On Feb. 25-26, library leaders from around the United States will convene in Washington DC to advocate for continued funding for our nation's libraries. The delegation will meet with their Congressional delegates to advocate for robust grant funding and nationwide initiatives (workforce development, broadband access, etc.) designed to better the lives of our diverse communities.
The Nevada State Council on libraries and Literacy is pleased to present the 2018 Report to the Governor and the Legislature. It may seem unusual to begin a letter such as this by talking about a new set of tires and a clutch replacement. Well, thanks to the passage of SB 549 during the last legislative session the Elko-Lander-Eureka bookmobile was able to make these repairs to their bookmobile, which resulted in a safer operating vehicle. This is just one example of the impact SB549 had in supporting libraries in every corner of the state, as you will see in this report.
This report also reflects the diverse ways libraries are keeping relevant, resilient, adapting to change and forging new and expanded community partnerships . This is in part due to the federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) funds that flow into the state as well as partnerships formed with community organizations. One example of this synergy in action is the embedding of southern Nevada Workforce Connections One Stop Career Centers in the 4 library districts in the Vegas Valley. To complement this natural Library=Jobs endeavor, the state library has funded access for these sites to the Nevada Career Explorer, an interactive online career coaching and exploration platform emphasizing in-demand occupations vital to Nevada’s economic growth. The leadership of the Las Vegas Clark County Library District, Henderson Libraries, North Las Vegas Library District, and Boulder City has been a key to the One Stop/Nevada Career Explorer success.
Laura Bush once referred to libraries as “community treasure chests”. We welcome your continued support for these “Nevada treasure chests” that will give them the tools and resources they need to remain relevant and to flourish.
State Council on Libraries & Literacy
By the numbers
Elected officials have long recognized that libraries, as trusted community centers, are essential to building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, thriving societies and can help advance critical community priorities; this graph highlights prime areas of opportunity for library/local government collaborations. The Role of Libraries in Advancing Community Goals
Nevada’s libraries are trusted and pivotal community partners; local, state, and federal agencies recognize this by consistently appropriating library funding into their budgets funding. The legislature appropriates funds to support local funding for public library collections, rural bookmobiles, and online research and educational databases. Collections and Rural Bookmobile funds are distributed through formula driven pass through grants, while databases are purchased on behalf of all libraries using the state’s considerable buying power. In addition, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supports libraries in Nevada through the population based federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) state award. The Nevada State Library administers this grant, using it to advance statewide library priorities as well as subgranting a portion to eligible libraries. Leveraged with local funds (a match is required), libraries use LSTA as seed money to develop sustainable projects and provide effective and agile solutions to community needs.
Coding, or computer programming, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing in the 21st century. Learning to code means learning how to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively. To support this new and vital literacy, the Nevada State Library has partnered with NCLab, a Reno-based technology company, to 1) provide all public libraries with access to NCLab’s web-based, all-ages, computer programming and 3D modeling courses, and 2) create a series of in-person and asynchronous Train-the Trainer coding workshops for frontline library staff. Thanks to this initiative, most of Nevada’s public libraries now able to offer quality outcome-based coding classes, camps, and clubs.
According to MIT professor Mitchel Resnick, coding is a gateway to broader learning. “When you learn to read, you can then read to learn. And it’s the same thing with coding: If you learn to code, you can code to learn.”
Over 100,000 Nevadans have a visual or mobility disability that prevents them from reading or holding printed books. For these residents, the State Library supports Nevada Talking Book Services (NVTB), a library for the blind. NVTB provides books and magazines in audio and braille as well as specialized playback equipment that has been tailored to the needs of the visually impaired. Providing equitable access to information is a founding principal of public library services and NVTB does just that, sharing the gift of reading with visually impaired patrons in all situations and environments, whether at home, a care facility, or even the state prison. Talking Books patrons often share with staff how much enjoyment, quality of life, and personal enrichment the program brings to them!
“Just wanted to express my heartfelt thanks for the wonderful books that you sent to my husband. He spent many hours of enjoyment with your books. He was himself an author…and an avid reader, so he especially enjoyed receiving the cassettes and listening to them after he had lost his eyesight.”
“I want to thank you for your service. I will no longer need your service, however, as I am expiring my sentence and leaving Nevada…You have no idea how much I appreciated what your service has made possible for me.”
“You all add great joy to my life.”
“Thank you for being in my life.”
“Thank you for the many years I have received the Talking Books; they have been a lifesaver.”
