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LSTA Projects Funded: FFY 2018 Projects Funded

2020 LSTA Projects Funded

Library Title Award Final Score
Humboldt County Library Teen Space at the Humboldt County Library $33,452 87.85
Nevada Library Cooperative Nevada Library Cooperative Gains the EDGE (Assessment) $15,000 84.69
Churchill County Library Virtual Reality Hidden Cave $74,240 84.50
Carson City Library Think Bionics! Continuous Engagement of STEAM $26,376 83.17
Washoe County School District Access to Information: Tech for WCSD Libraries $54,496 77.75
Nevada State Library Changing Spaces $39,653 76.42
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Museum Adventure Family Pass $55,000 74.00
UNR Northern Nevada Neon $62,145 70.30

 

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2019 LSTA Projects Funded

Library  Project Award
Amargosa Valley Library District Reading Programs $10,000
Beatty Library District Beatty Lifelong Learning  $5,250
Boulder City Library Year of Reading $10,000
Carson City Library Capital Makers $10,000
Churchill County Library Building Program $10,000
Churchill County High School Library Flexible Learning Center $10,000
Humboldt County Library EDGE $1,350
Henderson District Libraries Imagine, Discover, Connect Youth Programs $10,000
Humboldt County Library Book Bike $3,510
Lyon County Library Silver Stage 3D Printer $3,807
Lincoln County School District Libraries Just Keep Reading! $10,000
North Las Vegas North Las Vegas Summer Reading Program $4,500
North Las Vegas Aliante Computer Classes $5,500
Pahrump Community Library Seasonal Learning Programs $10,000
Pershing County Library Youth, Family & Adult Programming $10,000
Washoe County Library Toddler Stay & Play $10,000
Westren Nevada College Room 201 Reimagined $10,000
White Pine County Library Promote Thinking, Writing & Making $7,400
White Pine County Library Newspaper Preservation Online $2,400

 

Continuing Education $133,827
The Continuing Education project will support the professional development of Nevada’s public, academic, special, and school library staff, volunteers, and trustees.  All libraries support and advance lifelong learning opportunities for their stakeholders; school libraries are additionally tasked with supporting learning outcomes, literacy content standards, school curriculum, and student achievement for students. In order to be fully prepared for this overarching community education mission, library staff themselves need to be fully immersed in the infinite loop of lifelong learning. NSLAPR will undertake to provide the library workforce with professional development through a number of avenues, including offering CE micro grants to library entities to fund staff attendance at workshops, providing online and/or asynchronous CE courses,  posting free CE opportunities to the CE calendar and sending weekly email blasts to the CE lists, and assist the Continuing Education consultant who works closely with Nevada libraries to address local, state, and national CE best practices for 21st Century librarian-ship. CE for library staff is complementary to the library's Workforce Development initiatives. NSLAPR's goal is to ensure the library workforce has simple and accessible paths to continuous learning, which will equip them with the proper tools to be adaptable and well rounded, to understand and embrace evolving technologies, and be prepared to meet the needs of their constantly changing community landscapes.
Literacy Programs $50,000
Statewide literacy programs are meant to nurture and expand a culture of literacy and reading; reinforce, strengthen and extend the works of local libraries and literacy organizations; and help unify Nevada's book community, from author to reader, by highlighting Nevada's literary heritage and calling attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries. Literature and literacy projects undertaken by this project include Letters About Literature, a nationwide young adult literature contest to encourage reflective thinking and hone narrative/persuasive writing skills; Nevada Reads, a statewide community reads event that facilitates/promotes community connections and initiates open dialog over topical, timely, relevant subjects; the National Book Festival in Washington DC, an annual literary event that brings together authors and readers for talks, panel discussions, and book signings and where Nevada authors are highlighted in the Pavilion of States; the Las Vegas Book Festival, a celebration of the written, spoken, and illustrated word; and the Reno Literary Crawl, an exploratory event that includes writing workshops, panel discussions, art installations, and performances. In order to adapt to new circumstances, reach new audiences, and build new partnerships while still making best use of current resources and partnerships, NSLAPR has established a formal collaborative partnership with Nevada Humanities, contracting with them to assist in the deployment of statewide literacy programs.
Workforce Development $250,000
This is a proof of concept project to test elements designed to raise awareness of and support growth for the College of Southern Nevada’s (CSN) certified dialysis technician program.  Medicare requires a national certification for any dialysis care technician employed within 6 - 18 months of hire date. 21.1% of our population is dealing with kidney disease at various stages. The ability to meet growing statewide demand for a highly skilled technical workforce is possible through this uniquely focused library-as-the-linchpin proof of concept. 
     The proof of concept elements:
     For jobseekers using a public library card as the key identifier, access to strategically curated and interconnected library resources feature four elements: 
       1) 360 video about the day in the life of a dialysis technician;
       2) a virtual reality experience on one part of the dialysis process (the extracorporeal circuit); 
       3) computational learning modules aimed at fluid dynamics and data analysis and 
       4) access to these through a statewide career information database (the Nevada Career Explorer SaaS).
    The resources are seamlessly delivered to library patrons and once complete will combine to provide 21st century career coaching, and later should a patron decide to enroll in the CSN program these resources all become direct support to classroom instruction. 
Rural Bookmobiles $26,000
Financial support is provided to three rural bookmobiles through a combination of funding from the State Legislature and the LSTA program. The three county library systems in Elko, Humboldt and Lincoln counties operate bookmobiles serving some of the most rural and isolated communities in the state. This project continued operational support costs for the counties named above. Types of facilities visited: Schools, Parks, Senior Center, Assisted Living Facilities, Daycares, Private residences, Mailboxes, and side-of-the-road.
Continuing Education Scholarships $30,000
Continuing Education (CE) Micro Scholarships are meant for support training opportunities for the Nevada Library Workforce and Trustees when local funds cannot finance the entire cost. This LSTA funded statewide program will serve to enhance the knowledge and skill level of those who offer or support library services to the citizens of Nevada. Submit ONE application per CE activity. CE opportunities include (but are not limited to) regional, state, and national workshops, pre-conferences, conferences, seminars or other development programs offered by professional associations or other appropriate entities. 
Statewide Databases $554,400

The Nevada Statewide Database Project began as a demonstration program in 1999. The idea: provide no cost access to high quality, reliable, vetted information to all residents of Nevada, anytime, anywhere. It proved so successful that it was launched as a full venture in 2001 with support from the State Legislature. Twenty years later, the project continues to offer no cost access for Nevadans to authoritative, credible, and essential electronic information resources, which are not readily or freely available through web-based search engines due to copyright or publish date. This is especially important since search engine algorithms are built to deliver personalized and targeted results based on browsing history to make content more useful and useable to searchers; however, this makes unbiased information that much more difficult to obtain and communities now struggle with the resulting effects of fake news and information bias bubbles. Libraries have long used authoritative subject matter found in databases to teach and reinforce the concept of information literacy. This project will help support the costs associated with sustaining an educated and informed citizenry.

