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Contact Name: 
Mr. Rodney G. Wagner
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State Library Address: 
Nebraska Library Commission
1200 N Street, Suite 120 The Atrium
Lincoln, NE 68508-2023
+1 402 471 4001
+1 402 471 2083
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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.


“Our top priority: Digital literacy efforts, in response to public needs for online access to educational, employment, and personal informational resources. Staff training in e-resources and devices is essential to these efforts. We’ll also continue to work with children and teens to encourage a love of reading.”
-- Nebraska Library Commission

Project Examples

The Nebraska Library Commission purchases subscriptions for NebraskAccess.  This service offers free, 24/7 access to websites selected by librarians, full text government publications and Nebraska historical resources. NebraskAccess also provides Nebraska residents with premium databases containing thousands of full text popular magazine and journal articles, primary source documents, genealogical, health, legal, small business, and science resources, reading recommendations, and research resources for K-12 students.
IMLS Funds: $133,490

Technology Innovation
This grant funded the hiring of a technology innovation librarian, who can help the library describe and demonstrate technology hardware and software. This librarian was available for personal and group consultations and served as a resource for staff. Ongoing projects include “Big Talk from Small Libraries,” an eight-hour online conference held each February featuring library staff from around the country; Basic Skills modules on technology; and e-reader device workshops. Among the topics covered in presentations during the past year are 3D printing, makerspaces, cloud storage, virtual reality/augmented reality, and WordPress. The librarian also provides on-going advice and consulting on technology for library applications, as well as regular technology presentations via webinars, conferences and training sessions.
IMLS Funds: $56,021

Statewide Library Improvement Service
The statewide Library Improvement Services grant provided assistance to libraries of all types and in planning, implementing and managing library services. It partly encompasses the work of the continuing education coordinator and works closely with all directors of the state’s four regional library systems. The project also provides advice and training on the e-rate application process and weekly webinars p for library personnel.
IMLS Funds: $162,215

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.

View the IMLS funding by state report - Nebraska (PDF 1.04 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: All Nebraskans will benefit from lifelong learning and cultural enrichment delivered through their library programs and services.

  • Projects include:
    • NLC will provide Nebraskans improved access to physical and digital resources
    • Provide economy-of-scale purchasing for services for Nebraska libraries
    • Talking book and braille services
    • Explore ways to expand programming for Nebraska’s underserved population
    • Library programming for children and young adults
    • Provide training and delivery of information to Nebraska residents
    • Provide statewide reference services, reading enrichment and cultural literacy
    • Nebraska Center for the Book

Goal 2: Library staff and supporters will have the tools and skills to provide and sustain needed programs and services to their target audiences.

  • Projects include:
    • Conduct research for libraries to support their services
    • Administer guidelines for public libraries
    • Train library staff on current and emerging technologies
    • Create and maintain database of support materials and presenters
    • Install and maintain broadband Internet
    • Support Pioneer Consortium and other library automation
    • Recruit new librarians
    • Provide continuing education to library staff and leadership
    • Consulting services for library directors, staff and board members
    • Initiate partnerships that can help improve library services

Goal 3: The Nebraska Library Commission promotes library services statewide and collaborates with libraries to effectively market their programs, their services, and their value to the community.

  • Projects include:
    • Promote Nebraska’s libraries to state residents
    • Train library staff in marketing skills
    • Create promotional materials to help libraries communicate their services
    • Experiment with social media marketing

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.

Content last reviewed on
March 13, 2018