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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.
“The national economic downturn was felt early in Nevada, and we had to adjust quickly to changing community needs. Collaboration with other agencies, such as the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Education, was of great practical help locally. We’ll build on this experience.”
--Nevada State Library and Archives
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.
Sierra Nevada College’s Prim Library engaged students and the Incline Village community in a reading initiative that offered enriching activities around the book, The Things They Carried. The grant funded copies of the book for the college and public library and author talks at the college and local high school. Events designed for a variety of interests and age levels, including formal book discussions and author talks, increased understanding of the themes and topics related to the selected book, which was set during the Vietnam War. The programs engaged the many military veterans of the area whose experiences ranged from the Korean War to current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the book selection struck a chord with them and other residents. The main presentation by author Tim O’Brien attracted a large and varied audience of approximately 400, one of the largest turnouts at the college in recent years. The variety of scheduled events led to broad participation and common conversations.
IMLS Funds: $23,000
Documenting the African-American Experience in Las Vegas
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) established a collaborative oral history program for the African-American community in Las Vegas, including an online portal providing 24/7 access to oral histories, photographs, audio and video. To this end, it created and later expanded an African American Community Advisory Board whose members had outstanding knowledge of the culture and history of the African American community in Las Vegas. They met five times during the grant period to help plan town hall meetings, identify individuals to be interviewed, and share collections worth exploring. The West Las Vegas Library of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District held three town hall meetings throughout the project as an opportunity to scan and collect attendees’ historical materials. Over 40 new oral histories were collected and added to the digital collection after transcription and preparation. Materials were selected from 26 collections in three repositories – the UNLV Libraries Special Collections, Nevada State Museum, and PBS.
IMLS Funds: $87,000
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- Henderson District Public Libraries’ Bright Beginnings project: Bringing Books and Literacy to the People
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
- Expand and enhance libraries’ ability to meet the spectrum of learning and information needs of their communities.
- Develop programs and resources to reach the underserved and challenged populations.
- Support reading and literacy programming for all ages in Nevada libraries, including summer reading programs and Center for the Book, as well as special celebrations such as El Día de Los Niños.
- Develop technology and information literacy initiatives to meet community and individual needs.
Access to E-Resources
- Support online resources and services to extend and enhance information access to all Nevada communities.
Economic and Employment Development
- Support the libraries’ role in workforce development at the community level.
Marketing and Market Research
- Provide training and support for needs assessments at local, regional, and statewide levels that identify the information and access needs of library users.
- Fund the development of robust, user-focused library facilities plans.
- Develop and extend services, resources and programming through partnerships with libraries and other organizations and agencies.
- Convene regional and statewide meetings to develop partnership and collaborative opportunities for various types of libraries and other organizations.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Support the Nevada Talking Books program for persons with visual or physical disabilities.
Health and Social Services Information
- Provide materials and programs that offer reliable information about maintaining good health.
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 Nevada's profile (PDF, 345 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.