STEAM/Coding $42,000

Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners. As with other literacy skills, Nevada libraries are engaged to help the people in their communities learn the basics of coding, and not just school-age children but also preschoolers, tweens, teens, mid-career professionals, and retirees. 

NSLAPR began a pilot project with NCLab in 2015 designed to equip library staff with the tools and information they would need to address this new literacy need. NCLab software advances coding as literacy in partnership with the Department of Education's Nevada Ready 21 Initiative. Based on the success of the pilot program, we purchased site licenses for NCLab for additional libraries in 2016 and 2017. In 2018, the licensing structure was changed so that all libraries in the state were licensed and could offer unlimited access to NCLab.

Youth Services $144,250
The first five years are critical to children's development and Nevada’s libraries are there to help nurture curious young minds. As places of active learning, libraries offer welcoming spaces and provide a wide range of literacy programs that emphasize the social, emotional, and 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. In support of these libraries, the Nevada State Library will be taking a more formal and active role in producing and promoting statewide youth services and early and family literacy and providing online reading program management software for all public libraries across the state. New for this year: Youth/Early Literacy consultant will be hired, thereby more than doubling NSLAPR's institutional capacity and allowing for both a broader and deeper reach. The Youth Consultant will provide general guidance as well as in-depth consultation on Nevada’s statewide Summer Reading, storytimes, teen services and YALSA/COSLA's Transforming Teen Services nationwide initiative, Mind in the Making, and the Family Reading Program pilot.
Nevada Talking Books Services $304,413
Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) provides audio books and magazines to Nevadans of all ages who have a physical or visual handicap preventing them from reading standard print materials. No other resource, statewide, like this exists in that our entire collection is developed  or access by this population. NTBS provides the program to eligible Nevadans "That all may read."
This program circulates pleasure reading materials, similar to what one would find in a public library, to these individuals, free of charge, in formats they can use. Books are sent through the mail postage free on a daily turnaround basis to replace materials returned the previous workday, or patrons download independently at their leisure 24/7. Braille books are available through a contract with the Utah State Library. Patron can subscribe to over 60 magazine titles free in audio or braille from the National Library Service (NLS). The program also provides the players to play the audio materials as well as some accessories such as headphones, pillow speakers and breathe switches. Staff assist patrons with selection of titles over the phone, through email and in person. NTBS is the only Nevada partner of the NLS federal program; NLS provides the majority of the books and all players. NTBS also records and circulates Nevada related titles not available through NLS to add value for our Nevada patrons.

 

Information Nevada $8,000
Information Nevada is a resource sharing program that serves libraries and library patrons throughout the state. The Information Nevada project supports equitable access to information by library patrons through a statewide agreement among Nevada libraries and related institutions to provide access to their resources for all Nevadans. As one of the elements required in order to comply with the Minimum Public Library Standards for Nevada, each library signs an agreement each year stating that they agree to answer all interlibrary loan requests, loan basic materials, and provide photocopies free or at cost. To support the libraries within the program, the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) acts as the referral source for interlibrary loan (ILL) for any library in the state, and this grant request includes support for the cost of searching online systems to find and retrieve requested materials.  Another critical part of the program is providing reimbursement for postage for libraries that demonstrate need for Interlibrary Loan postage costs so that patrons of libraries with limited budgets will have access to the same services available at other Nevada libraries.
Public Library Survey $23,000

Library statistics are important because they are really about people and possibilities - not numbers. Knowing how a library's collections, services and programming have been used in the past provides a baseline for planning, policy development and decision making for the present and future. All fifty states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories report library usage statistics annually to the Public Library Survey (PLS), which has been in existence since 1989 and provides the best benchmark information available for public libraries in the United States. Nevada public libraries submit annual statistical reports to NSLAPR as part of the Minimum Public Library Standards for Nevada. In order to efficiently collect and report statistics from Nevada libraries for both the PLS and state requirement, NSLAPR has used the reporting tool Bibliostat Collect since 1999. 

New for this year wil be wifi counting software: Use of wireless access is increasing in public libraries, and use of public computers is decreasing. In order for libraries to show an accurate picture of the ways in which they are being used, they need to be able to accurately count the number of uses of wireless access. A survey of the public libraries showed that half the library systems do not have a way to count wireless use other than by doing a manual count which is inaccurate and likely results in under-counting. 

LSTA Administration $73,912
This project will partially cover the costs of administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and will include travel expenses for the State Council for Libraries and Literacy (SCLL).  The LSTA program allows a maximum of 4% of the total award to the state to manage the program in Nevada.  This amount does not fully cover the requirements administration; however, if the allotment for Nevada increases, the amount for administration will be closer to the actual costs incurred.

 

2018 LSTA Projects Funded

The mini-grant category funds projects of $10,000 or less. As with full grant applications, the projects must be sound, must have a reasonable budget, must have a good evaluation component and the library must be able to accomplish the program in the time allotted. Funding of grants is contingent on the federal monies being allocated to the state.

Library Title Award
Lyon County Library Readers, Makers, Thinkers $9,696

 

These figures are derived from the direct voting of the members of the State Council on Libraries and Literacy during the meeting held on MY 22, 2018. Individual grants are scored and each Council member assigns a numerical value to the grant.  Each grant total is then divided by the number of reviewers who voted on the project.  This produces the Final Score.   Note: some abstentions were recorded during the voting process and were factored into the scoring. Actual awards are made after the U.S. Congress finalizes the budget and the state allotments are determined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  

Library Title  Award Final Score
North Las Vegas NLV Creation Station $50,040 90.96
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Teachers in Libraries $100,000 84.23
UNLV Building the Pipelines $80,685 82.58
Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System AllCirc Disc Management Self-Checkout Expansion $27,876 81.85
Mineral County Library Imagine, Create, 3D Print $12,828 80.92
Western Nevada College WNC Library Reimagined $100,000 79.77
Pershing County Library AWE Literacy Tablets $18,945 79.15
UNR Creating Access to Paul Laxalt's Senatorial Papers $90,717 77.92
Nevada Library Cooperative NLC Strategic Planning Project $50,000 77.08
Carson City Public Library Carson City Library Planning Initiative $31,400 76.46
Henderson District Public Libraries Engaging a Community; Building a Strategy $50,000 75.00
Boulder City Library A Look into the Past Trough Microfilm $10,608 70.23

 

Statewide LSTA grants are managed by NSLAPR staff. They benefit every resident of Nevada.

