[Library Media] Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative

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Seeking applications for School Library, Community Memory, and Digital
Inclusion grants
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Big Opportunities for Small Libraries: IMLS Launches New Special Initiative
Seeking Applications for School Library, Community Memory, and Digital
Inclusion Grants
Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a
new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small
Libraries (APP)
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and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.

This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the
ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations
to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Transforming
Communities
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which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access, and
building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership
Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of
library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

“We’re pleased to support the work of small libraries and archives across
our nation who are essential to their communities in so many ways,” said
IMLS Deputy Director of Library Services Robin Dale. “These grants will
provide opportunities for small libraries who provide such important
programs and services at a local level to impact new, promising practices
on a national scale.”

Categories
Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:


   - Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support
   learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and
   collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library
   professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom
   teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare
   students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early,
   digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of
   literacies.



   - Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of
   our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for
   community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on
   engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and
   preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities.
   Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related
   to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral
   history projects that involve community members in the documentation and
   preservation of local histories.



   - Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting
   digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and
   networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries
   play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling
   community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant
   proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless
   networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development
   and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.


Cohort Learning and Evaluation
Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice
based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations
will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating
communication between grantees.

“Using an approach similar to IMLS’s Community Catalyst initiative, these
new grants will support small libraries—some who may be applying for their
first federal grant—through capacity building and cohort style learning,”
said Dale.

This component of the grant is designed to promote shared knowledge, build
grantee capacity in relevant areas, and grow networks in the library and
archives fields. In addition, IMLS intends to identify and support a
third-party organization to evaluate this initiative.

Who is Eligible?
This grant opportunity is designed for small and rural libraries and
archives, and applicants should consider how their organization might be a
good fit. There are a number of ways to be “small,” and attributes of
“small” libraries or archives could include:


   - size of the staff and volunteer corps;
   - operating budget and sources of revenue;
   - size of the collection and range of services provided;
   - size of facility and property;
   - types, numbers, and geographic distribution of audiences served; and
   size relative to other organizations of the same discipline or within the
   same geographic region.


Institution types could include rural or urban public libraries, Native
American tribal libraries, school districts representing elementary through
secondary school libraries, or research or special libraries. For more
details, please read the notice of funding opportunity
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(PDF
384KB).

Webinars
Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer
questions from potential applicants. The webinars, which will each cover
the same material, are scheduled for:


   - Tuesday, December 18, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern
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   - Wednesday, January 9, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
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Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website
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For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the
webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar page
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