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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.
“We support the pursuit of learning, the development of an informed citizenry, and the preservation, promotion of historical, cultural and public records. We will also continue to provide service to the Government and people of the United States Virgin Islands.”
--Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums
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.
Virgin Islands Automated Library System Project
This project extended library and information services throughout the Territory by strengthening the Virgin Islands Automated Library System (VIALS). An upgraded integrated library system (ILS) catalog and database replaced one that was more than 20 years old. The new ILS allowed better tailoring of products to the individualized needs of its users. It has also enabled improved circulation operations and the consolidation of cataloging services throughout the Territory. It has facilitated strategically targeted collection development.
IMLS Funds: $59,702
Governor’s Summer Reading Program/EBooks Initiative
The Governor’s Summer Reading Program is a partnership of the Virgin Islands Public Libraries, the Office of the Governor, and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH). The intention is to stimulate voluntary reading by children to improve reading proficiency and comprehension. The Office of the Governor provided basic funding for patron access to e-books through the library system, and for the LBPH expansion of electronic offerings for its special needs community. The Governor’s Program challenged young readers to expand their accomplishments by offering tangible incentives and rewards for those who checked out traditional and electronic books. Over 5,000 print and electronic materials were circulated over the eight weeks of the project.
IMLS Funds: $10,388
Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.
Five-Year Plan Highlights
- Provide library services that enhance lifelong learning by enriching and expanding the Virgin Islands Library collections.
- Review the practical functioning and capabilities of the Virgin Islands Automated Library System (VIALS), and continue to upgrade and expand its scope.
- Strengthen the Virgin Islands and Caribbean-focused special research collections by reviving the now-dormant micrographics and digital imaging program of the primary newspaper serials published in the Territory.
- With the assistance of expert consulting, identify and establish quantitative and qualitative data gathering protocols, outcome measurement strategies, and reporting criteria for monitoring, evaluating, and improving public library services, programs, and projects.
Marketing and Market Research
- Enhance awareness of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums’ library programs, services, needs and capabilities, and foster community participation and collaboration in initiatives of mutual interest.
- Improve the connectivity and technology that supports VIALS by leveraging the impact of the Virgin Islands Broadband Initiative with the subsidized funding offered by the E-Rate program, thereby expanding and improving library services through greater use of technology, e-resources, and collaborations.
- Establish Citizens’ Advisory Boards to advise the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, through its Territorial Director, on designated library problems or programs.
- Maintain existing local, regional, national, and international collaborative program relationships, activities, and communications to support mutual leadership and advocacy initiatives.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Continue to collaborate with the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to support the library and information needs of those who cannot use traditional library materials.
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.