LSTA Grant Awards

2012 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
Competitive Grant Award Abstracts

Anoka County Library - $117,389

“Anoka County Library on the Go”

Through the project, Anoka County Library on the Go, Anoka County Library and its partners expand access to both traditional and electronic library services to underserved residents. The grant allows Anoka County Library to place a variety of kiosk services throughout Anoka County at partner locations -- the City Center in Ramsey, the Andover Community Center and YMCA, Anoka Hennepin School District #11’s University School, and the Mississippi Branch Library. Planned services include a discovery station for e-books, e-book readers for students, a tablet dispenser, a locker system to pick-up and return reserved library materials, and a book vending machine. In this project, Anoka County Library seeks to embrace the future while providing the kinds of service residents need today.

Austin Public Library - $8,000

“Count Yourself In”

Count Yourself In! provides targeted programming, exhibits, and collections to enhance the early math and reading literacy skills of at-risk young children and provides library outreach to minority families with young children. With this project, Austin Public Library responds to significant gaps in math and reading skills identified in local populations. Many at-risk families visit the library frequently, but their library use is largely restricted to entertainment resources. The library wishes to engage at-risk families, increase their use of the library, and increase their skills and knowledge in helping their young children learn early math and reading skills. In this project, the library promotes books, the Austin Public Library, and family reading as learning resources for children aged two to seven. And, the library hosts the interactive exhibit on math and reading, “Go Figure,” produced by the Minnesota Children’s Museum; offers a library docent program that trains teen and tween bilingual students to introduce minority families with young children to the library; and, provides carefully-designed weekly evening family programming targeted to at-risk families.

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library - $49,250

“Community Connectors: Services for Limited English Proficiency Adults and Pre-readers”

The Community Connectors project provides St. Paul Public Library the opportunity to hire native speakers to oversee both world language storytimes and world language computer training, in community settings and in library facilities serving diverse city residents. Limited English Proficiency adults are introduced to library services in an environment with which they are familiar. In addition, they gain digital literacy skills that support employment and community engagement. Limited English Proficiency children develop early literacy skills and identify the Library as a place for them. This continues a program to offer basic computer classes in community locations such as housing developments, neighborhood centers and recreation centers, and to offer storytimes for pre-readers at libraries in Spanish Amharic, Somali, and Hmong. The project continues these programs while the Library realigns resources in order to make them core functions.

Metropolitan Library Service Agency (MELSA) - $85,500

“Bookawocky: A Celebration of Summer Reading”

Bookawocky: A Celebration of Summer Reading moves the regional summer reading program into the 21st century with the addition of an online program, improves outreach to non-readers and non-library users, provides greater engagement for experienced summer reading participants, and creates lasting partnerships on regional and local levels. This program targets pre-teen and teen outreach programs to increase pre-teen and teen use and understanding of library resources. Summer reading programs are a great library resource for school children and teens at risk for summer learning loss. Young people need to read over the summer or they risk losing skills acquired in the previous school year. Motivating children to read during this extended out-of-school period is essential for public libraries in their role as supporters of the academic success of young citizens. Summer reading programs often focus on the kids they already serve. This project enhances the existing metro public libraries’ program by looking forward at new methods for connecting with kids and motivating them to read. This project extends the reach of the traditional summer reading program to non-readers and non-library users through technology, outreach and partnerships.

Osseo - Independent School District 279 - $35,339

“iRead at Crest View (Elementary School)”

iRead at Crest View (Elementary School) provides students with access to digital content throughout the school day as an extension of the school library media center’s physical library. For this project, students practice information literacy skills through guided studies, independent reading, and research. iPad tablets are available to all 360 students on a checkout basis, providing a ratio of approximately 1 iPad per 5 students. Because 89 percent of the school’s students come from low income families, most do not have access to technology at home. Student access to digital content and technology at school provides students with the opportunity to develop and practice 21st century skills. The availability and use of iPads allows students to access digital content in their daily studies and gives them the tools and motivation they need to keep reading for information and pleasure throughout their lives.

Robbinsdale Cooper High School Library Media Center - Independent School District 281 - $44,174.95

“iRead at the eLibrary: Library Media Center takes the lead in provisioning ebooks to improve learning”

iRead at the eLibrary is a project to improve student reading and information literacy skills for targeted reading classes at Cooper High School. All students at Cooper High School, and the district as a whole, benefit from the school library media center’s research on strategies to improve reading and the provisioning of ebooks. The project seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaboration between the school library media specialist and classroom teachers in provisioning ebook resources for self-selected reading and using technology to respond to reading. The project supports purchase of collections of ebook resources and ereader devices with applications for creative media production. Students learn to select ebooks and written texts from school and public library collections and they develop creative projects that demonstrate learning. The student population at Cooper High School is 52.7 percent non-white and over 40 percent qualify for free and reduced lunch, an indicator of low income. This project aligns with the District Technology Plan, allowing staff to analyze ebooks systems that are targeted for introduction in 2013-14. The project also aligns with the Minnesota state content standards in language arts, both in encouraging free reading and creating multimedia projects.

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) - $63,850

“OCLC Reclamation and Integration Supplementation”

The SELCO OCLC Reclamation and Integration Supplementation project completes a larger project of SELCO and its member libraries, which synchronizes SELCO catalog with OCLC’s WorldCat database, the largest library catalog in the world. During the Supplementation project, the catalog records of each library in the SELCO region are matched against the WorldCat database. A project cataloger, devoted to addressing the records for materials that did not match with WorldCat holdings, ensures that issues are resolved and that regional holdings are quickly reflected in WorldCat and in the SELCO catalog. This approach saves the staff time and resources of individual SELCO libraries. With holdings added to WorldCat, resources are more visible to Internet users everywhere. Records that SELCO creates for new resources are available for other libraries throughout the world to use. The SELCO Integrated Library System (ILS) is more robust with the addition of the access points and more complete records for local items. The most unique, local and hidden collections of the SELCO libraries are more easily found and used by library patrons in SELCO, Minnesota and beyond.

Southeast Library System (SELS) - $46,400

“Community School Media Centers as Online Partners – 2013”

Through the project, Community School Media Centers as Online Partners – 2012, three school library media centers in two school districts become SELCO Online Libraries. By participation in the SELCO Integrated Library System (ILS), the students, faculty, and staff in participating schools have improved access to the resources available from their local school library media centers and greater and more efficient access to the resources from across the SELCO region. The addition of three libraries to the SELCO ILS expands ILS service and resource sharing in the SELCO/SELS region. The project participants include two school library media centers in the Glenville-Emmons School district (Glenville-Emmons Elementary School and Glenville-Emmons High School) and another in the St. Charles School District (St. Charles High School).