Continuing Education $186,890.84

The Continuing Education project will support the professional development of Nevada’s public, academic, special, and school library staff, volunteers, and trustees.  All libraries support and advance lifelong learning opportunities for their stakeholders; school libraries are additionally tasked with supporting learning outcomes, literacy content standards, school curriculum, and student achievement for both students. In order to be fully prepared for this overarching community education mission, library staff themselves need to be fully immersed in the infinite loop of lifelong learning. NSLAPR will undertake to provide the library workforce with professional development through a number of avenues, including offering CE micro grants to library entities to fund staff attendance at workshops, providing online, asynchronous CE courses, posting free CE opportunities to the CE calendar and sending weekly email blasts to the CE lists, and creating two new positions for Continuing Education consultants. These consultants will work closely with Nevada libraries to support statewide initiatives and priorities (NCLab, databases, VR, early literacy, trustee training, etc); address local, state, and national CE best practices for 21st Century librarian-ship and ensure competencies that are core to the field. NSLAPR's goal is to ensure the library workforce has simple and accessible paths to continuous learning, which will equip them with the proper tools to be adaptable and well rounded, to understand and embrace evolving technologies, and be prepared to meet the needs of their constantly changing community landscapes.

Information Nevada $8,000
The Information Nevada project supports equitable access to information by library patrons statewide.  The Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) coordinates resource sharing for libraries and library users throughout the state via Inter-Library Loan and document delivery.  Another critical part of the program is to provide support for postage for libraries that demonstrate need for Inter-library Loan (ILL) return postage costs.
Statewide Bookmobile Support $26,000

The Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) provides support to the bookmobiles in Elko, Humboldt and Lincoln counties through a combination of funding from the State Legislature and the LSTA program. These three county library systems operate bookmobiles that serve some of the most rural and isolated communities in the state. This project continues operational support costs for the named counties.

Nevada has large rural areas and two large urban centers. All counties within the state have public library service; however, because of the distance, not all residents are able to go to a library on a regular basis. The use of bookmobiles allows these residents access to library materials and information resources even though they may be a great distance from a community with a library. The three bookmobiles receive a portion of their operational costs from State funds and serve residents in 7 rural counties – Pershing, Humboldt, Lander, Eureka, Elko, White Pine and Lincoln.

This is a continuing program that supplements the State and local support for these bookmobiles that serve the isolated areas of the state. The State funding for the bookmobiles is set for the next fiscal year, and LSTA funding is still needed to supplement the State funding as it is not yet back up to pre-recession levels.

Statewide Databases $434,746

The Nevada Statewide Database Project began as a demonstration program in 1999. The idea: provide no cost access to high quality, reliable, vetted information to all residents of Nevada, anytime, anywhere. It proved so successful that it was launched as a full venture in 2001 with support from the State Legislature. Nearly 20 years later, the project continues to offer no cost access for Nevadans to authoritative, credible, and essential electronic information resources, which are not readily or freely available through web-based search engines due to copyright or publish date. This is especially important since search engine algorithms are built to deliver personalized and targeted results based on browsing history to make content more useful and useable to searchers; however, this makes unbiased information that much more difficult to obtain and communities now struggle with the resulting effects of fake news and information bias bubbles. Libraries have long used authoritative subject matter found in databases to teach and reinforce the concept of information literacy. This project will help support the costs associated with sustaining an educated and informed citizenry. The Statewide Database Initiative saves individual libraries money by providing core reference materials, journals, newspapers, k12 and career test preparation and skills building resources that are not freely available on the internet. It benefits all Nevada residents, especially those in remote and rural communities since it allows for remote access to trusted and authoritative information.

Micro Grants $114,500

LSTA subgrant funds help Nevada libraries put new ideas into practice, enhance/expand existing services, and solidify their roles as community educational centers, though planning, assessment, training, partnerships, building capacity, and identifying user access needs. Per the most recent LSTA 5 year plan evaluation, LSTA funds achieve goals and support success through targeted programs focused on families, youth, and children, minority populations, geographically diverse groups, individuals with disabilities, unemployed patrons, and the library workforce.

However, not all Nevada libraries participate in the LSTA subgrant program.  Evaluation findings revealed that concerns were raised over application and project time lines, and the ability to meet Match requirements. Recommendations were to: determine areas/populations of highest need; consider priority funding or a separate pool of funding for those areas/populations. Non-competitive microgrants, with flexible/rolling application deadlines and project funding periods will be first steps to address the findings and open paths to participation. NSLAPR staff outreach and consultation to the smaller libraries will also help encourage subgrant participation as will a Match waiver option. In previous years, non-competitive grants focused on Lifelong Learning and were only available to public libraries. In FFY 17, the grants were opened to school libraries. For FFY 18, they will be made available to all eligible libraries. Micro grant focal areas will be expanded to include Lifelong Learning, Technology/Edge, Institutional Improvement, and Continuing Education.

Nevada Talking Books Services $287,980.00

Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) provides audio books and magazines to Nevadans of all ages who have a physical or visual handicap preventing them from reading standard print materials. No other resource, statewide, like this exists in that our entire collection is developed for access by this population. NTBS provides the program to eligible Nevadans "That all may read."

This program circulates pleasure reading materials, similar to that of a public library, to these individuals, free of charge, in formats they can use. Books are sent through the mail postage free on a daily turnaround basis to replace materials returned the previous workday, or patrons download independently at their leisure 24/7. Braille books are available through our contract with the Utah State Library. Over 60 magazine titles are available subscription free in audio or braille from the National Library Service (NLS). The program also provides the players needed to play the audio materials as well as some accessories such as headphones, pillow speakers and breathe switches. Staff assist patrons with selection of titles over the phone, through email and in person. NTBS is the only Nevada partner of the NLS federal program; NLS provides the majority of the books and all players. NTBS also records and circulates Nevada related titles not available through NLS to add value for our Nevada patrons’ selection of titles. NTBS is a program of the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records. NLS is a program of the Library of Congress.

Nevada Center for the Book/Literacy Programs $50,000

The mission of the National Center for the Book is to nurture and expand a culture of literacy and reading. As a state affiliate, the Nevada Center for the Book, creates and manages projects that will reinforce, strengthen and extend the works of local libraries and literacy organizations, and help unify Nevada's book community, from author to reader, by highlighting Nevada's literary heritage and calling attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries.

Literature and literacy projects undertaken by NV Center for the Book include Letters About Literature, a nationwide young adult literature contest to encourage reflective thinking and hone narrative/persuasive writing skills; Nevada Reads, a statewide community reads event that facilitates/promotes community connections and initiates open dialog over topical, timely, relevant subjects; and the National Book Festival in Washington DC, an annual literary event that brings together authors and readers for talks, panel discussions, and book signings and where Nevada authors are highlighted in the Pavilion of States. Historically, the Nevada State Library has made careful use available resources and leveraged relationships, partnerships to advance literacy initiatives through the Nevada Center for the Book/Nevada Literacy Services. The success of current and potential projects is due to these project management skills as well as the collective energy of Nevadans who believe in the role of books and reading in today’s society. In order to adapt to new circumstances, reach new audiences, and build new partnerships while still making best use of current resources and partnerships, NSLAPR will collaborate with Nevada Humanities to deploy Nevada Center for the Book activities and programs.

