Library Development


Library Development provides leadership, grants, and other assistance to Nevada's libraries, archives, and literacy communities to improve services for all Nevadans.  The program supports general consulting for development of programs and facilities; administers funds for improvement of services; conducts on-site visits; writes proposals and collaborates with local, state and federal agencies to develop and implement programs; collects, compiles and disseminates statistics; supports training opportunties for local staff and trustees; publishes directories; newsletters, plans and brochures; and facilitates statewide planning efforts.

    Library Services & Technology Act

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supports libraries in Nevada through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records.  LSTA funds are intended to help libraries develop their central roles in the community and are used to promote imporvements in services to the users of all types of libraries.  In addition, LSTA funds are targeted for statewide library services and support of a wide array of library programs.

      State Council on Libraries and Literacy

      The Nevada State Council on Libraries and Literacy has advocated for libraries in Nevada for 48 years.  In 1993 the State Council on Libaries and the Governor's Literacy Coalition Advisory Council merged to form the State Council on Libraries and Literacy (NRS 380A.011).  The SCLL serves as the advisory council for the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records with regard to its many responsibilities relating to libraries and literacy in the State of Nevada.

        Nevada Center for the Book

        The Nevada Center for the Book supports the efforts of non-profit state, county, and local literacy improvement programs for Nevadans, including libraries, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and statewide reading programs.  The Center's literacy services take a highly collaborative approach to accomplishing its goals, recognizing the importance of state and local partners in attaining those goals and objectives.

          Continuing Education

          Advances in information technology and expanding library user expectations require continuous education.  The statewide continuing education program works collaboratively with Nevada libraries to address the need for continuous library education through planned, coordinated and varied statewide continuing education programs to hone staff expertise, foster professional development, empower library trustees, broaden public awareness and ultimately improve library services.

            Library Directory and Statistics

            The Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) publishes directories that include Nevada academic, public, school, and special libraries as well as local literacy programs.  The Institue of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) and the US Census Bureau conducts a Public Libraries Survey (PLS) annually administered in Nevada by NSLAPR. The data is published on the NSLAPR website and submitted to IMLS for compilation and distribution at the national level.

              Nevada State Collection Development

              Public libraries and the services they offer are a basic need in life.  In rural Nevada, they often serve as the only means of obtaining educational and recreational materials.  Nevada's public libraries receive collection development funds from the state legislature which are allocated as identified in NRS 378.087.

                Nevada Statewide Digital Initiative

                Nevada is rich in resources housed in its libraries, archives, museums, historical repositories, special collections, and state and local government agencies.  The Nevada Statewide Digital Inititiave supports increasing access to the collections held by Nevada's cultural heritage institutions' through digital access to materials by residents of Nevada and scholars and researchers interested in Nevada's culture and history.

                  Nevada Statewide Databases

                  The Nevada Statewide Database Project provides access to high quality, reliable electronic information and resources to all residents of Nevada.  Regardless of demographic location or socioeconomic status, Nevadans are guaranteed access to quality information in a wide variety of subjects and formats, through their local public library, free of charge.  Students have access to the same resources through their local school library or university/college library free of charge.