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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.”
--Oklahoma Department of Libraries
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.
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries created a website portal to support the network of 44 libraries in the state that have videoconferencing systems or high-speed broadband. The Okconnect.org website provides tools to help citizens locate libraries with videoconferencing equipment for meetings or personal use. Okconnect libraries also have the increased bandwidth to provide Oklahomans with faster Internet service and greater access to resources. The website includes an events calendar and provides library managers a central place to collaborate on projects related to teleconferencing and e-learning. It includes a curated set of online resources related to e-government, health, career-building, job-seeking and educational endeavors. These reflect topics of classes and other interactive virtual events that Okconnect libraries have partnered with local entities to deliver. By offering top-grade videoconferencing services and high-speed broadband, the Okconnect website makes libraries more visible as community assets.
IMLS Funds: $142,000
Literacy Tracking System
The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) used grant funds to continue the development of a web-based literacy tracking system. The new tool will replace a 13-year-old system used by ODL and approximately 30 local literacy programs to collect and report data. The aggregated data will include metrics such as student progress, numbers served, and hours of instruction provided. Project leads plan to submit this data to the Oklahoma legislature and include it in funding requests and statewide data reporting. The new system will include a redesigned navigation tool, pages that meet the State of Oklahoma's Web Accessibility Standards, an application developed with open architecture and navigation to enable future add-on functionality, a restructured reporting module, and a dynamic calendar display function. It will ultimately help the ODL’s Literacy Resource Office measure literacy statewide.
IMLS Funds: $13,332
Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:
- Oklahoma Department of Libraries' Immigration and Citizenship Services project: Oklahoma Libraries as a Gateway to Citizenship
- Oklahoma Department of Libraries' and Literacy Resource Office's Celebrating the Journey project: Adults Celebrate Learning with Stories About Literacy
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
General Services and Initiatives
- Oklahomans of all ages at risk due to educational, economic, physical, and social conditions will find resources and opportunities at their libraries for acquiring basic information skills.
- Offer computer literacy courses to give Oklahomans the opportunity to realize the many benefits computers offer and encourage adoption of computer use at home.
- Educational opportunities via videoconferencing/webcast for distance learning will include:
- Online college courses.
- Continuing education/professional certification courses.
- Expanded/enhanced K-12 curriculum programs.
Access to E-Resources
- Accelerate the move from print to online content by evaluating the possibility of joining a larger purchasing unit with the publicly funded academic libraries and/or national consortium.
- Increase the availability of high-quality information in digital format.
- Develop online library resources on Oklahoma culture and history to supplement educational requirements, facilitate learning, and preserve state and community historic content.
- Form digital partnerships with museums and archives and all types of libraries to coordinate and promote digital collections statewide and to enable participation in national digital collections.
Economic and Employment Development
- Local libraries will actively use videoconferencing equipment to provide job skills training and enable online interviews.
- Local libraries will offer access to basic communication tools, such as e-mail, virtual phone numbers, and voicemail services, so that users can be reached in multiple formats by prospective employers.
- Local libraries will actively use videoconferencing equipment to allow small businesses to communicate globally with users and partners.
- Healthcare workers will use videoconferencing as a means of continuing education/staying current in their professional fields.
- Ensure that library staff has the skills, knowledge, and resources to meet the education, information, research, economic, cultural, and civic needs of the individuals in their communities.
Marketing and Market Research
- Encourage and actively market distance learning opportunities through videoconferencing to empower Oklahomans in rural areas to participate in online education available anywhere in the state or the world.
- Provide reliable electronic access to high-quality information resources and services through enhancing libraries’ technology capabilities.
- Form partnerships with other agencies, foundations, and the private sector to support libraries as strong community anchors that present cultural opportunities for the public.
Access to Government Information
- Encourage the use of tax software and offer online and in-person training on filing taxes online and filling out other online government forms.
- Form partnerships with other agencies, foundations, and the private sector to support libraries as strong community anchors that enhance civic engagement and economic vitality.
- Identify and form partnerships with other agencies that have intersecting priorities and expertise and develop ways to work together to solve community-wide problems and challenges.
- Provide continuing education opportunities for literacy volunteers and literacy program administrators.
Special Services for Special Needs
- Increase use of library services by Oklahomans whose primary language is not English or those who come from diverse geographical, cultural, or socioeconomic backgrounds by training staff, supporting increased resources, and encouraging cooperation with community groups and agencies.
- Provide consultation to state institution libraries as well as the purchase of books.
Health and Social Services Information
- Encourage patron attendance at videoconferences that feature national medical specialists discussing areas of special interest.
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.