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The Benzonia Public Library will partner with the Benzie Area Historical Society and Museum and Benzie County Area Schools to create a teen internship program focusing on oral histories relating to veterans, families, agriculture, and artisanship. Local mentors and teen interns will be trained in video and oral history techniques and create videos for sharing online, at the local movie theater, and at the Historical Society. Program participants will collaborate with community members to capture their own memories. The project provides opportunities for high schoolers to engage in knowledge-centered internships and connect with local history.
The Hudson Area Association Library will collaborate with Oral History Summer School and allied community organizations to improve access to and engage community members in oral history. The project will provide integrated online access to audio, images, video clips, and transcripts from four oral history collections. The project team will create opportunities for dialogue around central themes in these oral histories through workshops designed to involve the community in tagging, writing summaries, and annotating oral histories, while bringing the oral histories into public space through listening events, public, art, an audio walking club, and a radio show.
Huna Heritage Foundation (HHF) will collect and preserve Hoonah clan membership data in their Digital Archives and make it accessible to the community through dissemination of 1500 Hoonah Clan Lineage booklets. Working with a range of community partners, including the Hoonah City Schools, Hoonah Indian Association, Huna Totem Corporation, and clan leaders, HHF will update and build on existing clan lineage data by engaging the community during a series of clan workshops, community events at the school, and other programs, as well as through direct outreach to individuals in the community. This project responds to assessed community needs to collect, document, and preserve clan lineage data that define the identities of the aboriginal peoples of Hoonah, Alaska.
The Pella Public Library will develop a digitization and crowdsourcing project involving historical collections from the library and the Pella Historical Society and Museums. The project will establish a digitization hub in the library, digitize and create metadata for historical materials from the library and the historical society, and make these materials available online. Building on the interest in and commitment to the community's interest in local history and shared Dutch heritage, public programs will engage volunteers to help improve metadata, transcribe documents, translate documents from Dutch to English, and provide their own historical documents to digitize.
The Astoria Public Library will engage community volunteers to digitize papers from founding families, early City of Astoria records, and materials documenting local industries, events, organizations, and people. Building on the success of an existing program that involves community members in processing the library's local history collections, the project will enhance access to these materials. The project team will create a shared regional digital collection including content from the library and the Clatsop County Historical Society and offer public programming to support community dialogue related to the collection and preservation of local histories.
In a response to a growing demand for unique local history information, the Scott County Library System, which serves the rural areas and towns of Scott County, Iowa, will establish a mobile digitization lab for photographs, manuscripts, and other documents relating to local history in order to build a digital collection focused on county history. The project team will host scanning day programs in the library's six branch communities and other locations, allowing users from all walks of rural life to tell their stories, digitize their photos, and photograph deteriorating photo albums. The project will also conduct oral histories and hold events to kick off and celebrate milestones of the project.
The Southern California Library, a small community library and archives in the Harvard Park area of South Los Angeles, will conduct oral histories, create a community archives through community collection day events, and develop a print and web-based graphic novel rooted in material and knowledge gained from the documentation project. Building on a 45-year history in the community, the project will document how residents experience violence and harm, as well as their related cultural practices of survival and living and will also engage residents in deeper discussion around these issues.
The Jacquith Public Library, in partnership with the Marshfield Historical Society, will engage youth and senior residents to preserve Marshfield's community memory through intergenerational dialog and oral history. Building on partnerships with the Twin Valley Senior Center and Twinfield Together Mentoring, the project focuses on interviews with mentor/mentee pairs discussing the past and hopes for the future of Marshfield. The project team will add context to these stories by digitizing related photos and artifacts from the Historical Society collection and from the contributions of interview participants. Community Memory Days will provide opportunities for residents to contribute historical content.
Forbes Library will develop the Moving Memories Lab, which will allow community members to record and preserve their stories, photos and other memories. The library will also celebrate the community's rich local history with related programming. The library will purchase equipment to record and digitize a range of media. Community members can access this equipment through the existing Library of Things and Moving Memories Lab pop-ups at partner organizations. Partners include the Center for New Americans, Northampton Senior Center, Historic Northampton, and Northampton Community Television. The project will offer trainings on use of the equipment and invite community members to add their digitized materials to the library's collection. Additional events will include training on caring for digital memories and files, conducting and recording oral histories, and other topics.
The Pioneer Library System in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York will hire a digital inclusion coordinator to help build a sustainable infrastructure to support the Finger Lakes Digital Inclusion Coalition. This infrastructure development will focus on creating multiple partnerships. The library will share its experiences and lessons learned through a Small/Rural Digital Inclusion Coalition Toolkit. The main goal of this project is to build the capacity of a growing digital inclusion coalition and ensure that it has a sustainable organizational structure. The infrastructure will allow for a large scale approach, involving multiple partners and sectors.
