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Osage County Interlocal Cooperative proposes to transform the Hominy Public School Library into an inquiry-based learning and resource hub to prepare students for the future. Library media specialists will participate in professional development opportunities on inquiry-based methods and collaborate with classroom teachers, counselors, and administrators to identify open educational resources, develop cross-curricular lessons, and identify courses for credit to meet the academic needs of every student. The library will increase access and use of information by purchasing new digital equipment to replace outdated computers, extending library hours before and after school and during the summer, making computers and hotspots available for students to check out, and hosting family literacy nights. The library will also create collaborative space with new furnishings and space layout.
Moore Free Library Association will engage the neighboring towns of Newfane and Brookline to collect local residents' stories in response to the community identifying the need to collect and share community stories. This project will inform the two communities' shared narrative and build connections among the 2,100+ individuals that reside in the towns. Stories will be archived, indexed using open source tool Omeka, and made accessible through the library's new website. Moore Free Library will collaborate with the Historical Society of Windham County, Senior Solutions and Brattleboro Area Hospice, Vermont Folklife Center, and a corps of dedicated volunteers.
Great Falls Public Schools will transform the library at North Middle School from an underused space to a 21st century collaborative learning commons. Library staff will conduct focus groups with students, teachers, and administrators about the library redesign and the reimagined library service model to help create a sense of ownership in the process. Librarians will also visit other newly renovated library spaces before reconfiguring their space. The collaborative space will include more functional furniture, new technology, and a Makerspace. The librarians will coordinate with the PTA to hold events for parents to ensure their engagement. Library staff will engage in professional development opportunities and share their learnings with teachers and administration in ongoing professional learning sessions on inquiry-based learning and standards-based teaching.
The Pennsylvania Horticulture Society McLean Library will support the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of Philadelphia's community gardens histories to curtail the loss of an important part of city history. As neighborhoods shift and stewardship of gardens change, histories and stories that reflect the historical and social significance of the gardens are fading. The McLean Library has been engaged with community gardeners for nearly four decades. Building on this long-standing relationship, in collaboration with community gardeners, the library will develop a series of digital preservation and archiving workshops to support local gardeners in the preservation of garden histories, artifacts, and related narratives. Content created by local gardeners will be shared via the Smithsonian Gardens Community of Gardens digital archive.
Lakeview Community Library will implement community digitization services and rich programming to reconnect the community to its vanishing dairy farm and agricultural history. Lakeview Community Library will partner with several organizations and neighboring communities, including Random Lake Historical Society, community newspaper The Sounder, and Random Lake High School to train and provide technical assistance to community members to collect and digitize personal and community narratives and materials. The library will also use activities such as daytrips to neighboring communities' historical societies, community scan days, and lectures to build the capacity of library staff and community members to capture and preserve local stories and memories in their rapidly changing community.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College proposes to create a semester-long laptop loan program for first-generation college students who demonstrate the greatest need through an application process. Forty students will be selected each spring and fall semester beginning spring 2021. Twenty students are expected during summer terms. The grant funded project will recruit a final cohort in August 2022. A total of 200 first-generation students are projected to be served. Reynolds will further work to close the digital divide by providing three technology workshops per semester to every student who borrows a laptop. These workshops will demonstrate the basics of laptop operation as well as give a short primer on the software the students will need to be successful in their courses.
Wahluke School District will develop a Culturally Relevant Learning Commons for Wahluke High School and transform the currently unused library space into a learning commons. A recent survey informed the decision to focus on culturally relevant teaching and the design will be further honed through a series of focus groups with teachers and students. Librarians will provide instructional support to teachers on inquiry-based and culturally relevant teaching methods. Library hours will also be expanded to include time before and after school. The learning commons will include new technology and resources, flexible furniture, and collaborative spaces to support multi-modal communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Belfast Free Library will facilitate conversations that engage a broader cross-section of the community in ongoing discussions about climate change to ensure that all voices and views are heard. Using best practices from citizen science, climate change communications, and civic engagement, Belfast Free Library and Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) seek to document and archive diverse ideas, perspectives, priorities, and aspirations on climate change from Belfast citizens. The archive will be housed and made accessible on the GMRI Ecosystem Investigation Network that supports local citizen science efforts. Information gleaned from the project will be used to inform local decision-making and planning in response to climate change, as well as represent the community's collective memory on a critical issue.
