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South Carolina

Contact Name: 
Ms. Leesa Aiken
Contact Title: 
Director
State Library Address: 
South Carolina State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 
+1 803 734 8668
Fax: 
+1 803 734 0876
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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.

Reports

“Equal access to information provides opportunity. Our fundamental goal is to provide inclusive access, which meets the needs of our diverse population in South Carolina. We are committed to developing, supporting, and sustaining a thriving community of learners, who make South Carolina stronger through innovation, collaboration, and preparation.”

-- Leesa Aiken, Director, South Carolina State Library

Project Examples

Community FM Radio Station
The Charleston County Public Library planned and created a Low Power FM radio station. The library oversaw from the project from the FCC application, to build out, to air.  The station broadcasts programming that features local music and arts. It also broadcasts local news and library events. Library staff trained community members to create their own programming for airplay.
IMLS Funds: $25,000

Young Learner’s Toolbox: Open Up to Learn and Discover
The Berkeley County Library System established a learning lab for students with language-based learning disorders. The lab’s supplemental resources encourage out-of-school learning for families with children in third grade or younger who have needs including autism, dyslexia and English as a second language.  The lab’s Young Learners’ Toolbox provides educational games, sensory activities, and a safe space where learning is conducive for both the young learner and caregiver. The lab uses a digital, hands-on approach to learning, which includes iPads and language apps. It also hosted a lecture series that addressed subjects such as First Steps and music therapy. Berkeley County School District educators also participated by connecting caregivers and available resources.
IMLS Funds: $14,129

The Forsythe Legacy
Continuing Ruby and William Forsythe’s legacy of perpetuating education, the Georgetown County Library purchased an editing suite and helped students use state-of-the-art techniques to produce videos. Classroom visits with Georgetown County Library Public Service Librarian provided students with specialized instruction. Working in groups, students wrote scripts, conducted interviews, operated equipment and created special effects. The students’ projects included archival film documenting interviews with community members and scholars related to the civic legacy of African American leaders Ruby and William Forsythe.  Dr. Valinda Littlefield, Director of African-American Studies and Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, conducted interviews with people who shared memories of the Forsythe’s tenets and principles.  Local historian, artist, and storyteller, Zenobia Washington-Harper, ran an instructional session, and students took field trips to areas where the Forsythe’s lived and taught.
IMLS Funds: $25,000

Review recent Grants to States projects from this state library in the State Program Report database.

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

View the IMLS funding by state report - South Carolina (PDF 1.07 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: Information and library services are expanded and are made more accessible, taking advantage of collaborative and partnering opportunities whenever possible, and are aligned with documented needs of South Carolinians.

  • Projects include:
    • Grants and training for collection management
    • Reference and research training for library workers including source information
    • Collections for special populations: accessible materials in Spanish and other languages
    • Support for Bookmobile services, including sub-grants for new library vehicles
    • Promotional and marketing efforts for library services and resources.

Goal 2: Recruitment and training of library staff are improved to increase leadership and skills needed to better serve the public.

  • Projects include:
    • State library consulting services
    • Library staff development: Continuing education and targeted skills development for library professionals and paraprofessionals.
    • Sub-grants for library school tuition, conference attendance, remote, statewide, and site-specific training opportunities.
    • Public library trustee training and development
    • Leadership Programs
    • Support for library community and ebooks complementing other programs/projects as needed.
    • Library security training and emergency planning
    • Library jobs list: Online support for local library recruitment.
    • Librarian Certification Program

Goal 3: Libraries play a larger role in children’s lives, particularly children at risk, and especially in regard to reading and family literacy.

  • Projects include:
    • Summer Reading Program: Support and statewide control.
    • Support for projects that create partnerships between public and school libraries.
    • STEM and STEAM: Programs for pre-school, children and teens.
    • Technology lending programs: Gaming, green screen/video, robotics, Lego, etc.
    • Training and mentoring for public library youth services staff.
    • Literacy programs for all ages, for families, and for special populations; Family and early literacy programs. (Literacy 2030 Initiative)
    • Grandparenting resource centers: Skills training and support.

Goal 4: Access to quality library services is enhanced for people who have difficulty using a library, and to underserved urban and rural communities.

  • Projects include:
    • Technology Petting Zoo: Dedicated center for special equipment and access; site visits to public libraries.
    • Expanded Outreach: TBS readers advisory and recorded materials for the blind; Descriptive materials; expanded outreach to rural populations.
    • Provide materials for Speakers of Spanish and other languages and citizenship training.
    • Development Programs for the Incarcerated: Literacy and other skills development programs for the incarcerated; programs that help connect families with incarcerated members.

Goal 5: Library services are improved, through collaborative and partnering efforts whenever possible, for people of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, for people with disabilities, and for people with limited functional literacy.

  • Projects include:
    • Services for veterans and their families
    • Exhibits/displays for the public and library staff; community literary events.
    • Business Owner/Operator Skill-building
    • Special population training
    • Health information training and programs
    • Financial literacy programs

Goal 6: The technological environment of libraries, including linkages between libraries, is improved to enhance access to information and services.

  • Projects include:
    • Support better rural connectivity with MiFi projects and other means of boosting access to library resources.
    • SC Lends collaborative database and catalog functionality
    • Bookwhere cataloging tool
    • SCSL print collection accessible via ILL.
    • Technology training: Funding for exposure to innovations and training that increase staff and user skills in coding, maker technologies, and robotics. Technology Boot Camp for public library personnel.

Goal 7: All people in South Carolina have access to information through electronic resource sharing.

  • Projects include:
    • Discus informational databases and resources with SmartSearch technology.
    • Online Library of State Government Documents: Includes born digital and scanned historical documents; SC rare books and history materials digitized; SC Digital Library; "Digitization in a Box" travelling scanning kit.
    • Electronic materials collections: Safari Books Online, Ebrary, Indie SC eBook collection, and other electronic materials collections.
    • LSTA administration sub-grants program.
    • Statewide data collection and reporting
    • State library online communications: Includes email discussion lists, social media services, SCSL Website and Libguides and events calendars

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
May 29, 2018