“Thank you so much for providing so many hours of comfort…”
“Thank you for the use of this player. It was an honor to use it.”
“Thank you for your commitment to youth and their families…”
Nevada Talking Books Services -By the numbers*:
New patrons: 768
Youngest patron: 5
Oldest Patron: 109
Books checkout out: 230,654.
New books added: 21,572 individual titles
Books recorded for the Nevada Collection (and added to the national site): 53
Phone calls and reference questions: 10,000/year.
*2017 & 2018
The Elko, Humboldt, and Lincoln County Bookmobiles visit some of the most rural and isolated communities in the state; through local agreements, they also visit residents in Lander, Eureka, Pershing, and White Pine Counties. All seven of these counties are among the top 100 geographically largest in the United States; with vast tracts of open land and miles of highway between towns and even between neighbors, they also have among the lowest of population densities. Rural Bookmobiles go a long way in bridging these miles with stops at daycares, schools, parks, general stores, the post office, ranches, senior care facilities, honor camps, and "wide spots in the road" such as rural mailboxes. As miniature mobile libraries, rural bookmobiles bring a unifying sense of community and connection to rural Nevadans through the sharing books, information, entertainment, and knowledge.
By the numbers
Rural Bookmobiles 3
Bookmobile Stops 44
Bookmobile Visitors 15,401
Number of Rural Counties 7
Total County Square Miles 62,044
Population density 1.5 person/square mile
Makes an appropriation to the Division of State Library, Archives and Public Records of the Department of Administration for certain projects, services and technology. For more information on how SB549 helped Nevada's libraries, see infographic at left.
The state’s philosophy is that all libraries should provide core basic library services; if the local funding is strained, then the State will assist Nevada public libraries in providing a well-rounded, complete, and current collection of books and information for their communities. Thus, State Collection Development grants were created during the 1995 legislative session. Initially they were for rural libraries but by the next session, the scope was expanded to include all eligible public libraries. Grants are distributed using an equitable funding formula to ensure libraries with smaller funding bases have the support they need. Libraries use this money to either to build up core collections , such as children’s nonfiction, invest in the newer digital/streaming formats, or even buy circulation art collections!
Note: Libraries may not use Collection Development grants to reduce or replace local funding.
We have a growing audience of ebook and e-audio users who may never visit the library. Some have told staff that they will not come into the library to get physical materials, even if they have to wait on hold lists for the electronic copies to become available. They greatly appreciate having their wait times shortened for the popular titles they want. (Henderson)
... we received a lot of patron comments, compliments, and gratitude in regard to the updated collection. They found the titles more readily interested them or met their needs. Also, we were more likely to have a title on hand that they could check-out during their visit versus requesting the required materials from other library systems. (Elko)
The audio books have helped patrons who have decreased eyesight and who want to enjoy books and also those who are traveling frequently are able to listen to their favorites while driving. (Lincoln)
State Collection Development Biennium Allocations By the Numbers*
ABC-CLIO History/Government Resources, Learning Express Library Test Preparation, World Book Online, EBSCO Research Databases, and Nevada Career Explorer.
Libraries have always collected and provided accurate, reliable, and trustworthy information resources that support education, learning, and life goals for their communities, at every age and every stage. One way in which the state assists is by funding online digital resources (databases) that are not available for free anywhere on the internet. These databases support school curriculum as well as workplace attainment and advancement. In 2018, with support from both federal LSTA and state SB 549, the state obtained a new database resource: the Nevada Career Explorer. The Nevada Career Explorer is an online platform that highlights the most in-demand occupations vital to Nevada’s economic growth and matches users’ skills and interests to their ideal careers and employers that are hiring
The Nevada Career Explorer has been rolled out as a demonstration project in the Vegas Valley libraries that have partnered with Nevada Workforce Connections to host One Stop Career Centers (aka the employment office): Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, (LVCCLD), Henderson Libraries, Boulder City Library, and the North Las Vegas Library District. LVCCLD has One-Stop Centers in four of their branches, and has also brought the Nevada Career Explorer into local area high schools. Churchill County Library in the north is piloting the project to see how this career database will succeed in libraries without One Stops.
The Council has advocated for libraries in Nevada for 51 years, since creation in 1965. In 1993 the State Council on Libraries and the Governor’s Literacy Coalition Advisory Council merged to form the State Council on Libraries and Literacy Council (SCLL). Today the SCLL serves as the advisory council for the State Library, Archives, and Public Records (NSLAPR) with regard to its many responsibilities relating to libraries and literacy in the State of Nevada.
