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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.
“Building and refining our Michigan e-Library resources will be a priority, including ensuring easy access to information and providing interfaces for mobile devices. We’ll assist in job seeking and training and in improving literacy and computer skills. An emphasis on community engagement will lead our libraries to seek partnerships in these efforts.”
--Randy Riley, State Librarian, Library of Michigan
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.
Equitable Access to Information
Database access purchased for the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) offered state residents a core set of information tools to use free of charge at their local libraries or via the Internet anywhere, anytime. With something for nearly every information need, this access meant opportunities for Michigan citizens to advance and enhance their lives as workers, students, citizens, family members, and lifelong learners. The databases include full-text articles, abstracts, electronic versions of reference books, and other formats that allow academic, school, and public libraries to offer consistent, quality materials to their patrons. Some of the databases offered geoauthentication by recognizing the physical location of the patron’s IP address and allowing direct access to Michiganders without a login screen. Other databases authenticated via a local library card number or a state driver's license number.
IMLS Funds: $2,308,500
Improving Online Access in Rural Communities
The Library of Michigan continued its membership in the Plinkit Collaborative to provide modern, robust websites that are easy for libraries to update when they are unable to develop their own. The project was primarily targeted to Class I, II, and III public libraries, which are in communities of up to 4,000, 7,000, and 12,000 people, respectively. Many of these small public libraries lack the staff knowledge or budget to develop their own websites, yet communities rely on their libraries to provide web-based information resources. The project allows librarians to use a template-based website creation toolkit to easily provide these services and ultimately spend their time on other community needs. By the end of the project period, 122 communities had Plinkit-based library websites. As part of the project, a Library of Michigan staff member provided training and support to participating libraries, and several participating library staff served as support trainers.
IMLS Funds: $28,232
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- Howell Carnegie District Library’s Library Biz Connect project: Library Helps Local Businesses
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
- Libraries will publicize and work with schools to get the word out about summer reading programs for children and teens in their communities. The programs’ objective is to maintain or increase literacy, using traditional and online formats.
- Infants and children through second grade, especially from underserved populations, will have access to emergent literacy programs through the statewide Michigan Reads! One State, One Children’s Book program.
- Library users will have access to online training and tips for the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) and government resources through tutorials and videos.
Access to E-Resources
- Teachers in public and private schools will find curriculum material and teaching support through the Michigan Online Resources for Educators (M.O.R.E.) and MeL’s K-12 specific resources.
- Software for MeLCat, the statewide resource sharing catalog, will be maintained to provide consistent access to materials for residents.
- Statewide database subscriptions and portals will be maintained to ensure consistent, stable access to digital materials.
- Access to digitized historical materials will be provided through continued support of the MeL Michigana Collection.
Economic and Employment Development
- Libraries will assist job seekers and students by offering training and access to online vocational and educational training.
- Libraries will promote MeL business databases and portals to local businesses and entrepreneurs.
- Libraries will have access to information and training on workforce development services and materials.
- Libraries participating in the Public Libraries Interface Kit (Plinkit) program, through which Michigan joins five other states in providing an easy-to-learn and easy-to-update website template for small and rural libraries, will have access to skill building sites and materials for their communities.
- Librarians will have access to training for the MeL resources that they can then use to train their library patrons.
- Librarians will receive training on cutting edge issues in library services through statewide workshops.
- Libraries will learn to evaluate and improve services through voluntary state public library and school media center benchmarks.
- Statewide databases will be made more accessible to users through the discovery software.
- Community libraries needing affordable Internet access will have E-Rate training and support.
- Statewide training and partnerships will allow more public libraries to have fast, stable Internet access through participation in broadband initiatives.
- Small and rural libraries will have access to a full professional library conference through the biennial Rural Libraries Conference.
- MeLCat system improvements will be reviewed and implemented to allow users to request materials with a mobile device.
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 Michigan's profile (PDF, 344 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.