The Edith Memorial Library will document and disseminate the agricultural history of the craft beverage industry in the Finger Lakes region of New York to document how the industry emerged and transformed Seneca and Schuyler County. The project will chronicle the legislative, economic, and agricultural history through personal narratives and community storytelling to document the important role of the industry plays in the community. Interviews, roundtable discussions, exhibitions, and podcasts will be used to capture and engage the community in the 40+ year history of this growing industry. Oral histories and related ephemera will be made accessible via New York Heritage, a state archival portal.
Briar Cliff University will support repurposing a small, low-use lounging area in Bishop Mueller Library for use as a video recording center for faculty to prepare teaching content for delivery in online courses and students to produce academic projects. This project's primary goal is to enhance library spaces and technology infrastructure for Content Creation-Based Learning. The physical deliverable will be the Digital Media Creation Studio, a 9 by 16 foot (144 sq. ft.) One Button Studio space housed on Level 1 of the Bishop Mueller Library. This new space will allow students, faculty, and staff to record a quality HD video with the touch of a single button, without any prior production experience.
Neuse Regional Library System will develop the Gateways to STEM program by offering STEM programming after school and during summer months to grade school children in rural areas of the library's region. The project will support the development and implementation of STEM programming led by a fully qualified STEM educator with a focus on reading and early literacy that will help combat the "summer slide" or deterioration in literacy skills of students during off months. The program will also increase exposure to new technologies such as virtual reality, 3D modeling, and coding for students in areas where other opportunities for exposure to these technologies are not present.
The Inter American University of Puerto Rico proposes to transform the CDIN Laboratory School library into to a learning hub focused on STEM learning. This updated center will provide 7th and 8th grade students with learning opportunities to grow their problem-solving skills, engage in critical thinking, and learn digital, information, and media literacies. The school librarian will add more flexible, personalized, and student-centered learning areas to the library space along with new technology. The school librarian will also establish partnerships with other information centers and STEM businesses to develop workshops for the students, bring in STEM experts to talk to the students, and provide coaching and mentoring for the students.
Brooklyn Center Community Schools District will transform the district's elementary and secondary school libraries into 21st century learning hubs. Library staff will form an advisory group of stakeholders, conduct surveys and focus groups with students, teachers, families, and community members, and visit local Learning Labs to help inform the project. Staff will reconfigure the space with more functional furniture and a more collaborative layout. In order to serve students outside of traditional school hours, library staff will develop a laptop check-out and WiFi hotspot lending program, extend library hours before and after school, and hold a monthly community event.
Twin Lakes Library System will partner with Georgia College and State University to intentionally and sensitively document the oral history of Central State Hospital, which was once the largest mental health hospital in the world. Twin Lakes Library System will assemble an advisory board of former hospital staff, patients, and community members to help guide the collection of stories from community members affiliated with the hospital. The library will also sponsor statewide harvest days to digitize Central State Hospital materials from individuals' personal archives. Interviews and materials will be integrated into an exhibit that will travel across Georgia to educate individuals about this little-known state history and destigmatize mental health.
The City of Aniak Library will engage community members around two recently donated collections: an Aniak history-genealogy archive informed by U.S. Census records and a photo archive reflecting the City's history from 1943–1970 to include voices that were not often included in documentation of the city's history. Aniak, a remote community of approximately 500 residents, has been the subject of research and histories written by outsiders. Through a series of programs and digitization workshops, community members-especially elders-will be encouraged to share personal narratives and artifacts related to the periods covered by these collections. The inclusion of local materials and stories ensures that Native Alaskan narratives are represented in the local history.