See the announcement below for information on new grants for libraries, librarians, and digital youth and adults. (Source: OCTAE Connection, April 10, 2014)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $300,000 in grants for projects at the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), the University of Washington Information School, and the American Library Association (ALA).
COSLA will use its funds to reinforce continuing education services for public librarians by focusing on “creating the infrastructure to leverage state library agency training resources, co-develop new continuing education programming, and engage in national partnerships.” The Information School at the University of Washington will apply its IMLS award to hold a national leadership forum on how people of all ages engage with digital technology and help shape it. The ALA will expand on this work by holding a national summit designed to “foster a broader, national conversation about the changing environment libraries operate in and to generate interest in trend watching to help libraries respond to and shape the future.” The ALA will follow up on earlier efforts that created the Center for the Future of Libraries, and release a report on its national summit on the future of libraries that will inform the center’s work during its first year. Adult education providers are encouraged to follow the work of each of the partners under this IMLS grant for potential application of the results of their work, and to reach out to their local libraries and state library systems to strengthen connections in their own communities.
Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group