Elkins Public Library in Arkansas will increase digital inclusion for K-12 students learning coding, robotics, and electronics; small business owners seeking to create and use digital communication and marketing tools; and library users interested in personal digital archiving to promote community and local history. The project will address community needs by providing children, working adults, and retired seniors with learning materials to prepare for employment or secondary education, job skills and retraining, and preservation of community heritage for learning in future generations.
The Biblioteca Centro para Puerto Rico in partnership with the Sila M. Calderon Foundation will acquire equipment and software to host digital literacy workshops for its community. These will focus on basic computer use, desktop and mobile tools and applications, introduction to e-commerce, electronic government online platforms, and online privacy and security. The main goal of this project is to establish a library and community program based on digital literacy education. The project will focus on identified user needs for digital literacy training. This training program will provide access to emerging technologies and promote skills development to a diverse audience through in-person, hands-on workshops.
The Asotin County Library in the state of Washington will create an open data project that will leverage existing community partnerships. The project will select useful and in-demand data sets and publish them as open data to a community portal hosted by data.wa.gov. The Asotin County Open Data Project will address the need for the residents of Asotin County, Washington, to have access to open data from Asotin County government departments and taxing districts, the cities of Clarkston and Asotin, Washington, and economic development entities in the area. During the course of the grant period, the library will offer open data literacy classes using the data collected. This community need was identified by Asotin County librarians through an existing open data grant-funded project.
La Veta Public Library in Colorado will create a technology training program using a "pop up" mobile computer laboratory. The goal of this project is to close gaps in technology skills and equip library users to be more involved in the digital economy. The skill gaps have been identified through the library's weekly "Tech Help" program and regular interaction with the library community. The library is a source of high speed, public internet access in an area where slow residential internet connection speeds are common.
Critical Path Learning Center, a health resources library within Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers will provide digital literacy training to lower income populations with the goal of providing pathways to secondary education, pre-apprenticeships, and vocational training programs. The goal of this digital literacy training is to address the digital skills and holistic education gaps that contribute to low employment and education levels among low-income Philadelphians. The beneficiaries of this project include Philadelphians who have limited access to educational support and have high rates of unemployment and homelessness.
The North Riverside Public Library in Illinois will create a mobile computer lab and upgrade the library's wireless infrastructure. The project plans to meet its goals by hiring two part-time technology assistants who will offer digital literacy training and technology-related programing to library users. The project will overhaul the library's wireless infrastructure through the deployment of new and additional access points. The primary purpose of this project is to conduct ongoing computer classes, in areas such as basic computer skills, internet browsing and email, web applications, resume creation, online job board searching and online employment application.
The Dade County Public Library of the Cherokee Regional Library System in Georgia will partner with the Dade County Jail to work with incarcerated people on digital literacy through the Next Chapter Program. This program will focus on basic computer skills and GED certification. It will feature a variety of topics designed to promote digital literacy, economic self-sufficiency and stable living for inmates of the Dade County Jail. The primary objective of this project is to reduce rates of recidivism.
The Valle Verde campus library of El Paso Community College in Texas seeks to provide digital literacy education to adult senior citizens in and around El Paso County. The basic digital literacy training will include two-hour training courses. The goal of the project is to introduce senior citizens to everyday computing, tablet and smartphone use. This will help them communicate with their family members, friends and other members of the community and enhance the overall quality of their lives. Each lesson will be taught in both English and Spanish to ensure full participation and remove language barriers.
The Pottsboro Area Public Library in Texas will develop library programming based on the popular gaming trend, eSports. The project will combine digital literacy and esports by looking at how games are programmed, the technology used to deliver the game experience, and the strategies involved in competition. The project will connect learning and play so that youth, educators and families experience the real-world value of education through interest-driven learning. The goal of the project is to help participants build digital literacy and critical thinking skills. These include online behavior management and online communication protocols and safety measures.
The Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School Media Center will support cross-disciplinary and inquiry-based learning methods and foster the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration by creating new programming and student-friendly learning zones. The library media specialist conducted a survey earlier this year of library stakeholders. This project addresses needs identified by the community as well as builds on existing momentum from the introduction of a makerspace cart and the development of a STEAM summer learning camp. The media center will invest in the Engineering is Elementary Curriculum and material kits designed by the Boston Museum of Science to further support inquiry-based learning. The library media specialist will partner with an academic support specialist, classroom teachers, and the director of the afterschool program to create a cross-disciplinary school library program.
The Worcestor County Public Schools will create and implement a strategic plan for the system's twelve school libraries. With Maryland State Department of Education's recent adoption of the American Association of School Librarians' National School Library Standards and upcoming library staff turnover, this is the opportune time for the school system to create a plan to meet the new standards. Year one of the project will focus on working with stakeholders to develop the strategic plan. The second year of the project will focus on implementing recommendations, developing the curriculum for the school libraries, and providing professional development to the school librarians. At the end of the project, the school system will have a clearly defined vision of a 21st century school library, and school librarians will have the training and resources to meet the needs of the students.