Workforce Initiative/Nevada Career Explorer $205,000

Current statewide programs related to workforce development build upon a report authored jointly by the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation for a New Nevada (OWINN), the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation (DETR) Research and Analysis Bureau (In-Demand Occupations: Labor-Market Data with Industry Insights to Strategically Align Nevada’s Education and Workforce).  Using the targeted industry sectors and priority occupations outlined in this report, plus the 2017 Labor Supply and Demand analysis commissioned by NSLAPR during FFY 17, the Nevada Career Explorer database identifies the occupational-driven demand for career clusters, career pathways, education and experience, and industry certifications specific to Nevada’s economy. Through a coordinated effort based in data and user insight, high quality, high demand career pathways can be actively promoted and more frequently pursued. The Nevada Career Explorer will allow NSLAPR to:

  1. Describe the type of career information to which Nevadans need access to make informed personal decisions when pursuing different employment options, and;
  2. Support public libraries’ role in facilitating workforce development within their communities, giving them an understanding of the broad industry mix of the regional economy and related critical occupations - supply and demand. The report and career information database are intended to evolve the library mission to include a deeper career facilitator role to connect patrons with employment and career advancement information needs, and to allow library professionals to work effectively with career counselors who are embedded within the public library landscape.

This initiative was created as a pilot program during FFY 17 through a combination of funding from Nevada 2017 SB 549 and LSTA.   

Creating Coding Competency $42,000

Computer programming, or coding, is a digital literacy skill that has become as important as reading and writing. Learning to code builds rational thinking and problem-solving skills, providing powerful tools that transfer to other subjects and create lifelong learners. As with other literacy skills, Nevada libraries are engaged to help the people in their communities learn the basics of coding, and not just school-age children but also preschoolers, tweens, teens, mid-career professionals, and retirees.

NSLAPR began a pilot project with NCLab in 2015 designed to equip library staff with the tools and information they would need to address this new literacy need. NCLab software advances coding as literacy in partnership with the Department of Education's Nevada Ready 21 Initiative. Based on the success of the pilot program, we purchased site licenses for NCLab for additional libraries in 2016 and 2017. All but three of the twenty-one library systems in the state are currently participating, and we plan to keep that momentum going and growing in 2018.

 

Administration $72,717.16

This project will partially cover the costs of administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and will include travel expenses for the State Council for Libraries and Literacy (SCLL).  The LSTA program allows a maximum of 4% of the total award to the state to manage the program in Nevada.  This amount does not fully cover the requirements administration; however, if the allotment for Nevada increases, the amount for administration will be closer to the actual costs incurred.

Statewide Public Library Statistics $5,000

Library statistics are important because they are really about people and possibilities - not numbers. Knowing how a library's collections, services and programming have been used in the past provides a baseline for planning, policy development and decision making for the present and future. All fifty states, the District of Columbia, and outlying territories report library usage statistics annually to the Public Library Survey (PLS), which has been in existence since 1989 and provides the best benchmark information available for public libraries in the United States. Nevada public libraries submit annual statistical reports to NSLAPR as part of the Minimum Public Library Standards for Nevada. In order to efficiently collect and report statistics from Nevada libraries for both the PLS and state requirement, NSLAPR has used the reporting tool Bibliostat Collect since 1999.          

Information Nevada $8,000

Information Nevada is a resource sharing program that serves libraries and library patrons throughout the state. The Information Nevada project supports equitable access to information by library patrons through a statewide agreement among Nevada libraries and related institutions to provide access to their resources for all Nevadans. As one of the elements required in order to comply with the Minimum Public Library Standards for Nevada, each library signs an agreement each year stating that they agree to answer all interlibrary loan requests, loan basic materials, and provide photocopies free or at cost. To support the libraries within the program, the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) acts as the referral source for interlibrary loan (ILL) for any library in the state, and this grant request includes support for the cost of searching online systems to find and retrieve requested materials.  Another critical part of the program is providing reimbursement for postage for libraries that demonstrate need for Interlibrary Loan postage costs so that patrons of libraries with limited budgets will have access to the same services available at other Nevada libraries.

2017 LSTA Projects Funded

The mini-grant category funds projects of $5,000 or less. As with full grant applications, the projects must be sound, must have a reasonable budget, must have a good evaluation component and the library must be able to accomplish the program in the time allotted. Funding of grants is contingent on the federal monies being allocated to the state.

Library Title Amount Requested
Carson City Library Playaway Audiobooks $5,000
Churchill Co. High School Library Digital Library Starter Project $5,000
Great Basin College Collection Preservation & Archive $5,000
Henderson District Public Libraries Capturing Henderson's History: One Scan at a Time $5,000
Lyon County Library Minecraftappaloosa $5,000
Pershing County Library Graphic Novels $5,000
Pershing County High School Library TLC-Maker Space $5,000
Sierra Nevada College SNC Makerspace $4,800
UNR
Improving Rural Patron Access to Consumer Health Information
$5,000
White Pine County Library 3D Printing Exploration $4,497

 

These figures are derived from the direct voting of the members of the State Council on Libraries and Literacy during the meeting held on January 26, 2016. Individual grants are scored and each Council member assigns a numerical value to the grant.  Each grant total is then divided by the number of reviewers who voted on the project.  This produces the Final Score.   Note: some abstentions were recorded during the voting process and were factored into the scoring. Actual awards are made after the U.S. Congress finalizes the budget and the state allotments are determined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  

Library Title  Amount Requested Final Score
UNR Yucca Mountain Research Collection Description and Discovery Project $100,000 86
Carson City Library Makelt@Two: The Maker Movement at the Carson City Library $45,000 85
Mineral County Library Youth Digital Learning 23,245 83
UNLV Raising the Curtain: Large-Scale Digitization Models for Nevada Cultural Heritage $97,937 83
Las Vegas-Clark County Library STEAM FORWARD: Building the Next Generation Workforce in Libraries $100,000 82
Great Basin College Spread the Knowledge: Access to Special Collections at GBC $49,597 80
North Las Vegas Developing the Future $90,000 77
Washoe County Library Automation for Early Literacy and Makerspaces $96,000 58

 

Statewide LSTA grants are managed by NSLAPR staff. They benefit every resident of Nevada.

