunities.

Traverse des Sioux Library System (TdS) - $33,326

“E-Book and E-Reader Training”

Traverse des Sioux Library System seeks to purchase e-readers in a variety of formats to be used for member library staff training purposes, educating library staff on the current tools available for downloadable and streaming e-books and for marketing and promotional expenses to publicize the service.

Viking Library System (VLS) - $10,213

“Mobile Laptop Training Lab”

VLS seeks to implement a mobile laptop training lab to be used by all libraries. The purpose of the Mobile Laptop Training Lab is three-fold.

1) Provide a computer lab at Viking Library System headquarters to allow various member library staff to come together to analyze and recommend for purchase electronic resources for their patrons within the system. Recent and near-future examples include downloadable audiobooks and e-books and a discovery layer of software for the OPAC.
2) Provide train-the-trainer opportunities for member library staff to receive hands-on training on the software for which they will be providing training for their end users.
3) Circulate the laptops to the eleven member libraries so they can offer large group (as opposed to one-on-one) community based training within their own local libraries.