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Fast Fact Sheet: Native American Library Services - Enhancement Grants (2014)

Vital Statistics

Number of applicants: 25
Number of grants awarded: 14
Total dollar amount requested:  $1,982,406
Total dollar amount awarded: $1,710,987
Total dollar of matching: $608,504

Program Statement

Enhancement Grant projects may enhance existing library services or implement new library services, particularly as they relate to the following goals in the updated Museum and Library Services Act (20 U.S.C. §9141):

(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) (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, and

     (B) 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 (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved

(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 (20 U.S.C. §9121).


“Tribal and Native Alaskan and Hawaiian libraries play a critical role in responding to the learning, informational, technological, and cultural needs of tribal people,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth.  “Whether for library staffing or collections development, early learning or lifelong learning, information literacy or workforce development, these grants will boost the capacity of these libraries and help them with many facets of their operations and services.”

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