Continuing Education $79,211.68

The Continuing Education project will support the professional development of staff in Nevada’s public, academic, special, and school libraries.  Customers of these libraries will benefit from the improved skills, knowledge, or abilities gained by the library staff as a result of participating in continuing education activities. The project will provide the following services and activities:

  • Workshops, seminars, and other training opportunities offered in a variety of geographic locations and utilizing several modes of delivery on topics of interest to Nevada library staff and public library trustees. 
  • A clearinghouse and calendar of free training opportunities available to Nevada library staff including those sponsored by agencies other than the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR). 
  • Scholarships for the library workforce and trustees to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) annual conference and the Nevada Library Association (NLA) annual conference
  • Reimbursement of registration fees for professional continuing education when local library funds are not available for that purpose
  • Funding for a substitute to replace a staff member attending a training event so that the library can remain open to the public during their absence.
Information Nevada $8,000
The Information Nevada project supports equitable access to information by library patrons statewide.  The Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) coordinates resource sharing for libraries and library users throughout the state via Inter-Library Loan and document delivery.  Another critical part of the program is to provide support for postage for libraries that demonstrate need for Inter-library Loan (ILL) return postage costs.
Nevada Digital Initiative $13,000
The purpose/mission of the Nevada Statewide Digital Initiative is to increase 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.  The Nevada Statewide Digital Advisory Committee identified a series of steps in the development of a digital infrastructure in Nevada.  The work of the committee is guided by the Nevada Statewide Digital Action Plan.  The purpose of the digital plan is to assist Nevada’s cultural heritage organizations and allied information providers to: 1) preserve and provide access to the greatest amount of materials possible documenting Nevada’s history and development; 2) further the services of libraries, archives, museums, information centers and educational systems to meet expanding educational needs of students and residents; 3) develop their digital collections on a statewide basis; and 4) develop a digital information infrastructure.  
Statewide Bookmobile Support $26,000
Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) through the LSTA program and the State legislature have combined to support the bookmobiles in Elko, Humboldt and Lincoln counties.  These three county libraries operate bookmobiles that serve some of the most rural and isolated communities in the state.  This project continues the operational support costs for the named counties.
Statewide Databases $301,941.60
This request will continue the statewide database project that provides access to online databases for the K-12 residents of Nevada whether at school, the public library or at home.  Children and adults have access anywhere in the state of Nevada that an Internet connection is available.  The Nevada Legislature continued funding for school libraries; however additional funding is needed for public libraries and remote access for all Nevada residents.  The list of databases includes online full text, pictorial magazines and other reference information databases.  Public libraries are providing the authentication portals needed for residents to access database information from home.  The people of Nevada have access to an impressive range of information as a result of this project.
Community Enrichment Subgrants $73,500
This project is designed to address the lifelong learning needs of Nevada residents
Nevada Talking Books Services $259,010
Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) is part of the National Library Service’s (NLS) federal program available free to all U.S. residents with an identified handicap preventing them from reading print materials.  NTBS administers the program to all qualifying Nevadans that all may read. The program will enroll and provide reading materials, similar to that of a public library, to qualified individuals free of charge in the format they can use: audio and Braille books, magazines, and downloadable books. The program will also provide the program specific players needed to play the audio materials.  The grant will support the ongoing annual cost for the ILS designed and developed to provide each patron with a personalized reading experience. This grant will also provide funding for staff to administer and maintain patron accounts, assist patrons with book selection, equipment instruction and replacement as well as provide downloading assistance. This grant will help support the Nevada Recording Program which makes Nevada materials available to our patrons in a format they can use by supporting the basic structure of the program.  The result will be that Nevada patrons will be able to read for pleasure, improve their quality of life, and increase their independence.
Literacy Programs $50,000
This project is designed to address the reading and literacy needs of Nevadans of all ages.  Programs implemented include the Nevada Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, programs like Letters About Literature; and Nevada Reads
Workforce Initiative $140,000
This demonstration project includes statewide strategic planning to support public libraries’ role in facilitating workforce development within their communities and understanding the broad industry mix of the regional economy and related critical occupations (supply and demand).  An analysis the current status of industry growth, occupational growth, sector-based supply and demand and career cluster growth (with a spotlight on STEM) will conducted at both statewide and county levels. Participating libraries will deploy a software as a service tool (Headed2), that leverages the next step in helping patrons take steps toward career pathways and the necessary training. The desired change is better understanding of local and statewide economics, job opportunities and how career facilitation is advanced. In addition, using this data, libraries will be able to advance their goals more strategically relative to workforce activities.

 

Administration $70,641.72

This project will partially cover the costs of administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and will include personnel costs and travel expenses for the State Council for Libraries and Literacy.  The LSTA program allows a maximum of 4% of the total award to the state to manage the program in Nevada.  This amount does not fully cover the requirements administration; however, if the allotment for Nevada increases, the amount for administration will be closer to the actual costs incurred.

Note: The amount for this grant may be changed if the final LSTA formula changes the state allotment

Statewide Public Library Statistics $65,000
Public libraries in the United States contribute statistical information about their operations to a national database via the Public Library Survey which is under the auspices of the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS).  Data is available on individual libraries and aggregated to state and national levels. (LSTA priority 7; NSLAPR Strategic Plan 2003-2008 Goals 1 and 5; LSTA Five Year State Plan Goal #1)  The project will fund software for collection and usage of public library statistics, and fees for Civic Technologies Community Connect to provide public libraries with information about market segmentation overlaid with services provided to determine what needs are not being met and what services should be kept and/or enhanced.

 

2016 LSTA Projects Funded

The mini-grant category funds projects of $5,000 or less. As with full grant applications, the projects must be sound, must have a reasonable budget, must have a good evaluation component and the library must be able to accomplish the program in the time allotted. Funding of grants is contingent on the federal monies being allocated to the state.

Library Title Amount Requested
Carson City Library Bully Free Zone $4,600
Churchill Co. High School Library (withdrawn) Digital Library Starter Project $5,000
Carlin Combined Schools Library Carlin Library Book Infusion $5,000
Elko Lander Eureka Library System Promoting STEM Skill in Young Children $4,949

 

These figures are derived from the direct voting of the members of the State Council on Libraries and Literacy during the meetinh held on January 26, 2016. Individual grants are scored and each Council member assigns a numerical value to the grant.  Each grant total is then divided by the number of reviewers who voted on the project.  This produces the Final Score.   Note: some abstentions were recorded during the voting process and were factored into the scoring. Actual awards are made after the U.S. Congress finalizes the budget and the state allotments are determined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  

Library Title  Amount Requested Final Score
UNLV African Americans: The Las Vegas Experience Documentary $99,717 88.55
UNR Mining, Maps, and the Mackay Theses: Digital Scholarly Treasures of Nevada $74,949 86.83
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Strengthening the Frontline: Social Services @ the Library $99,200 84.36
Carson City Library Mobile Maker Space $30,197 84.17
North Las Vegas Library District Bridging the Digital Divide $86,486 83.42
Pershing County High School Library TLC: Teen Learning Center $19,098 82.17
Lyon County Library Lyon County Library Media Box $32,299 80.75
White Pine County Library Early Literacy Technology $10,630 80.58
College of Southern Nevada Understanding Online Learners: Assessing Library Needs of Southern Nevada Users $28,670 79.73
Churchill County Library Tuition Support for IT Gateway Training $30,000 n/a

 

Statewide LSTA grants are managed by NSLA staff. They serve every resident of Nevada.

