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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 New Jersey State Library is committed to ensuring that the people of the state have full and equitable access to information and services, and abundant opportunities to learn and create. We support the capacity of New Jersey’s libraries to contribute to this vision through our statewide investments in technological infrastructure and expertise, online electronic resources and resource sharing, and our support of the state’s Talking Book and Braille Center.”
--Mary Chute, State Librarian, New Jersey 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.
New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center
The New Jersey State Library – Talking Book and Braille Center (NJSL TBBC) provides library services to the state’s print disabled population, which includes any resident who cannot see the words in a book or hold a book due to a visual or physical condition. During the project period NJSL TBBC served 9,935 individual registered library customers and 538 institutional deposit accounts, circulated 317,231 physical items, and logged 76,666 items downloaded from the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) database. NJSL TBBC activities are enhanced through partnerships with the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. NJSL TBBC also works closely with New Jersey schools and public libraries to serve this special population.
IMLS Funds: $1,324,222
Statewide Technology Support Services
JerseyConnect is the statewide technology services organization and network infrastructure delivered through the state library. JerseyConnect builds on the Hub Libraries program, which was established in 1998 to provide low cost Internet access and related services to public libraries in New Jersey. Launched in February of 2006, JerseyConnect features next-generation infrastructure and services that allow for improved support of the core services previously provided through the Hub Libraries program. It positions public libraries to take advantage of new and emerging technologies while enjoying reliable core Internet connectivity and related services. Free services available to all New Jersey libraries include: web hosting services, full service email hosting and management, email spam and virus filtering, cloud storage, domain name hosting, and consultation on technology projects. Connected libraries can also receive: high speed Internet access, router management and replacement service, real-time and historical bandwidth reporting, full service firewall management, virtual server hosting for integrated library systems, and device and circuit monitoring.
IMLS Funds: $461,485
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
General Services and Initiatives
- Library users will find resources at their libraries that are relevant to their lives and that enable them to achieve their educational, occupational, and recreational goals.
- Depending on the availability of funding, support statewide literacy initiatives, including the Summer Reading Program, with special attention to serving at-risk children and a large foreign-born population whose skills in English need improvement.
- Library users will be able to locate and access information in all formats that is relevant to their lives and that enable them to achieve their educational, occupational, and recreational goals.
Access to E-Resources
- Provide statewide access to databases that are selected carefully to meet library users’ needs for homework help, job-seeking, and improved language skills, among others.
- Support ongoing efforts to provide library users with access to collections held by libraries throughout the state.
- Depending on the availability of funding, launch new digitization and preservation initiatives to give library users access to these resources.
Economic and Employment Development
- Library users will gain new information and skills and apply them to increase their personal economic success.
- Provide assistance that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of library staff and other operational resources to ensure that the public receives maximum value from its investment in library services.
- Work on staff development and leadership training to meet the challenges related to less staffing at many libraries, the need to stay current about new technology and meet patrons’ requests for learning how to use what is available to them, working effectively with non-English speaking populations, an providing effective help to patrons who are seeking employment.
- Provide statewide technology support according to regional and local needs, and based on careful study. Some areas of the state do not have affordable access to broadband Internet service and smaller libraries lack adequate IT staff/support.
- Plan to develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations to expand programs offered by libraries that match the interests and needs of library users.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Support the Talking Book and Braille Center to serve individuals who are unable to use traditional print resources, thereby providing access to their lifelong learning needs and improving their quality of life.
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 New Jersey's profile (PDF, 345 KB) from the most recent PLS publication.