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Illinois State Library will purchase "Spectra Kits" that contain technologies that help library staff interact with and provide services to patrons who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The kits will be available for in-library use and will be circulated to nearly 4,000 Illinois libraries of all types. This project will give patrons with ASD the ability to experiment with assistive technology in the library setting, ultimately placing the library as provider. The project will be made up of various kits containing different innovative technologies and various social robots like the Jibo or Aisoy, along with iPads with ASD related apps. A series of in-depth webinars will be provided to Illinois librarians to demonstrate how to use the kits with individuals impacted by ASD and will also demonstrate the effectiveness of these technologies in creating inclusive environments for their communities.
To help solve this issue of Internet and computer access for low-income students, the Springfield Technical Community College Library proposes to launch the STCC to Go program. The library will pilot lending Chromebooks and mobile Internet hotspots to students. These units will circulate for a limited time period among students, allowing them access to both the equipment and the Internet necessary to conduct research, complete assignments, and take exams wherever and whenever needed. Knowledge is increasingly produced and consumed digitally; this is especially true in an academic setting, where textbooks, reference resources, and entire classes are online. Many public libraries have explored lending hotspots; this project will explore how these models can be adapted to community college settings.
Bates College will develop the Diverse Children's Picture Book Resource Hub, an online collection building tool to assist librarians in selecting materials that better reflect and serve their local communities. The project team will develop a lexicon mapped to existing Library of Congress subject headings so that librarians can easily identify titles depicting racial and ethnic diversity. This project responds to the need for library collections to better represent shifting demographics as the population of the United States becomes increasingly diverse.
The State Library of Ohio will develop and pilot Libraries by the Numbers, a lightweight data visualization with libraries across the state of Ohio. This web-based tool will enable public libraries to create customized infographics based on their own unique library statistics collected for the Public Library Survey. With these graphics, public libraries across the state will be able to share their statistics in an easy to understand format to aid their staff, boards and the public in developing stronger library services.
Gwinnett County Public Library will develop "Homegrown Gwinnett," a community gardening initiative. The library will experiment with the use of space saving aeroponic tower gardens across its fifteen branches. The project has the dual benefits of providing STEM learning opportunities for library patrons as well as providing fresh produce for area food banks, leveraging local partnerships and reinforcing the library's role as a community anchor organization.
Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will work with consultants Data Curation Experts (DCE) to develop additional linked data functionalities for the widely-used Hydra repository platform, lowering barriers to linked data implementation for institutions using Hydra. The project will develop open-source code to incorporate existing name authority databases into Hydra's default metadata template. Catalogers will be able to see linked data vocabulary terms using an autocomplete function within the Creator field of Hydra's metadata template, reducing the time and expertise required for institutions to implement linked data functionality. The project will initially support the name authorities found in VIAF and FAST, but will also allow for easy future integration of additional linked data vocabularies.
The University of Wisconsin (UW) will build, document, and test two portable, shippable equipment kits, one to digitize at-risk audio and video formats commonly held in cultural heritage institutions, and the other to perform data rescue from common obsolete digital storage media. The kits could be used by institutions without in-house equipment, as well as to provide hands-on experience to online LIS students. The project will produce detailed written and video documentation on building and using the kits to allow other institutions to replicate the model. The kits and documentation will be tested at UW's School of Library and Information Studies, as well as with partner organizations across Wisconsin.
The Seminole County Public Library S.T.E.a.M. (Seminole Teens Empower and Mentor) program is aimed at empowering twenty Central Florida teen girls to become future leaders in STEM fields. Girls are underrepresented in STEM fields and there is significant evidence that they are unengaged in subjects like math and science that support these fields. S.T.E.a.M will link teen mentors with tween (ages 8-12 years old) mentees for projects utilizing STEM principals during weekly sessions on topics including Lego mazes, fiber crafts, movie-making, circuitry and tinkering, coding and 3d printing, food crafts and solar ovens, and other topics. At the end of the program, the girls will provide feedback on their favorite programs and give recommendations about future library programming as well as develop and pitch their own STEM program ideas for implementation at multiple library branches.