Laurens County School District 55 will provide its teacher librarians and teachers with the training required to transform its school libraries into collaborative and self-directed inquiry-based learning communities for students. Teacher librarians will participate in professional development opportunities to learn more about cross-disciplinary and inquiry-based methods. This professional development will also incorporate mentoring opportunities and a professional learning community, which will encourage professional collaboration and support sharing best practices. The teacher librarians will facilitate workshops for district educators and form partnerships with classroom teachers. Together, school librarians and teachers will transform the district's 20th century library-media centers into 21st century learning hubs.
The Milford Central School District will transform its library media center into a hub for self-directed learning through an interdisciplinary library-based broadcast class. The library media specialist will organize a project committee to research best practices in developing a videography production curriculum, develop the curriculum, and purchase equipment. As part of the curriculum, students will develop TEDEd-Student talks, create their own broadcasts, explore careers in videography, and learn career-readiness skills. Students will have the opportunity to attend a local TEDx program and present TED style talks in their community. Students will also develop regular broadcasts for the community. The Milford Central School District will make the curriculum and other resources available on the school's website as a replicable model for other rural schools.
The Freedom Public School will update the school library into a 21st century learning center. This updated center will provide students with learning opportunities to grow their problem-solving skills and engage in cooperative and project-based learning. Staff will participate in professional development opportunities to support the transformation. They will develop a makerspace area within the library to help students develop critical thinking skills through Do-It-Yourself projects, STEM kits, and other activities. The library will also integrate technology to help students develop digital literacy. Library staff will host an after-school reading program to provide access to the library outside of traditional school hours. They will also support learning opportunities for students by providing activities, such as makerspace time, guest speakers and instructors, and author visits.
The Orleans Central Supervisory Union will transform the Orleans Elementary School's library from a transactional space to a learning hub for students. The library media specialist will plan and implement at least one collaborative, inquiry-based unit of study with each classroom teacher. Teachers will have professional learning opportunities and focused planning time, allowing them to continue learning and collaborating with colleagues. The library media specialist will also add more flexible, personalized, and student-centered learning areas to the library space. The goal of the project is to help the library rethink its space and become more integrated into student-centered learning opportunities.
The Aurora Public School East Side District #131 will transform the library at Simmons Middle School from an underutilized space to a 21st century learning commons. Library staff will conduct focus groups with students and teachers about the library redesign and the reimagined library service model to help create a sense of ownership in the process. Staff will visit other local learning commons and participate in professional development opportunities. Library staff and classroom teachers will collaborate on instructional programs and professional learning communities. The library will also reconfigure the space with more functional furniture and a more collaborative layout, develop a more flexible schedule for library use during the school day, and extend library hours beyond the school day.
The Regional School Unit 63 will provide library services and programs for all students in collaborative, flexible, and inviting spaces in two elementary schools and one middle school. A new part-time library assistant will help update the three libraries by organizing the collections, reconfiguring the space with more flexible, personalized, and student-centered learning areas, and establishing new library classes for all students. The library media specialist will collaborate with classroom teachers to enhance the student learning and provide classes to the students. The library staff will also add programs and clubs based on student interests. These will be offered during school hours and out-of-school time.
The Fort Benton Schools School District 1 will develop a makerspace in the Fort Benton High School library. The library will also develop activities and after-school programs to engage students in innovative, problem-solving activities in a learner-centric environment. The library will work with stakeholders to solicit input on the design of the space. Once the space is updated, the library will host an open house for the community, students, and staff to experience the new space and equipment. The district will host a series of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) design and robotics challenges for students throughout the year. They will also open the space outside of traditional school hours and offer summer programs focused on STEAM fields, robotics, creative innovation, and free play. The new makerspace and associated programs will support the development of 21st century skills and literacies for Fort Benton High school students.
The Osage County Interlocal Cooperative will transform the school library into an inquiry-based learning and resource hub to prepare students for the future. Library media specialists will participate in professional development on inquiry-based methods and collaborate with classroom teachers to develop lesson plans. The library will partner with the public library to provide access to additional resources. The library media specialists will create a collaborative space by overhauling the layout and furnishings, replacing outdated computers, opening the library beyond school hours, and hosting family literacy nights and other programs.
The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe will create a series of cohesive digital stories using existing photos, videos, audio, and text currently stored in the tribe's digital archives. The project team will edit and index transcriptions of existing oral histories, develop short videos centered on culturally significant themes and family stories, and host a series of community screenings. These digital stories will tie together audio recordings of Elders, videos, photographs, and narration, and be made available on the tribe's House of Seven Generations website. The project preserves community memory and improves public access to the history of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and its people.