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Deadline: April 2, 2018

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program

The goal of the FY 2018 Native American Library Services Basic Grants Program is to support existing library operations and maintain core library services. Successful Basic Grants support existing library operations and maintain core library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the Museum and Library Services Act:

1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals’ need for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital library skills.

2. Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities, as described in 20 U.S.C. § 9134(b)(6), for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services.

(a) Providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services.

(b) Enhancing efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services.

3. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations.

4. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills.

5. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

6. Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks.

7. Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter of the IMLS statute (20 U.S.C. § 9121).

Amount: Grants will range from $6,000 – $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. This includes tribal library staff to: attend library-related continuing education courses or training workshops; attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services; and/or hire a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment can be included in the Library Services Plan.

Eligibility: Indian tribes. For purposes of funding under this program, “Indian tribe” means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska native village, regional corporation, or village corporation (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.)), which is recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. A list of eligible entities is available from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Link: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/native-american-library-services-basic-grants%20

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