Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

2018 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
Competitive Grant Award Abstracts

Cloquet Public Library - $38,457

“Youth Worker for Tweens and Teens Afterschool”

This project provides a youth worker to work with tweens and teens afterschool to increase teen use of library services and materials, and develop protective factors such as social competence and empowerment. The Cloquet Public Library is heavily used by tweens and teens who are less affluent, less well-integrated into the larger community, and at greater risk of negative outcomes such as substance abuse and mental health issues. The youth worker will offer a consistent schedule of engaging programs and increase the capacity of library staff and the larger Cloquet-area community to serve youth by offering a schedule of trainings on positive youth development. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal A: Library services and policies promote barrier-free access, Sub-goal A2: Reducing Barriers to Access Grant Making.

Friends of the Hennepin County Public Library - $100,000

“Community-Embedded Library Service Initiative”

Community-Embedded Library Service (CELS) is an asset-based initiative that pairs Hennepin County librarians with Community Liaisons to extend services directly to communities that experience the greatest barriers to library access. The program will employ Community Liaisons and Library Ambassadors from the Native American community in Minneapolis and the Latino community in Bloomington to work with local librarians to increase awareness of library services, build partnerships, and offer responsive programming. CELS will also increase equity and inclusion in Hennepin County Library by bringing more community members into the library as paid staff empowered to share their culture with their coworkers through workshops, welcome events, and other activities that reflect the diverse community. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal C: Libraries respond to diverse community needs, Sub-goal C3: Promoting Equity through Grant Making.

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library - $99,731

“Expanding Community Services for the Somali and Latinx Communities in Saint Paul”

In recent years, Saint Paul Public Library has formalized its approach to working in and with cultural communities by creating Cultural Liaison staff positions for members of a specific cultural community who speak that community’s language of origin as their first language. This project will address two urgent needs by connecting more people from the Somali and Latinx communities with programs and services that enhance their learning and deepen their social capital through culturally-specific, community-informed approaches to library programs and services. The library will increase the number of programs and services offered in Somali and Spanish languages and offer new programs co-created with members of each community; and engage significantly more people from Somali and Latinx communities in library programming. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal A: Library services and policies promote barrier-free access, Sub-goal A2: Reducing Barriers to Access Grant Making.

Great River Regional Library - $89,654

“Breaking Down Barriers to Family Literacy”

This program serves diverse cultural and economic populations, builds staff capacity, and increases knowledge and skills regarding diversity and inclusion across the region. The project includes a series of programs, outreach activities, and networking opportunities to help new citizens sharpen their English speaking skills, promote workforce readiness, cultivate networking opportunities, and create greater access to meaningful educational and digital resources. A crucial long‐term purpose of this project is to develop relationships with diverse local populations for the purposes of recruitment, leading to a richly diversified Great River Regional Library staff. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal C: Libraries respond to diverse community needs, Sub-goal C3: Promoting Equity through Grant Making.

Ramsey County Library - $17,290

“Digital Storytelling”

Library Makerspaces and other STEAM programs at the Ramsey County Library have traditionally served the teen and youth population. Programming that targets adults will introduce adult patrons to new technological tools and ideas, encourage informal learning within the adult makerspace, and build a familiarity with the technology that adults can use to incorporate into their own digital storytelling. The goal is to provide adult patrons exposure to new and emerging technology, such as virtual reality, film making, and analog-to-digital conversion, with a series of workshops and classes to help them gain fluency in new areas of digital literacy. Integrating the use of technology into the traditional act of storytelling will allow patrons to create and share their own personal narratives and experiences. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal E: Libraries facilitate digital equity and literacy, Sub-goal E2: Advancing Digital Literacy through Grant Making.

