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Deadline: April 1, 2016

Institute of Museum & Library Services: Native American Library Services Basic Grant

The mission of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Native American Library Basic Grant funds may be used to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the updated 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’ needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills.
  2. Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services.
  3. 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; and enhancing efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services.
  4. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks.
  8. Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes of the Library Services and Technology subchapter of the IMLS statute.

An Education/Assessment supplemental option is available under this grant. The purposes of the Education/Assessment option are to provide funding for library staff to attend library-related continuing education courses and training workshops on- or offsite; for library staff to attend or give presentations at conferences related to library services; and to hire a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment.

Amount: $2,000,000 is available for an anticipated 267 grant awards. Basic grants are expected to be $6,000. If requested, the Education/Assessment supplemental option is an additional $1,000.

Eligibility: Indian tribes, Alaska native villages, regional corporations, and village corporations. Entities such as libraries, schools, tribal colleges, or departments of education are not eligible applicants, although they may be involved in the administration of this program and their staff may serve as project directors, in partnership with an eligible applicant.

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

Note: There is a webinar on February 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm MST. See: https://www.imls.gov/news-events/events.

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