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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 primary goal is to ensure all Nevadans have access to library resources and services that meet their informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs, and help Nevada libraries solidify their roles as community educational centers, through planning, assessment, training, partnerships, institutional capacity and identifying user access needs.”
-- Jeffrey Kintop, Division Administrator, Nevada State Library, Archives, and Public Records
Nevada’s Working Capital
Through Nevada's Working Capital program, Carson City Library highlighted its role as a pivotal community resource for workforce development. The library collaborated with Western Nevada College (WNC) and the Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) to help fill a workforce training need for area manufacturers. Through this program, the Carson City Library leveraged its technology and special programs to provide training in SolidWorks engineering design software and other facets of STEM learning. Program participants obtained certification as either a Manufacturing Specialist (MS) or a Manufacturing Technician 1 (MT1). The MT1 is a portable and nationally endorsed credential that demonstrates understanding of industry-wide technical skills. Those who earn this documentation are able to demonstrate their expertise in basic and advanced manufacturing practical skills, which include manufacturing technology, math and measurement, quality and business acumen, and spatial reasoning.
IMLS Funds: $72,910
Pre-K for All: A Community Approach
The "Pre-K for All: A Community Approach" project tests the notion that public libraries are catalysts that initiate and accelerate community change. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District convened twelve anchor organizations that provide services for young children. These groups met with the objective of finding opportunities to share resources, partner and develop strategies to address the unique family conditions that exist in metro Las Vegas. The collaborative, "Raising Las Vegas," has significantly accelerated the development of a shared and aligned action plan. The plan identifies three goals: 1) raising supported and supportive families, 2) raising availability and quality of child care and early education, and 3) raising partnerships and pipelines for success. The collaborative cross-trained more than 400 early childhood workers and care center directors on infant and toddler brain and development strategies.
IMLS Funds: $95,000
Statewide Continuing Education
This project established priorities for both remote and in-person continuing education opportunities. Web-conferencing software and web-based training modules were used to deliver content directly to library staff. In-person learning opportunities were also created, through scholarships, a multiday leadership institute, and relevant workshops during the Nevada Library Association annual conference. In addition, through an opt-in pilot program, the Nevada State Library initiated a Train-the-Trainer project. This introduced 20 library directors to NCLab, an all-ages software portal through which everyone can acquire computational thinking, coding, 3D modeling, and STEM skills via game-based learning. The goal was to equip library staff with the tools to help their communities succeed in an increasingly global and digital economy. NCLab site licenses were also provided, so coding camps could be designed for the library’s summer learning programs. ALA recognized Carson City Library’s NCLab coding camp as a top ten summer program!
IMLS Funds: $73,907
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
View the IMLS funding by state report - Nevada (PDF 1.04 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).
Five-Year Plan Highlights
Goal 1: Strengthen Nevada libraries’ ability to effectively respond to community needs through training, planning, and assessment.
- Projects include:
- Support needs assessments to identify users’ information and access needs
- Fund the development of robust, user-focused library plans.
Goal 2: Encourage Nevada libraries to develop and use partnerships and collaboration to maximize user resources and services throughout the state.
- Projects include:
- Develop and extend services, resources and programming through partnerships with libraries and other organizations.
- Convene meetings to develop partnerships for libraries and related organizations.
Goal 3: Nevada libraries will provide responsive and accessible learning environments that meet the needs of all Nevada residents
- Projects include:
- Support opportunities that address diversity, inclusion, and access
- Library space reconfiguration
Goal 4: Build capacity of libraries to meet evolving information access needs.
- Projects include:
- Provide training in digital literacy
- Help libraries adapt to societal and technological changes
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.