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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.
“Improving literacy at all ages remains a high priority. Technology will be the means for statewide initiatives that support education, workforce development, and knowledge of our cultural heritage. We’ll increase broadband speed and add videoconferencing services for patrons’ job-seeking efforts and for library staff training.”
-- Susan McVey, Director, Oklahoma Department of Libraries
This project provided the funds to pay for the public libraries in Oklahoma to utilize Edge, an assessment tool that allows libraries to evaluate their public access technology. The assessment focuses on four critical areas of digital literacy: workforce development; eGovernment; education; and health. The Edge program examines the digital divide that exists in many small communities, where citizens have limited resources and libraries must serve as community anchors.
IMLS Funds: $59,225
Literacy Tracker Website
Literacy Tracker is a web-based literacy tracking system developed in phases to replace the outdated system used by Oklahoma programs. Completed after several years of development and testing, the system successfully tracks information and reading gains of adult learners. The latest phase of the project incorporated tutor and volunteer information and created new reporting capabilities. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) contracted with Oklahoma Interactive, as required by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, to develop Phase III of Literacy Tracker.
IMLS Funds: $75,683
Immigration and Citizenship
From 2000–2013, Oklahoma had one of the largest increases nationwide – 48 percent – in foreign language speakers, according to data from the 2014 American Community Survey. This grant expanded services to help immigrants to achieve citizenship. Three statewide partnerships were formed: Great Plains Literacy Council and Southern Prairie Library System of Altus; Cleveland County Literacy Program and Pioneer Library System of Norman; and Bartlesville Public Library Literacy Services and Bartlesville Public Library. These groups involved law firms, churches, community action agencies, Latino agencies and chambers of commerce to help grow awareness of the new resources. Eight libraries and one partner location created Citizenship Corners, dedicated spaces in libraries where immigrants can find information about becoming a US citizen. Achievements included: 31 new citizens, 19 applications pending, one waiting for an interview, and two waiting for the ceremony. The program served 521 immigrants from 33 countries. This included people who were interested in citizenship, but had low level English speaking and writing skills.
IMLS Funds: $86,500
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
View the IMLS funding by state report - Oklahoma (PDF 1.04 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).
Five-Year Plan Highlights
Goal 1: Information Access - All Oklahoma residents will have convenient access to quality information resources in a format that they can use to achieve their educational, occupational, and personal/recreational goals.
- Projects include:
- The E-Resources project improves access to digital resources by licensing online databases and supporting efforts to digitize valuable documents.
- The Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan (ILL) project provides Oklahoma citizens with equitable and convenient access to materials
Goal 2: Institutional Capacity - All Oklahoma residents are served by local libraries that are technologically advanced and that employ knowledgeable, community-focused staff members who incorporate the best professional practices to deliver high quality library services.
- Projects include:
- The Staff Development project provides training, support for technology that enables staff to attend professional development events remotely, and the administration of a formal certification program.
- Help libraries evaluate and improve the public access to technology and assist libraries in evaluating and upgrading their network infrastructure.
- Library Operational Efficiency project helps libraries use statistical tools to reach the residents of their communities more efficiently and effectively
Goal 3: Lifelong Learning - All Oklahoma residents have an opportunity to reach their full potential, by achieving their educational, occupational, and physical health goals and by participating in and contributing to the vitality of their communities.
- Projects include:
- Educational Support Services project promotes reading and student learning, encourages collaboration between schools and public libraries, and enhances the public library’s reputation as an educational institution.
- Literacy project promotes adult literacy and helps local literacy organizations
- Health Literacy project addresses public health concerns in Oklahoma through health literacy education, information, programming, and resources.
- Civic Engagement project works with local libraries to provide citizenship classes, conversation circles, tutoring, and other services
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.