LSTA Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2011
Special Project Grants:
Central Texas Library System (CTLS) $65,713
The Ready to Read Project provides early literacy classes to parents and teachers of Head Start and other local partner agencies so that disadvantaged children have the best possible chance to succeed in school. Funding in 2011 will support the expansion of the Ready to Read project to fifteen new public library sites in three counties, in partnership with three multi-county Head Start and other community agencies.
El Paso Community College $48,508
The Jenna Welch and Laura Bush Community Library, an academic/public partnership between El Paso Community College and the El Paso Public Library, will develop and implement the “Interactive Technology and Family Literacy Program” for young children and their parents. The Project will address the low literacy levels and lack of familiarity with technology in the communities of northwest El Paso County.
North Texas Library Partners (NTRLS) $75,000
In the “Homebound Program,” NTRLS will partner with three member libraries and two other entities to develop a program which will help libraries find ways to reach out and provide library services to the homebound. Funding will support pilot efforts in Alvarado, Denton, and Haltom City, all libraries serving different-sized communities, and will include a start-up effort, an expansion program, and a program based on the Netflix model. The Project will support the establishment of policies and procedures that can be shared with other library communities seeking to establish homebound services.
Arlington Public Library System $58,610
This grant will allow the Arlington Public Library to establish three community libraries located in Title I elementary schools, known as LibraryLINK sites. Building on previous successes in establishing LibraryLINK sites at other schools, grant funding will support the addition of two more libraries at two elementary schools and an unstaffed materials pickup point at one YMCA. The grant will also support improved circulation of materials to LibraryLINK locations through a more sophisticated and reliable web interface.
Alpine Public Library $5,445
The Alpine Public Library will create the “Basic Computer Literacy Training” Project, a computer literacy training program targeted at adults seeking to improve their computer literacy and job marketability, in cooperation with the Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande agency in Alpine, Texas (near Big Bend National Park).
Dallas Public Library $74,984
The Dallas Public Library will expand the “La Familia Leyendo Juntos” Project, which offers English language literacy instruction for parents and K-3 children together. Dallas Public Library seeks funding to support the establishment and expansion of the Project in three library branches serving large Hispanic populations.
Weatherford Public Library $51,821
The “Parker County Library Association” program supports resource sharing and cooperation among rural libraries in Parker County (just west of and adjacent to Tarrant County). Four public libraries and one school library received prior LSTA funding to develop an ILS, with courier service available between the libraries, and they have forged a strong technological and interpersonal partnership emphasizing improved service to Parker County residents. Third-year Project funding in 2011 will assist with technical support to position PCLA for long-term sustainability in the community.
Arlington Public Library System $ 73,749
As the first step toward a more regional resource-sharing arrangement, the “Regional Resource Sharing – Arlington and Mansfield” Project will merge automation systems, offering residents virtually seamless library services between the libraries in Arlington and Mansfield through a shared catalog and patron database, courier services between the cities and shared customer service and technology training activities.
Texas A&M University – Commerce $ 73,966
The “HeirLoom: Something Worth Saving, Something Worth Sharing” project is a collaboration between the James Gee Academic Library of Texas A&M University-Commerce and rural libraries and historical associations in rural northeast Texas. This Project supports TAMU-Commerce archivists in providing on-site training and technical assistance for rural libraries as they seek out historical materials and digitize their special collections. This year’s grant supports continued training and expansion of the Project into 20 counties.
North Texas Library Partners (NTRLS), $ 75,000
In the “Information Literacy” Project, NTRLS will offer a series of information literacy classes using the latest technology as well as acquire funds for a service for its member libraries to receive a year-long subscription to Murals Online Resource, an online tool to introduce individuals to information literacy. Funding will support a literacy coordinator to administer and implement the program as well as a contractor to workshops based on a curriculum decided by a committee of the partner libraries.