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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 Utah State Library is committed to increasing literacy in Utah by moving libraries forward, and the Grants to States program is a key part of that goal. We support innovative projects that enhance the quality of life for Utah’s people.”
-- Colleen Eggett, State Librarian, Utah State Library
Community Collections and Connections
Uintah County Library expanded its book delivery and literacy program in Whiterocks, Utah. The project served at-risk children in remote areas of Uintah County and the Ute Indian Reservation. A children's librarian traveled to Whiterocks, where she held an after-school reading program and circulated books. An average of 30 children attended the program each week. The grant funds helped purchase nearly 800 titles of popular children's books, which included a mix of novels, non-fiction, and award-winning literature. The library used this grant as a pilot project and plan to expand this service to other communities. Library staff hope the program increases both literacy and library access among children and youth in Whiterocks.
IMLS Funds: $14,805
Research to Write: School Library Media Specialists in the Classroom
With the help of a teacher, media specialist and reading specialist, students in grades 3-5 learned how to use Utah’s Online Library and research Utah’s ecosystems. Twenty-seven Chromebooks were purchased for this program. In addition to learning how to use Utah's Online Library, the students also covered Google Docs, using databases, hoax sites, and plagiarism. They learned how to cite sources, create glossaries, format their writing into a book and export/share. The students spent time revising and editing their stories. They added images found online and created dioramas to enhance their stories. The books the students wrote were added to the Regional EBook Library, and students in the six participating counties will be able to check them out. The Chromebooks will also be available for checkout. The participating librarians and teachers are planning to repeat this project in their class.
IMLS Funds: $8,965
Early Digital Literacy to Go: WeeLearn
The Salt Lake County Library System’s goals were to promote shared use of technology at home, help children ages 3-5 gain kindergarten-readiness skills in technology and early literacy, and support parents in their role as their child's first teacher. To help accomplish these goals, the library purchased 130 Playaway Launchpad tablets, preloaded with early literacy apps. The apps were pre-curated and the tablets could operate without Wi-Fi. The tablets were available for check-out at five of Salt Lake City’s 18 branches along with a tip sheet. The library also launched a text message campaign to support early literacy. Parents could opt-in to receive free text messages three times a week, with specific, actionable suggestions of activities they could do with their 3-5-year-old. The results were overwhelmingly positive. Parents reported that their children were learning through the tablets and having fun at the same time. According to survey data, not only did parents report an increase in confidence and self-esteem in their children, they also reported learning new ways to teach their children and increase their own confidence.
IMLS Funds: $20,000
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 - Utah (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 residents of Utah will have access to the quality information resources they need to succeed at school, at work, and in their daily lives.
- Projects include:
- Update and enhance collections and services of the Bookmobile Program for patrons in rural and underserved locations
- Program for the Blind and Disabled: Provide braille, audio and large print services to qualified blind, visually and print impaired, and physically disabled individuals.
- Interlibrary Loan Lender Support: Encourage resource sharing by providing funding to reimburse net lending libraries for the costs of lending materials to other libraries.
- Provide re-grants to libraries in the state of Utah.
- Provide statewide access to purchased databases, supplementing online information not available on the Internet for free.
- Provide downloadable eBooks and audiobooks to all Utah residents through access to Utah’s Online Library.
- Utah Government Digital Library: Provide online permanent public access to state publications.
- Access to State Collections: This set of activities includes the Utah State Library catalog, Book Buzz, special collections, and interlibrary loan.
Goal 2: Institutional Capacity - All residents of Utah will have convenient access to libraries and library services that are technologically advanced, efficiently operated and staffed by knowledgeable, helpful workers who employ the best professional practices.
- Projects include:
- Training to support the needs of Utah librarians from everyday tasks to new innovations.
- Create and implement a leadership institute to hone librarians’ skill sets when it comes to leadership and management.
- Keep abreast of new technology, programming and services for youth, enhancing the ability of youth services librarians to serve their patrons.
- Technology sub-grants: Directed funding and resources through grants and device lending for small/rural libraries.
- Certification/Re-certification of public libraries: Comply with annual certification process and perform a bi-annual review of standards.
- Manage the Community Library Enhancement Fund (CLEF): Manage CLEF to enhance library services specifically in collection development, technology for public use, and outreach.
- Programs for the Blind and Disabled: Provide individuals that are unable to use regular print with comparable materials in an accessible format.
- Bookmobile trucks and Headquarters Libraries: Locations will be efficiently operated and staffed by knowledgeable, helpful workers who are able to provide professional service in a clean and safe environment.
- Increase awareness of programs and resources among libraries, legislators, and the general public.
Goal 3: Lifelong Learning - All residents of Utah will have access to library resources that promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning and enhance workforce development, 21st century skills, and digital literacy.
- Projects include:
- Manage the integration of digital literacy, digital citizenship, and digital inclusion into the Utah library community.
- Utah Kids Ready to Read: A research-based parent education initiative that encourages parents and caregivers to nurture their children’s early literacy skills.
- 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: A self-paced early literacy initiative that encourages parents to visit the public library on a regular basis, check out books and to read aloud to preschool children.
- Summer Reading: This program stops the summer learning slide and fosters the love of reading.
Goal 4: Civic Engagement - All residents of Utah will expand their involvement in community life as a result of participation in community-based programs held through the library.
- Projects include:
- Public Libraries as Community Kitchens: Provide sub-grants to support gatherings in safe and neutral spaces to meet and discuss issues and create content in the academic, public, school and tribal libraries.
- Libraries Welcoming New Americans in Utah: Provide sub-grants to support creation of citizenship corners as well as local access to reliable information and competent services to answer questions related to citizenship and immigration.
- Libraries Celebrate the Diversity of Utah Residents: Provide mini-grants to assist libraries in creating opportunities to honor and highlight the contributions of a diverse community.
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.