McDaniel College, in partnership with four other small academic institutions of higher education in Maryland and Pennsylvania, will test new approaches to information literacy and assessment methodologies. The project is informed by the recent Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, issued by Association of College and Research Libraries in 2015, and targets meeting the needs of at-risk first-year students. Project resources will be shared with other institutions through the development of a toolkit. Partner institutions include Goucher College, Ursinus College, Washington College and Washington & Jefferson College.
To enrich the lives of Denver adults experiencing homelessness and poverty, Denver Public Library will develop ten months of programming that targets creativity, encourages empathy, and facilitates connections with the broader community. Inspired by research-based creative therapies, Sunrise Programs will include storytelling through writing, and sharing; art creation and discussion; knitting workshops; interactive theatre and movement classes; and share sessions. Denver Public Library staff will also host a monthly Coffee & Conversation session to talk with homeless customers one-on-one and learn their stories. The Sunrise Programs project design plans for an average of ten programs per month for ten months with a goal of averaging ten participants per weekly or monthly program and 50-100 participants at each share session for a total of 1,700 participants. Community resource specialists will also strive to make three to five new contacts at each event and encourage the use of appointments and walk-in assistance.
The Azusa City Library will develop a unique library-led, community-driven program called Grassroots ESL through collaboration and partnering with organizations to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction throughout the community. Community partners are Neighborhood Homework House, Rosedale Community, Community HousingWorks, Dalton Elementary School, Lee Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Gladstone Street Elementary School and the Azusa City Library. The partners will: 1) identify and document the current relationships and structure of Grassroots ESL - both as envisioned and as actually practiced, 2) collectively describe what the goal of equal ownership would look like, 3) identify the barriers to achieving that goal, and 4) create and implement a plan of activities to make that change. Throughout the project, the library will document the experience to produce a guide for other libraries to replicate this unique model of community-wide programming.
Brooklyn Public Library will expand its popular Teacher Lab professional development workshop series into an outreach program with national reach, focused on improving educators' research skills and introducing them to how library resources might be integrated into their classrooms. Participating educators have the opportunity to earn professional development credits for participation in the program. This grant will expand professional development opportunities locally, provide online access to Teacher Lab course, and develop resources for other libraries looking to establish teacher engagement programs.
The Georgia Tech Library will pilot a new program to integrate and assess the benefit of integrating librarians and artists in the course planning process at STEM-oriented academic institutions. Librarians, artists, faculty, and community members will collaborate to design interdisciplinary projects encouraging tactile learning that are relevant to course objectives with a special emphasis on student engagement, holistic educational experiences, and building effective communication skills. Georgia Tech will share the instructional methods utilized, including lesson plans and educational resources, so that the project can be adopted and adapted for use on other campuses.
The Shimberg Health Science Library at the University of South Florida and its partners will develop a mental health literacy (MHL) services program that will benefit residents of a local drug treatment center in the Tampa Bay Area. In addition to their issues with addiction, many women in the program are economically disadvantaged, inadequately educated, and victims of abuse. Increasing an individual's mental health literacy can increase knowledge about mental disorders, which aids in the recognition, management, or prevention of the disorders. Project deliverables will include a MHL model to deliver basic information; a bibliography of MHL resources; an intervention services model for MHL; and an MHL interview template for use by medical librarians and other information professionals.
Baltimore County Public Library will be cultivating economic and entrepreneurial skills throughout Baltimore County by opening a Center of Excellence for Business in its Towson Branch. Grant funds will be used to plan and launch a series of economic forums that will consist of presentations and panel discussions on investing and interest rates; grant writing; minority business opportunities; and youth leadership and entrepreneurship. Live remote access to the forums will be provided to customers at several branches through UStream technology. Baltimore County Public Library will work with its partners to evaluate this programming and track changes in unemployment rates and small businesses in Baltimore County; this information will be disseminated through presentations and publications for other communities to adapt.
The Scottsdale Public Library will develop a series of participatory arts-based maker workshops for senior adults to promote the health and well-being of residents and to engender a greater sense of engagement with the library. As institutions of lifelong learning, libraries must rethink their programming for senior adults in terms of both frequency and content. Informed by best practices set forth by the Center for Creative Aging, the library will test a variety of programming opportunities using a variety of media to assess their popularity with seniors and the feasibility for use in library settings in terms of cost and staffing.