Continuing Education $85,000

The Continuing Education project will support the professional development of staff in Nevada’s public, academic, special, and school libraries.  Customers of these libraries will benefit from the improved skills, knowledge, or abilities gained by the library staff as a result of participating in continuing education activities. The project will provide the following services and activities:

  • Workshops, seminars, and other training opportunities offered in a variety of geographic locations and utilizing several modes of delivery on topics of interest to Nevada library staff and public library trustees. 
  • A clearinghouse and calendar of free training opportunities available to Nevada library staff including those sponsored by agencies other than the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR). (Evanced Solutions calendar.)
  • Reimbursement for expenses incurred to travel to training locations at least 50 miles from the home library when local library funds are not available for that purpose.
  • Reimbursement of registration fees for professional continuing education when local library funds are not available for that purpose
  • Funding for a substitute to replace a staff member attending a training event so that the library can remain open to the public during their absence.
Funding for web conferencing software.
Information Nevada $10,000
The Information Nevada project supports equitable access to information by library patrons statewide.  The Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) coordinates resource sharing for libraries and library users throughout the state via Inter-Library Loan and document delivery.  Another critical part of the program is to provide support for postage for libraries that demonstrate need for Inter-library Loan (ILL) return postage costs.
Nevada Digital Initiative $45,000
The purpose/mission of the Nevada Statewide Digital Initiative is to increase 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.  The Nevada Statewide Digital Advisory Committee identified a series of steps in the development of a digital infrastructure in Nevada.  The work of the committee is guided by the Nevada Statewide Digital Action Plan.  The purpose of the digital plan is to assist Nevada’s cultural heritage organizations and allied information providers to: 1) preserve and provide access to the greatest amount of materials possible documenting Nevada’s history and development; 2) further the services of libraries, archives, museums, information centers and educational systems to meet expanding educational needs of students and residents; 3) develop their digital collections on a statewide basis; and 4) develop a digital information infrastructure.  The steps being completed by the Advisory Committee include 1) review and updating the digital action plan; 2) finalizing a collection policy; 3) finalizing and publicizing a web site that links existing projects; 3) promulgating statewide best practice/standards; 4) creating local partnerships that would build up to statewide partnerships; 5) continuing support for the statewide digital advisory committee; and 6) implementing a Nevada newspaper summit.  
Statewide Bookmobile Support $26,000
Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR) through the LSTA program and the State legislature have combined to support the bookmobiles in Elko, Humboldt and Lincoln counties.  These three county libraries operate bookmobiles that serve some of the most rural and isolated communities in the state.  This project continues the operational support costs for the named counties.
Statewide Databases $400,000
This request will continue the statewide database project that provides access to online databases for the K-12 residents of Nevada whether at school, the public library or at home.  Children and adults have access anywhere in the state of Nevada that an Internet connection is available.  The Nevada Legislature continued funding for school libraries; however additional funding is needed for public libraries and remote access for all Nevada residents.  The list of databases includes online full text, pictorial magazines and other reference information databases.  Public libraries are providing the authentication portals needed for residents to access database information from home.  The people of Nevada have access to an impressive range of information as a result of this project.
Statewide Reading Programs $88,150
The need in Nevada for comprehensive lifespan efforts to ensure literacy continues to be an issue.  As Nevada’s population continues to adjust in this post recession environment, it behooves the state to ensure a literate population which will result in a well educated and stable workforce to support and attract economic development.  This project is designed to address the reading and literacy needs of Nevadans of all ages.  Programs implemented include summer reading program in Nevada’s public libraries; DIA, Diversity In Action, held in April in recognition of Nevada’s growing ethnically diverse populations; the Nevada Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, programs like Letters About Literature; Nevada Reads; collaborates with adult basic education to support library activities that serve the unemployed in Nevada, and provides for the implementation of a statewide information literacy initiative.  The grant project provides for literacy information through the State Literacy Resource Center (SLRC), the Literacy Resources Directory, and literacy data available on the Nevada Center for the Book page and the State Data Center (SDC).
Nevada Talking Books Services $227,947
Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) is part of the National Library Service’s (NLS) federal program available free to all U.S. residents with an identified handicap preventing them from reading print materials.  NTBS administers the program to all qualifying Nevadans that all may read. The program will enroll and provide reading materials, similar to that of a public library, to qualified individuals free of charge in the format they can use: audio and Braille books, magazines, and downloadable books. The program will also provide the program specific players needed to play the audio materials.  The grant will support the ongoing annual cost for the ILS designed and developed to provide each patron with a personalized reading experience. This grant will also provide funding for staff to administer and maintain patron accounts, assist patrons with book selection, equipment instruction and replacement as well as provide downloading assistance. This grant will help support the Nevada Recording Program which makes Nevada materials available to our patrons in a format they can use by supporting the basic structure of the program.  The result will be that Nevada patrons will be able to read for pleasure, improve their quality of life, and increase their independence.

 

Administration $67,500

This project will partially cover the costs of administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and will include personnel costs and travel expenses for the State Council for Libraries and Literacy.  The LSTA program allows a maximum of 4% of the total award to the state to manage the program in Nevada.  This amount does not fully cover the requirements administration; however, if the allotment for Nevada increases, the amount for administration will be closer to the actual costs incurred.

Note: The amount for this grant may be changed if the final LSTA formula changes the state allotment

Statewide Public Library Statistics $123,150
Public libraries in the United States contribute statistical information about their operations to a national database via the Public Library Survey which is under the auspices of the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS).  Data is available on individual libraries and aggregated to state and national levels. (LSTA priority 7; NSLAPR Strategic Plan 2003-2008 Goals 1 and 5; LSTA Five Year State Plan Goal #1)  The project will fund Bibliostat Collect and Connect; for collection and usage of public library statistics, subscriptions to the Edge Initiative; for assessment and analysis of technology services provided by public libraries, and fees for Civic Technologies Community Connect to provide public libraries with information about market segmentation overlaid with services provided to determine what needs are not being met and what services should be kept and/or enhanced.

 

2015 LSTA Projects Funded

The mini-grant category funds projects of $5,000 or less. As with full grant applications, the projects must be sound, must have a reasonable budget, must have a good evaluation component and the library must be able to accomplish the program in the time allotted.

Below is the ranked order of the mini-grants received for the 2015 funding year. Funding of grants is contingent on the federal monies being allocated to the state.

Library Title Amount Requested
Carson City Library Building Habits of Mind(craft) $5,000
Honors Academy Library Connecting Nevada’s Authors, Illustrators $4,500
Sierra Nevada College Library 3D Printing $5,000
Mineral County Library Lights! Camera! Action!: media production $5,000
White Pine County Library E-Books Access $1,270
Amargosa Valley Public Library Little Steps Into Literacy $3,443
Elko County Library Digital Information Boards $3,960
Pershing County Library Nevada Room $5,000

 

Ranking figures are derived from the direct voting of the members of the State Council on Libraries and Literacy during the meeting held January 14, 2015. Individual grants are scored and each Council member assigns a numerical value to the grant. Each grant total is then divided by the number of reviewers who voted on the project. This produces the Final Score. Note: some abstentions were recorded during the voting process and were factored into the scoring.