Regents of University of Minnesota (Minitex) - $72,000

“Council of Academic Library Directors Cooperative Collection Management Project”

CALD (Council for Academic Library Directors) is piloting a project that will ensure ongoing access for current and future generations to the unique and scarcely-held items in Minnesota’s academic libraries. The project will develop a shared print retention program in order to preserve scholarly and general interest materials held in the state’s respective collections and develop a program for ongoing management and preservation. To identify titles which should be committed for retention, participating institutions will undertake a large-scale monograph collections analysis project in partnership with OCLC’s Sustainable Collections Services (SCS). This project would also identify materials that have not yet been digitized but should be, as well as treasures that are held only in Minnesota’s academic libraries. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal A: Library services and policies promote barrier-free access, Sub-goal A2: Reducing Barriers to Access Grant Making.

Saint Paul Public Schools - $99,841

“Coding & Literacy Fusion in Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Elementary Libraries”

The Coding & Literacy Fusion in SPPS Elementary Libraries grant project serves pre-K through grade 5 students at four Saint Paul elementary schools (L’Etoile du Nord, Maxfield, Obama, and St. Paul Music Academy). The project will allow all students at the participating schools to learn how to create computer code and will begin to build a computer literacy curriculum. The project goals include increasing engagement with literacy activities in the library and introducing students to computer coding. Grant activities include librarians creating coding-infused literacy units by collaborating with classroom teachers. Students will engage with the coding-infused literacy projects designed by the librarians and pre-K through grade 5 classroom teachers. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal E: Libraries facilitate digital equity and literacy, Sub-goal E2: Advancing Digital Literacy through Grant Making.

South St. Paul Public Library - $7,667

“Promoting Summer Learning Access through Portable Library Project”

Through the Portable Library Project (PLP), the library will purchase books and supplemental learning tools that will comprise a collection of fine- and fee-free items circulated on an honor system. In partnership with the South St. Paul Mayor’s Youth Task Force these items will be taken to key sites within the city. During each site visit, volunteers will offer educational programming under the direction of the Youth Services Librarian, targeting pre-K through 3rd grade youth. By mobilizing collections and programming, the library will expand access to its summer reading activities, as well as create a new service through the PLP collection and site visits. This will increase participation in summer reading activities in populations that have traditionally been underserved by libraries, and are at high risk for summer learning loss or not being kindergarten ready. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal B: Libraries contribute to the World’s Best Workforce, Sub-goal B2: Libraries and the World’s Best Workforce Grant Making.

Tri-County Schools ISD #2358 - $18,115

“Field Trips – Real and Virtual”

Northern Minnesota’s Tri-County Schools in collaboration with the school library, will work with grades K-6 to enhance student’s knowledge and exposure to a variety of content areas. Goals will be achieved in three ways: virtual field trips around the country and world using the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) lessons; additional library materials purchased and added with a focus on science, government, history, the arts, and mathematics; and students in grades 5-7 visiting Minneapolis/St. Paul to see the State Capitol, the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center, and the Minnesota Zoo. Such experiences will enhance students’ learning by making the topics they learn in the classroom more relevant, while also encouraging students to use their newly gained knowledge and experiences to becoming more critical thinkers. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal A: Library services and policies promote barrier-free access, Sub-goal A2: Reducing Barriers to Access Grant Making.

Waconia Public Schools - $49,572

“Getting Past Play - Engaging Learners in Purposeful Use of Library and Technology Resources”

The Waconia School District media team will empower learners with strategies for "getting past play" through investments in Makerspace technology and digital reading resources that foster active learning, persistence, and mindfulness. Media specialists will create a multimedia family toolkit for effective and ethical use of school technology at home and school, including basic troubleshooting, screen time monitoring, and managing distraction. Teachers and media specialists in grades 3-8 will collaborate to create interdisciplinary lessons that incorporate metacognitive tools, media production, coding with robots, and design thinking. Secondary students will increase their independence and interest in pleasure reading with lessons on curating digital book collections, book clubs, and social reading. This project supports LSTA Five-Year (2018-2022) Plan Goal E: Libraries facilitate digital equity and literacy, Sub-goal E2: Advancing Digital Literacy through Grant Making.