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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.
“Our demographics set the challenge. Our large urban libraries may serve 100,000, and community libraries may serve 500 or 1,000. We want to make sure that all residents have access to excellent information, including vital records and official reports of local interest. Robust digital resources and access are priorities.”
--New Hampshire State Library
MakerPlay Lending Library
The MakerPlay program circulated educational toys and tools to public libraries throughout the state to promote active learning, imagination, and creativity. The program contained something for all ages, from activity centers for toddlers, to programmable robots for child-parent competitions, to a new 3D printer. Technology Resources Librarian (TRL) managed the program, and it was facilitated by the statewide interlibrary loan van service. The MakerPlay program brought the maker movement to public libraries in a way that overcame the challenges of space, staff time, and funding limitations. This program was heavily used by libraries that lack funding for maker equipment. It was also used by libraries with stronger budgets as a way of trying out new tools before investing in them.
IMLS Funds: $8,585.28
Technology Resources for Public Librarians
The New Hampshire State Library (NHSL) provided consultations, training, and general technology support to the state’s public librarians through a dedicated Technology Resources Librarian (TRL). The TRL trained staff on creating a digital archive of historical content and provided workshops on using genealogy databases, technology, and the EBSCO periodical database. She consulted with seven new librarians to provide an overview of the technology services provided by the NHSL. She also assisted librarians focused on digitizing historical materials for a statewide web portal. The consultation, training and technology initiatives provided by the TRL gave public librarians the skills to meet the changing technology needs in their communities. Qualitative data demonstrate that the knowledge librarians gained by attending training sessions and workshops has improved their technology skills, awareness and forward thinking.
IMLS Funds: $25,755.82
Kids, Books, and the Arts Summer Reading Program
Since 1994, Kids, Books and the Arts (KBA) has been a cooperative project of the New Hampshire State Library and CHILIS, the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire. The KBA program encourages art programming in communities, introduces library audiences to new art forms and helps libraries promote their summer reading program. Nearly 80 New Hampshire libraries received a grant to bring an artist to a summer reading program event. At the Kids, Books and the Arts showcase, librarians saw all participating artists present a brief version of their summer reading performances. The KBA project helped libraries forge partnerships with other community groups such as park and recreation departments, public schools and daycares.
IMLS Funds: $6,000.00
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 - New Hampshire (PDF 1.04 MB) with additional information about all IMLS funding for this state (FY 2011 – FY 2016).
Five-Year Plan Highlights
Goal 1: Equity of Access - Increase the equity of access to library and information services for New Hampshire residents of all abilities and backgrounds by providing resource sharing, electronic resources, and continuing access to historic materials through direct services as well as coordination of linkages among and between libraries and partnerships with other agencies and organizations.
- Projects include:
- Statewide union catalog (NHU-PAC)
- Transportation system for interlibrary loan materials between libraries
- New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium (NHDB)
- Digital archive of born-digital state government publications
- Open source ILS solution for small libraries
- NH Talking Books Services for residents who are physically unable to see, handle or process printed materials
- Online databases for all types of libraries through NHewLink
- Digitization and preservation of New Hampshire historical printed materials
Goal 2: Equity of Service - Increase the equity of service to New Hampshire residents by providing professional development resources and opportunities to librarians throughout the state so that they can learn about best practices and library initiatives that will help them better serve their constituents, especially children, older residents, and rural populations.
- Projects include:
- Center for the Book programs
- Outreach at conferences, meetings, and events for statewide library services
- Collection of public library statistics
- Help desk to support statewide cataloging and interlibrary loan (NH Automated Information System - NHAIS)
- Development of conferences for librarians
- Professional development for the library workforce
- Consultations and trainings for library personnel
- Statewide literacy projects, including the summer reading program
Goal 3: Equity of Innovation - Inspire lifelong learning and advance the equity of innovative services and programming by developing projects for use by the state’s libraries, including scalable pilot projects, to anticipate and meet the changing needs of New Hampshire’s residents for library services and information.
- Projects include:
- Infrastructure support for digitizing and sharing local collections
- Seed funding to introduce innovative technologies
- Online tutorials and other technology assistance resources
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.