On July 16 Utah State Library announced the awards of the 2014 LSTA Grant recipients. Ten grants for Collection projects totaling $98,778, three grants for Digitization projects totaling $56,054, and nine grants for Technology totaling $145,171 were awarded for a grand total of 22 grant awards totaling $300,003. Eleven of the grant recipients are public libraries, six are school libraries and 5 are academic libraries. The sub-grant award period runs from August 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
2014 LSTA Grant Awards, Recipients & Project Descriptions
Albion Middle School Library “U-Knighted” To Increase
Comprehension Through E-books, $4,500
The new Utah State ELA core curriculum shifts necessitate that an increased number of motivating and engaging non-fiction, content-area reading materials aligned with objectives from the core curriculum be available for all teachers and students, and we need additional materials to successfully implement this program.
Delta High School, and Consortium of Middle Schools from Millard, Beaver, Garfield, Kane, Iron, Washington District and Charter Schools
Students Growing in eSTRIDE, $20,000
This grant will allow middle school students and teachers in the region access to eBooks through a collaboration across our six districts and charters with a previous grant called eSTRIDE, a high-quality engaging library resource for high school in the region.
Emery County Library System, Orangeville Branch
Good-bye Melvil Dewey!, $4,510
The library needs to replace Dewey and implement a BISAC system of shelving, beginning in the non-fiction section, to better serve all patrons.
Ephraim Public Library
Story-hour enhancement and Other Children’s Programs, $1,800
Additional avenues of learning for “in-need” children are both beneficial and essential through more hands-on reading activities for our 3-8 year-olds, and more stimulating and challenging activities for our 9-18 year-olds.
Garland Public Library
Empowering Today’s Teens, $6,000
This project will implement new programming that will help educate, strengthen, and empower the teens within our community and surrounding areas. Our teens are challenged daily with bullying, teen pregnancy, dating violence, and attempted suicides.
North Davis Junior High, Norseman Nook Library
Norsemen Read Every Day to Explore Their Futures, $5,000
This project will purchase digital and print titles to support literacy in the classroom and provide support for Program Care, an after school program, with library services and career exploration workshops.
Orem Public Library
Access 24/7, $10,968
This grant seeks to increase the use of the Library’s digital services by making the collection larger and more enticing, adding additional services, and by alerting patrons to these items with extensive advertising.
Saratoga Springs Public Library
Immersion Collection to Support Local Schools, $10,000
The specific areas of Spanish, Chinese, and young adult materials have been chosen to meet the needs of children attending either of the two language immersion schools or New Haven boarding school. As a result of these schools, the library has developed programs and collections in these languages.
Springville Public Library, Partnering with Springville, Pleasant Grove, Richfield, and San Juan, Grand, Summit, and Uintah counties
Coming Together to Provide the Zinio Digital Experience, $16,000 This grant will help meet patron demand for more digital resources. The target audience is seven communities throughout Utah with a population of approximately 169,500. Online magazines will target and benefit every patron with a library card.
Washington County School District
OK Kids, break out the e-readers, it’s time to go to the library, $20,000
WCSD needs to create electronic access to books for our students. Elementary schools will be the first to achieve the 1:1 device to student ratio through a district-wide digital library for young readers.
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney Law Library
Utah Supreme Court Briefs Digitization, $45,181
The print versions of Utah Supreme Court briefs reside in incomplete sets at three different libraries. Lawyers and legal educators would benefit greatly from having online access to Utah Supreme Court briefs.
University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
KUTV EXTRA: A nation’s history through the eyes of Utah filmmakers, $8,620
This project proposes to: digitize the KUTV U-matic cassettes; create accompanying metadata; make the videos accessible online; and host a reception launching the online collection. Audiovisual archivists will conduct outreach to promote use of the collection.
Weber State University, Stewart Library
Digitization of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Photos, $2,253
Stewart Library Special Collections includes 326 photos of Civilian Conservation Corps projects in Utah from 1933 to 1942. Digitizing this historical collection will provide greater public access locally and nation-wide.
Lewiston Public Library
Promote Computer Literacy and Eliminate the Summer Slide, $10,000
Lewiston Public Library has teamed up with Lewiston Elementary to utilize the existing Accelerated Reader Program, where students are quizzed and rewarded for reading and comprehension, as a solution to the “summer slide.” Library computers will also be updated to run the necessary AR Program software, as well as serving routine patron use.
Murray Public Library
RFID and Self-Checkout Implementation, $38,300
Murray Library is seeking funds to implement RFID tagging technology and new self-checkouts. The purpose of this project is to increase efficiency and achieve the mission of the library.
Ogden School District Library Program
Mobile Opportunities to Become Information Literate Everywhere (MOBILE Computer Labs), $32,642
Six Mobile District Teacher Librarians work district-wide with classroom teachers and students age 5-18 to develop and implement inquiry-based research projects. This project will equip each District Teacher Librarian with a wireless mobile computer lab to use throughout the district network.
Pleasant Grove Library
Kindles and High School Required Reading, $6,000
This project will use LSTA funds to buy 36 Kindle devices loaded with the books on the required reading lists for check-out to students.
Provo City Library
Collaboration Station: A Media Table with Screen-sharing Technology, $8,993
Our objective is to provide a study room equipped with a media table for connecting and sharing screens from individuals’ laptops, tablets, and smartphones to enable team collaboration.
Southwest Education Development Center (SEDC), Millard School District
Moving Forward with KOHA , $7,322
For the twenty-three schools in Kane, Beaver, Garfield and Iron school districts successfully using the KOHA system, this project will continue to develop this solution using LSTA funds to purchase additional servers for the SEDC region ensuring enough processing power to serve all schools.
Tremonton City Library
Computer Project: Brainfuse, $10,654
LSTA funds will purchase a laptop kiosk and the Brainfuse program.
Westminster College, Giovale Library
Instruction Lab Technology Update, $18,560
The library classroom is outdated for today’s technology. The total project will redesign our space to include new furniture, computers and technological supports for our diverse community of college students (18 and older), staff, faculty, and the local community. The new configuration will encourage collaborative information literacy learning.
White Pine Middle School
Chromebook Lab, $12,700
A Chromebook lab will greatly benefit the school, and provide the freedom to have a computer for each student when they come to the library to do research. It will also allow us to turn any room into a computer lab when we co-teach in a teacher’s classroom.
Department of Heritage and Arts Funded Digitization Projects
Park City Public Library
Park Record Historic Newspaper Preservation Project, $10,000
The unusual history of a dilapidated mining camp turning into the home of the Sundance Film Festival and an infamous resort town is locked up in old newspapers, microfilmed, but difficult to access. With the newspapers digitized, journalists, historians, and citizens will find answers, understand the local community, and learn from the past.
Springville Public Library
Digitization of the Springville Herald Newspaper: 1924-1956, $21,882
The Springville Public Library has microfilm and original paper issues of the newspaper dating from 1895 to 2009. This collection is open to the public by appointment, but is fragile and not entirely indexed. The Springville Public Library hopes to digitize part of this collection and make it available to the public and searchable online.