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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.
“We’ll advance the five literacies—the skills to find basic information, and civic/social, digital literacy, health, and financial information. For efficiency, we’ll use statewide services when possible to address common needs. We’ll encourage directed, small subgrants, both because they are effective and for the excellent outcome data they generate.”
--Kendall F. Wiggin, State Librarian, Connecticut State Library
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. For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.
Connecticut’s research engine, iCONN, serves as the gateway to information services for Connecticut residents and offers specialized web resources and databases unavailable to commercial search engines. The statewide library catalog, reQuest, is integrated in iCONN and allows users to retrieve holdings information from all libraries statewide with a single search. Library card barcodes and global IP offer 24/7 access to iCONN, and users can arrange directly for interlibrary loans. During the project period, the value of all iCONN databases to local communities exceeded $32 million, while the cost to provide both iCONN and the statewide library catalog was approximately $2.1 million, through a combination of state and LSTA funding. The service also saves considerable library staff time in negotiating license fees, issuing purchase orders, setting up public access to library website resources, troubleshooting technical issues, and training for both staff and the public.
IMLS Funds: $408,720
All Aboard! Playgroup
The Booth and Dimock Memorial Library responded to its community’s need for a location where families with children with disabilities could find accessible collections, programs, technology, and staff. They undertook a community needs assessment to better understand how the library could realistically serve this need. Their response, All Aboard! A Library for Children of All Abilities, honed in on four objectives: collection development in a in a wide variety of formats; inclusive, welcoming programming for children of all abilities and their caregivers; inclusive technology and software; and library staff training. The library used universal design principles to carry out these objectives and ultimately filled a community-wide gap for inclusive technology. Following a training seminar, 90 percent of staff members reported that their skills in interacting with children with disabilities and their families increased by at least 80 percent.
IMLS Funds: $11,011
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- Projects from Connecticut's Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Connecticut State Library, Ferguson Library, and Hartford Public Library: Connecting the (LSTA) Dots in Connecticut
- Connecticut State Library's Remembering World War One project: Remembering World War One: A Community Centered Approach to Commemoration
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
- Support the academic progress of children with summer reading programs, including participation in the national Summer Reading Program on behalf of Connecticut libraries.
- Develop and provide programmatic and/or directed grants for underserved populations that promote literacy, education, lifelong learning, 21st century skills, and all digital literacy skills. Targeted programs and audiences are young children for the Every Child Ready to Read pre-literacy program, the Older Adults Program, the Services for Persons with Disabilities program, and the Multilingual Populations program.
Access to E-Resources
- Provide reliable, high-quality library and information resources through a robust statewide database program (iCONN), statewide catalog and interlibrary loan (ReQuest) and access to digital repositories (Treasures of Connecticut Libraries).
- Integrate free e-books/e-content whenever possible and explore statewide e-book collections.
- Develop and implement a Small Library Websites initiative to assist libraries in having an adequate web presence.
- Provide a statewide delivery system for library materials (Ccar).
Economic and Employment Development
- Increase libraries’ capability of implementing activities and providing resources related to workforce development by providing the necessary tools for staff, including program support.
- Employ a variety of training and professional development opportunities, including online events (e.g., webinars, online classes, web conferences), and professional collections to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services.
- Increase libraries’ capability of implementing activities and providing resources related to workforce development by providing the necessary tools for continuing education.
- Provide individualized topical consultations to libraries, library organizations, and library consortia.
- Increase libraries’ capability of implementing activities and providing resources related to workforce development by providing the necessary tools, including the appropriate technological infrastructure.
- Promote technological innovation statewide.
- Encourage libraries to partner and collaborate locally, across towns, and/or regionally with each other and with community-based organizations and agencies.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Support the informational needs of individuals with disabilities through the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
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. Read Connecticut's profile (PDF, 346 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.