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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.
“Use of the Delaware Library Catalog yields data on areas of public interest, and that guides our strategies. Another source of information comes through ‘Geek the Delaware Dream,’ which asks participants what they ‘geek,’ and about their passions and dreams for themselves and their communities. Specific partnerships and programs will come from their input.”
--Annie Norman, State Librarian and Director, Delaware Division of Libraries
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.
Delaware Libraries: We Geek the Delaware Dream
The Delaware Division of Libraries launched the Delaware Libraries: We Geek the Delaware Dream initiative to help Delawareans realize their dreams for the future and to position public libraries as change agents in their communities. Together with partners, they facilitated community conversations at six public libraries throughout the state and then provided learning opportunities and community collaborations based on what they learned. Participants shared their dreams for themselves and their families, for their community, for the state, and for their library, which were sorted by Dewey Decimal categories and are being used to develop new programs and partnerships. This project builds from the strengths of the Delaware Libraries Community Resources Exchange, which brings social service organizations, agencies, and public libraries together as partners, as well as from Delaware’s more general Geek the Library campaign, which increased awareness of the overall value of Delaware’s public libraries.
IMLS Funds: $49,190
Delaware Library Catalog
Through the Delaware Library Catalog, the Delaware Division of Libraries provides seamless, statewide access to books and other resources, accessible by all Delawareans. The Delaware Library Catalog includes over 2.5 million items and encompasses all 33 public libraries, two bookmobiles, four Delaware Technical and Community College libraries, as well as academic, school and special libraries across the state. This single statewide integrated library system (ILS) allows participating libraries to streamline processes and access books, e-books, databases, emerging technologies and other resources statewide. Registered borrowers comprise more than 60 percent of the state’s estimated population, and the service is one example of how libraries continue to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots.
IMLS Funds: $726,407
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
- Support book discussion groups for all ages and the use of social media to share reading experiences.
- Support adult library users in all the library offerings we have throughout the state, in print and electronic formats.
- Support a summer reading program, targeted to young learners, and continue our participation in the national Collaborative Summer Library Program.
- Support online homework help services and related resources for our students.
General Services and Initiatives
- Back efforts that support greater efficiency in the provision of library services throughout the state.
- Expand access to information in a variety of formats in all types of libraries for individuals of all ages.
Access to E-Resources
- Enhance electronic and other linkages and improve coordination among and between libraries.
- Expand our e-content.
- Improve the Delaware Library Catalog and our interlibrary loan capacity.
- Support and improve Ask a Librarian Delaware.
Economic and Employment Development
- Ensure the continuation of the Job Center @ Delaware Libraries program to enhance workforce development activities.
- Support the Job/Learning Labs initiative that focuses specifically on the needs of the unemployed, with training for creating a resume, conducting an online job search, and learning interview skills.
- Support staff development through our Library Assistant Learning Institute.
- Continue to support the study and implementation of measures that improve the efficiencies of our internal processes and enhance our ability to direct our attention to additional services for the public.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Focus on serving the needs of the blind and physically handicapped through carefully considering the options for special electronic equipment and programs.
- Consider extending our services to homebound individuals.
Health and Social Services Information
- Continue to support the Delaware Library Community Resources Exchange (CRE), an initiative through which our libraries coordinate information from over 152 non-profit organizations and public agencies that serve people in need. The themes are divided as follows:
- “Basic Needs” addresses housing, food, utilities, clothing, transportation and financial literacy.
- “Children and Families” works on early literacy, counseling, parent training, and stress management.
- “Employability” covers adult education, literacy, immigration, naturalization, and job placement.
- “Health” includes wellness, mental health, disability, and aging.
- “Miscellaneous” attends to recreation, senior services, volunteerism, and legal aid.
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 Delaware's profile (PDF, 346 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.