Library Title Amount Requested Final Score
UNR, Special Collections (1) Paul Laxalt and Ronald Reagan Papers $32,700 84.07
Pershing County Library Digitize Lovelock Review-Miner Newspaper $8,960 81.43
UNLV Lied Library Teacher-Librarian Institute $40,000 81.17
Mineral County Library Revving Up Teen Services $25,739 80.64
Henderson District Libraries Around the World in 30 Days International $34,400 80.15
Sierra Nevada College Library Integrating Text and Image – Community Read $17,850 80.15
Carson City Library Nevada’s Working Capital – Getting to Work $82,902 78.31
Pershing Co. School District High School Library Learning Lab $100,000 78.21
North Las Vegas Library District Reinventing the North Las Vegas Library $97,600 76.86
LV-CCLD Pre-K for All: A Community Approach $95,000 76.58
Washoe County Library Idea and Experience Box $70,100 72.57
Churchill Co. School Libraries Libraries STEM Collection Development $35,000 71.69
UNR, Special Collections (2) Presenting Alf Doten’s Complete Diaries $64,582 68.14

 

Statewide LSTA grants are managed by NSLA staff. They serve every resident of Nevada.

Continuing Education $85,000

The Continuing Education project will support the professional development of staff in Nevada’s public, academic, special, and school libraries. Customers of these libraries will benefit from the improved skills, knowledge, or abilities gained by the library staff as a result of participating in continuing education activities. The project will provide the following services and activities:

  • Workshops, seminars, and other training opportunities offered in a variety of geographic locations and utilizing several modes of delivery on topics of interest to Nevada library staff and public library trustees.
  • A clearinghouse and calendar of free training opportunities available to Nevada library staff including those sponsored by agencies other than the Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA). (Evanced Solutions calendar.)
  • Reimbursement for expenses incurred to travel to training locations at least 50 miles from the home library when local library funds are not available for that purpose.
  • Reimbursement of registration fees for professional continuing education when local library funds are not available for that purpose
  • Funding for a substitute to replace a staff member attending a training event so that the library can remain open to the public during their absence.
  • Funding for web conferencing software.
Information Nevada $10,000
The Information Nevada project supports equitable access to information by library patrons statewide. The Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA) coordinates resource sharing for libraries and library users throughout the state via Inter-Library Loan and document delivery. Another critical part of the program is to provide support for postage for libraries that demonstrate need for Inter-library Loan (ILL) return postage costs.
Nevada Digital Initiative $82,620
The purpose/mission of the Nevada Statewide Digital Initiative is to increase 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. The Nevada Statewide Digital Advisory Committee is currently involved in addressing a series of steps in the development of a digital infrastructure in Nevada. The work of the committee is guided by the Nevada Statewide Digital Action Plan, 2009-2014. The purpose of the digital plan is to assist Nevada’s cultural heritage organizations and allied information providers to: 1) preserve and provide access to the greatest amount of materials possible documenting Nevada’s history and development; 2) further the services of libraries, archives, museums, information centers and educational systems to meet expanding educational needs of students and residents; 3) develop their digital collections on a statewide basis; and 4) develop a digital information infrastructure. The steps being
completed by the Advisory Committee include 1) finalizing a collection policy; 2) finalizing and publicizing a website that links existing projects; 3) promulgating statewide best practice/standards; 4) creating local partnerships that would build up to statewide partnerships; and 5) continuing support for the statewide digital advisory committee. In order to continue the work of the committee in 2015-2016, this grant application seeks to fund a meeting of the advisory committee, digital project staff, digital training, support for the National Newspaper Digital Project, and the Nevada State Library & Archives (NSLA) Digital Collections.
Statewide Bookmobile Support $26,000
The Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA) through the LSTA program and the State legislature have combined to support the bookmobiles in Elko, Humboldt and Lincoln counties. These three county libraries operate bookmobiles that serve some of the most rural and isolated communities in the state. This project continues the operational support costs for the named counties.
Statewide Databases $400,000
This request will continue the statewide database project that provides access to online databases for the K-12 residents of Nevada whether at school, the public library or at home. Children and adults have access anywhere in the state of Nevada that an Internet connection is available. The Nevada Legislature continued funding for school libraries; however additional funding is needed for public libraries and remote access for all Nevada residents.
The list of databases includes online full text, pictorial magazines and other reference information databases. Public libraries are providing the authentication portals needed for residents to access database information from home. The people of Nevada have access to an impressive range of information as a result of this project.
Statewide Reading Programs $88,150
The need in Nevada for comprehensive lifespan efforts to ensure literacy continues to be an issue. As Nevada’s population adjusts to the effects of the recession, it behooves the state to ensure a literate population which will result in a well educated and stable workforce to support and attract economic development. This project is designed to address the reading and literacy needs of Nevadans of all ages.
Programs implemented include summer reading which occurs in Nevada’s public libraries; DIA, Diversity In Action, (formerly El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros) held in April of each year in recognition of Nevada’s large Hispanic population (26% of total population in 2012) and growing ethnically diverse populations; the Nevada Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, which implements literacy programs like Letters About Literature designed to address reflective thinking and other skills and supports adult reading programs; Nevada Reads, which encourages community and adult participation in a statewide read; collaborates with adult basic education to support library activities that serve the unemployed in Nevada, and provides for the implementation of a statewide information literacy initiative. The grant project provides for literacy information through the State Literacy Resource Center (SLRC), the Literacy Resources Directory, and literacy data available on the Nevada Center for the Book page and the State Data Center (SDC).
Nevada Talking Books Services $228,152
Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) is part of a the National Library Service’s (NLS) free national program available to all U.S. citizens with an identified handicap that prevents them from reading materials in print format. NTBS administers the program to all qualifying Nevadans. This service focuses on providing and distributing free audio books, magazines, program specific players, access to Braille books, and downloading of digital books, Braille music scores and electronic copies of Braille books. This service also provides the staff to assist our patrons in utilizing this service to its fullest. The Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) is a full service software system designed and developed for Talking Book libraries. This system benefits Talking Books staff and clients with improved reader advisory functions, accurate tracking of books and machines, reduced staff processing time of books to and from patrons, efficient item attaching, independent patron access to their accounts and titles in our collection through the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) as well as staff training and database support. Books about Nevada and/or written by Nevadans are typically not recorded by NLS. This grant provides a Recording Program Coordinator who identifies Nevada authors and titles to record; trains and coordinates scheduling of volunteers who record, edits and reviews selected books and magazines; catalogs books and magazines into the NTBS and national databases for sharing with any NLS patron nationwide; and provides material of local interest to NTBS patrons including Nevada magazines and government publications in the same format as NLS materials.

