Ms. Judith A. Ring
Division of Library and Information Services
R.A. Gray Building
500 S. Bronough St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
State library website:
“Florida was hit hard by the recession. Workforce recovery is our primary focus, along with serving the needs of returning veterans. ‘Get Help Florida,’ an e-government portal, offers statewide information, and ‘Right Service at the Right Time’ offers county information. These initiatives prompt staff training, too.”
--Judith A. Ring, Division Director, Division
of Library and Information Services
Read the Florida Division of Library and Information Services Interview with IMLS.
The Grants to States Program
The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
View allotments for all states.
Expanding Horizons Adult Literacy Project
The Jacksonville Public Library used grant funds to serve an increasing number of adults with limited reading and/or English skills. There were several program components—connecting learners to technology to gain comfort with accessing educational and employment resources; distance learning through quality web-based literacy instruction and learning opportunities; outreach to learners who have limited or no access to library resources; recruitment and training of volunteers to reach a greater number of adults who need literacy coaching; and outreach to local organizations and agencies that work with adult learners. The library’s efforts resulted in a number of partnerships with community organizations and businesses that have facilitated the expansion of the activities.
IMLS Funds: $78,512
Engaging Tweens, Teens and Their Community Through Science Exploration
The Gadsden County Public Library System encouraged tweens and teens to use the library’s resources as they explored science through programs in school, outreach locations, and the libraries themselves. The library partnered with the Challenger Learning Center, the Magnet Lab, and other successful science-oriented museums and organizations. Partners also included community groups to draw in volunteers and train the teens as leaders. Participating tweens and teens made their own short videos of their experiments and posted them on social networking sites. The program had twice as many program participants as expected, and all had positive comments about their experiences.
IMLS Funds: $47,256
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Each state creates a five-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Florida's five-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 344KB). View all states' plans.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
Ensure that library users are able to access what they need at their libraries with the help of staff that understands and responds positively to the diverse lifelong learning needs of different cultures, ages, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and educational levels.
Anticipate that 80 percent of library systems will provide physical space and programming for teens.
Ensure that library users, including children from birth through age 17, benefit from programs, including pre- and early literacy, that promote reading and related skills.
Ensure that adults benefit from literacy initiatives that address their needs.
Ensure that library users have opportunities to build 21st century information and technology skills.
General Services and Initiatives
Ensure that library users are able to access desired information, including government information and documents, and educational resources and services in traditional print and online formats.
Access to E-Resources
Provide patrons with access to resources to meet their needs through the innovative use of technology, including technological support for accessing e-government information and documents.
Economic and Employment Development
Aim for a 25 percent increase in the number of resumes and job advertisements viewed on the library’s website.
Ensure that library staff are trained and competent to meet current and future needs of library users with evolving services and resources, including technological resources.
Ensure that 95 percent of staff participants in the annual Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute complete Institute requirements.
Ensure that public library directors meet annually to share ideas and hear from guest presenters, then take home what they’ve learned and implement one or more of the ideas that are most likely to improve their library’s operations and management.
Through the Library Leaders Academy, offer staff participants programs and services that address diverse populations and cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and educational levels that they can use in the library.
Ensure that new directors participate in the statewide mentoring program.
Hold quarterly regional meetings in-person and virtually to share best practices and solve problems.
Marketing and Market Research
Strengthen our outreach message on the services and materials that are available at our public libraries through the use of traditional and social media.
Provide users with improved services through resource sharing.
Ensure that libraries benefit from strategic partnerships with public and private entities to develop and implement innovative, responsive, and sustainable services.
Ensure that libraries have a technology infrastructure that is flexible and innovative.
Foster partnerships with statewide organizations, including the Florida Library Association, League of Cities, and Florida Association of Counties.
At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Florida's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 2,661KB). View all states' evaluations.
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Florida's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 372KB).