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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.
“Partnerships will keep us within budget without sacrificing services. Examples of resource sharing include statewide catalog maintenance and database offerings, and consolidating ‘Talking Books’ under the state library. Online conferences and staff training will help meet the challenge posed by rapid changes in the digital world.”
--Anne Craig, Director, Illinois 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.
Crawford Adult Learning Partners
The Robinson Public Library District in partnership with Crawford Adult Learning Partners trained 110 volunteer literacy tutors and matched them with adult learners in the community. As a result, the literacy skills of 41 adult basic education students and nine English language learners improved by an average of over two grade levels, some adult learners achieved their GED, and some unemployed participants obtained jobs. The project also extended training to eligible inmates at the Robinson Correctional Center who then tutored fellow inmates and improved the literacy skills of 183 incarcerated peers. As a result of the training and tutoring, 36 inmates received Associate degrees from a nearby community college, allowing them a better opportunity to thrive upon return to their communities.
IMLS Funds: $33,600
Serving Your Public: The 2013 Small Public Library Management Institute
The University of Illinois Springfield hosted a six-day institute in June 2013 for 50 public library directors. The week-long immersive educational event focused on delivering library services, recognizing the local needs of communities across Illinois, and developing programs, especially in small public libraries. Agenda highlights included the value of partnerships with community organizations, annual budget development, disaster planning and emergency preparedness, preparing and approving policies with library boards, strategic and long range planning, and a roundtable session with Illinois State Library staff. Those who attended enhanced their leadership and community-building skills and are now working to directly serve library patrons and benefit their communities with a variety of innovative program ideas.
IMLS Funds: $82,000
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- Illinois State Library’s Thinking Outside the Borders project (in partnership with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) Librarians Learning to Think Outside the Borders
- Lincoln Trail Libraries System’s PolyTalk project: Lincoln Trail’s PolyTalk Program Speaks Many Languages
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
- Support initiatives that build a culture of reading, including book discussion groups, for senior citizens, college students, home-schooled students, and adult learners.
- Invest in projects that encourage innovation and test new ideas on how best to use our libraries’ resources to meet the needs of new immigrants and individuals with low literacy levels.
- Support learning for children, teens, and adults through library initiatives that address reading skills.
- Support learning for children, teens, and adults through library initiatives that address digital literacy skills.
General Services and Initiatives
- Support efforts to provide quality content and information, whether tangible or virtual, through our libraries.
Access to E-Resources
- Support access to repositories that meet the needs of library users such as the Illinois Digital Archives.
- Support efforts to provide reliable and responsive access to information through sharing library resources, including our cataloging, interlibrary loan system, and the delivery of materials between libraries.
Economic and Employment Development
- Provide access to resources that meet the unique information needs of job seekers.
- Provide access to resources that meet the unique information needs of local businesses.
- Seek best practices and innovations in library services and programs and share them with all libraries in the state.
- Use resources to develop knowledgeable library staff and leadership.
- Offer opportunities to individuals to share their stories, histories and opinions, and make them available to their communities.
- Plan to support activities that bring people of diverse cultures together as families.
- Support partnerships that create opportunities to collaborate on issues for the public good, such as disaster planning and preparedness.
- Support the shared videoconferencing network to encourage collaboration among libraries and potential partners in their communities.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Support services, including assistive technology, that meet the special needs of people who have difficulty using their libraries.
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 Illiniois's profile (PDF, 345 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.