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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.
"GPLS strategically allocates LSTA funds to support foundational services most desired by public libraries in Georgia. These include services in technology and broadband, statewide courier services, database subscriptions, and in developing strategic partnerships among a broad range of organizations. This strategy offers significantly greater value than could be achieved by individual libraries working independently."
-- Julie Walker, State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service
Resource Sharing – STEAM
The Georgia Public Library Services used grant funding to expand the state’s STEAM programming. The library purchased books, supplies, computers, software, and robotic equipment for students all ages. Equipment and supplies included: 3D printers, magnet kits, Little Bits, kaleidoscopes, weaving frame, ChromeBook, Ukuleles, magnets, WeDo kits, rhythm instruments, Darbuka drums, button makers, storage bins, indigo dye kits, 3D printer filament, tripods, display boards, flash drives, Lego building supplies, keyboards, headphones, cooking science supplies, WeDo , HTC Vives, laptops, Legos solar robot kits, green screen, activity table, MakerBot, HP Color LaserJet Pro, Edge SDXC, GoPro cameras, sewing machines, DVD cases, LaunchPads, K'Nex Education Sets, iPad Pros, movement scarves, wood blocks, Code-a-Pillar, oil pastels, telescopes, Raspbery Pi kits, Leapfrog readers, levitating globe, sketch pads, Lego Mindstorm, photography supplies, STEAM LaunchPads, Legos, Hydraulic claw kits, WeevilEye Kits, Microphones, Camcorder, Filabot, HPDesignJet Printer, and other materials.
IMLS Funds: $668,350
The Georgia Public Library Service sponsored five loan-based partnership programs for public libraries. The Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites ParkPass, Zoo Atlanta Family Pass, GoFish Education Center Family Pass and Center for Puppetry Arts Passports enabled libraries to offer residents new educational experiences and give them free access to hands-on learning opportunities. Through a partnership with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, hundreds of Georgia families learned how to stop wasting electricity — and save money on their electric bills — by checking out a “Kill-a-Watt” meter at their local libraries. The value of these programs in FY2016 exceeded $2,151,000.
IMLS Funds: $72,465
IT Support – Internal and External
The Georgia Public Library Service provided information security, desktop support, email, web hosting and maintenance of a file server. Externally, support takes the form of Google Chrome hosting, Technology Loaner Kits, enrollment and management, Google for Work for library staff, content creation and management of galibtech.org, and a clearinghouse for use by all libraries.
IMLS Funds: $572,653
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
View the IMLS funding by state report - Georgia (PDF) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).
Five-Year Plan Highlights
Goal 1: Serve as trusted advisers to the library community
Goal 2: Develop a supportive community for Georgia’s public libraries
Goal 3: Ensure equal access to information and technology
Goal 4: Foster a culture of learning statewide
- Projects include:
- Expand Georgia’s Public Information Network for Electronic Services.
- Resource Sharing: Grow resource sharing throughout the Georgia library system to better serve underrepresented communities
- Provide IT management
- Internal and external IT support
- Upgrade broadband and provide ongoing support
- Provide IT education and outreach
- Support the GLASS program. GLASS libraries serve over 15,000 patrons in Georgia and primarily engage Georgians who are print-impaired.
- Youth Services: Activities include early literacy programming, family reading time, summer reading programs and other activities supporting literary education in Georgia
- Continuing Education: Strengthen the skills and knowledge of Georgia’s library staff and leadership, by helping them become more technology savvy, learn current best practices and better serve the state’s diverse population.
- Community Engagement: Raise awareness of library programs and form partnerships that can help expand library services.
- Support Georgia’s Public Library Statistical Program
- Professional Library: Circulate professional materials pertinent to library and information services practitioners in Georgia.
- Administrative Services: Provide guidance, training and resources for programs
IMLS Data Collection
State Library Administrative Agency Survey
The State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Public Libraries Survey
The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from more than 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Explore state-level profiles to find and compare totals on key data such as numbers of libraries and librarians, revenue and expenditures, and collection sizes.