To foster and further the establishment and proper maintenance of superior libraries and literacy programs. To promote the acquisition of resources, facilities, professional staffs and auxiliary personnel fully to support library & literacy services.
Powers & Duties, NRS 380A.81
The Council may:
1. Examine and overview the whole state of libraries, librarianship, library education, library resources, and all allied and cognate activities and prepare a record of its findings.
2. Require public libraries to provide necessary library statistics and reports and to make recommendations from the advancement of libraries.
3. Report biennially to the Governor and Legislature. The report must be filed on or before January 1 of each odd-numbered year.
4. Publish material pertaining to its work that it may order issued.
5. Review plans and applications submitted by libraries and political subdivisions for state grants-in-aid and make recommendations to the State Library, Archives, and Public Records Administrator concerning approval.
6. Examine and evaluate the programs for literacy in this State.
7. Establish a plan for coordinating programs and activities for promoting and increasing literacy in this State.
Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and extended reality (XR), are making a global impact on the ways in which we learn, work, and relate to life. These interactive, immersive platforms make it possible for the user to experience anything, at any time, in any place. Nevada’s libraries have always been leaders in introducing emerging technologies to the public; with appropriations from SB 549, the State Library has created the Nevada XR Libraries pilot program, providing virtual reality equipment and quality extended reality experiences to library patrons, students, and teachers. Initially, 11 public and high school libraries were accepted into the pilot program; 2019 will see participation from an additional 4 libraries and 1 planetarium! Parallel to the XR Libraries pilot is the Libraries = Education sub-initiative. In Libraries = Education, High School XR librarians are collaborating with their school’s science teachers to integrate educational XR content into classroom curriculum.
Note: XR is not just a fun new toy, it has real world applications for people of all abilities. Nevada Talking Books staff are researching ways in which visually impaired can participate and benefit from XR. Through the use of virtual reality programs, a Churchill School District speech pathologist has seen a huge leap in his student’s progress at school and at home
The Nevada State Library has presented ongoing results from the XR Libraries pilot to librarians across the country, including at the national American Library Association conference; it has also created the first ever library catalog records for extended reality content, making XR experiences findable to libraries everywhere in the world.
“We’ve got new technology that will help students learn in a new, exciting way.” Holly McPherson, Churchill County High School Library
“Teachers saw the potential for classroom and educational use. I would definitely incorporate XR in the future.” Ananda Campbell, Carson City High School Library.
Early and Family Literacy
The first five years are critical to children's development and Nevada’s libraries are there to help nurture curious young minds. Libraries offer welcoming spaces and a wide range of programs that emphasize the social, emotional, core motor skills children need for reading and school success. Libraries can also provide a space for parental support networks, connecting families to community health and educational resources as well as each other.
On the horizon is a Nevada State Library early and family literacy pilot initiative, a flexible and community driven model that will complement existing library programs while at the same time bringing in the expertise and support of state, local, and non-profit early and family literacy partner organizations - stay tuned for more information!
By the numbers: Early Childhood Education
2018 Children’s Programs: 15,569*
2018 Children’s Attendance: 400,848*
*Institute of Museums and Libraries
**Source: National Institute for Early Education Resource
Early Literacy Projects throughout Nevada:
1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Washoe, Boulder City, Henderson, LVCCLD
Bilingual Storytimes: Carson City, Lyon County, Humboldt County
Baby/Family Storytimes: Pahrump, LVCCLD, Washoe, Elko, Humboldt, North Las Vegas
Launchpad Early Learning Stations: Henderson, Pershing
AWE Early Literacy tablets to support school readiness and digital literacy for the youngest patrons: Pershing, Mineral, White Pine, Amargosa, Churchill, Douglas, LVCCLD, Elko, Henderson, Washoe
Raising Las Vegas/Mind in the Making: LVCCLD
Learn and Play Kits: North Las Vegas
Family Reading Program: Carson City, Churchill, Elko, Humboldt
MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON
Governor's proposed budget
$1.5 Million Permanent Nevada State Library Funding for:
March 6, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Representatives from Nevada’s libraries will be showcasing all the amazing programs and services we offer to our legislators! We’ll be highlighting our real-life adventures with virtual and extended reality, as well as promoting our progress in workforce development. The Humboldt County Library will drive their bookmobile down from Winnemucca to further illustrate the very real ways we’re reaching beyond our walls to serve our communities.
March 27, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM Same plan as the March 6 event.