 

Administration $68,500
This project will partially cover the costs of administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and will include personnel costs and travel expenses for the State Council for Libraries and Literacy. The LSTA program allows a maximum of 4% of the total award to the state to manage the program in Nevada. This amount does not fully cover the requirements administration; however, if the allotment for Nevada increases, the amount for administration will be closer to the actual costs incurred.
Note: The amount for this grant may be changed if the LSTA formula changes the state allotment.
Statewide Public Library Statistics​ $12,650
The Public Library Statistics project will facilitate the collection and utilization of statistical information about Nevada public library operations for planning, decision making, accountability and other purposes. Public libraries in the United States contribute statistical information about their operations to a national database via the Public Library Survey (PLS), under the auspices of the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS). Data are available on individual libraries and aggregated to state and national levels.
Data will be collected via BiblioStat Collect, an online tool available to staff of Nevada public libraries to use to submit local library statistics for the PLS and additional statistics targeted by the Nevada State Library and Archives on topics such as education of library staff and summer reading programs.
BiblioStat Connect provides access to and utilizes the data gathered in the Public Library Survey as well as 2010 Census data. The data manipulation features enable users to identify peer libraries based on a number of socioeconomic factors, and to create tables, charts, and graphs, view averages and percentiles, and organize results into reports and presentations. Data from the Public Library Survey are available from BiblioStat Connect approximately one year after collection; raw data are available from the IMLS website approximately two years after collection.

 

2014 LSTA Projects Funded

The mini-grant category funds projects of $5,000 or less. As with full grant applications, the projects must be sound, must have a reasonable budget, must have a good evaluation component and the library must be able to accomplish the program in the time allotted.

Below is the ranked order of the mini-grants received for the 2014 funding year. Funding of grants is contingent on the federal monies being allocated to the state

Library Title Amount Requested
Elko County Library Resumes Made Easy $5,000
Beatty Library District Improving Technology $4,915
Sierra Nevada College- Prim Library Apple iPads for Lending $4,800
Washoe County Library Getting in Touch with the Library $2,790
Washoe County School District - Gomm Elem. Elementary Library Inventory Efficiency $600
Carson City Library Film Enhancement Grant $5,000
Pershing County Library Pershing County Library $5,000
Amargosa Valley Lib District E-Media Journey $5,000

 

Ranking figures are derived from the direct voting of the members of the State Council on Libraries and Literacy during the meeting held January 14-15, 2014. Individual grants are scored and each Council member assigns a numerical value to the grant. Each grant total is then divided by the number of reviewers who voted on the project. This produces the Final Score. Note: some abstentions were recorded during the voting process and were factored into the scoring.

Library Title Amount Requested Final Score
Washoe County Library STEM Learning Spaces $89,569 91.73
Nevada Historical Society Emil Bileb Collection Project $50,555 86.91
Henderson District Public Libraries Henderson Library Generation STEAM $86,925 86.64
Truckee Meadows Sturm Library S. Nevada Jewish Community Heritage $100,000 85.91
UNR, Knowledge Center Special Collections Illuminating Reno's Divorce Industry $28,762 83.64
Nevada Supreme Court Library Training/Promotion for NV Legal forms $79,500 83.09
Carson City Library Online and On Time $21,000 80.36
Sierra Nevada College, Prim Library Information Literacy $69,450 80.00
Elko County Library Early Learning and Literacy $12,537 78.40
Lander County School District High School Library $21,200 80.36
White Pine County School District, High School Library Reading Across the Universe $11,390 76.36
Mineral County Library Streaming Art Tutorials $8,899 74.55
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Beating the Odds Not Funded 74.40
Washoe County School District, Whitehead Elementary Library 21st Century Library Not Funded 71.55

 

Statewide LSTA grants are managed by NSLAPR staff. They serve every resident of Nevada.

Continuing Education $65,000

The Continuing Education project will support the professional development of staff in Nevada’s public, academic, special, and school libraries.  Customers of these libraries will benefit from the improved skills, knowledge, or abilities gained by the library staff as a result of participating in continuing education activities. The project will provide the following services and activities:

  • Workshops, seminars, and other training opportunities offered in a variety of geographic locations and utilizing several modes of delivery on topics of interest to Nevada library staff and public library trustees. 
  • A clearinghouse and calendar of free training opportunities available to Nevada library staff including those sponsored by agencies other than the Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA). (Evanced Solutions calendar.)
  • Reimbursement for expenses incurred to travel to training locations at least 50 miles from the home library when local library funds are not available for that purpose.
  • Reimbursement of registration fees for professional continuing education when local library funds are not available for that purpose
  • Funding for a substitute to replace a staff member attending a training event so that the library can remain open to the public during their absence.
Funding for web conferencing software.
Information Nevada $10,000

The Information Nevada project supports equitable access to information by library patrons statewide.  The Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA) coordinates resource sharing for libraries and library users throughout the state via Inter-Library Loan and document delivery.  Another critical part of the program is to provide support for postage for libraries that demonstrate need for Inter-library Loan (ILL) return postage costs.

Nevada Digital Initiative $101, 620
The Nevada Statewide Digital Advisory Committee is currently involved in addressing a series of steps in the development of a digital infrastructure in Nevada. The work of the committee is guided by the Nevada Statewide Digital Action Plan, 2009-2014.The Nevada Statewide Digital Advisory Committee is currently involved in addressing a series of steps in the development of a digital infrastructure in Nevada.  The work of the committee is guided by the Nevada Statewide Digital Action Plan, 2009-2014.  The purpose of the digital plan is to assist Nevada’s cultural heritage organizations and allied information providers to: 1) preserve and provide access to the greatest amount of materials possible documenting Nevada’s history and development; 2) further the services of libraries, archives, museums, information centers and educational systems to meet expanding educational needs of students and residents; 3) develop their digital collections on a statewide basis; and 4) develop a digital information infrastructure.  The steps being completed by the Advisory Committee include 1) finalizing a collection policy; 2) finalizing and publicizing a website that links existing projects; 3) promulgating statewide best practice/standards; 4) creating local partnerships that would build up to statewide partnerships; 5) identifying and supporting sesquicentennial related digital activities; and 6) continuing support for the statewide digital advisory committee.  In order to continue the work of the committee in 2014-2015, this grant application seeks to fund meetings of the advisory committee and appropriate task forces, digital project staff, digital training, support for the National Newspaper Digital Project, and related appropriate sesquicentennial activities.
Statewide Bookmobile Support $26,000
The Nevada State Library and Archives (NSLA) through the LSTA program and the State legislature have combined to support the bookmobiles in Elko, Humboldt and Lincoln counties.  These three county libraries operate bookmobiles that serve some of the most rural and isolated communities in the state.  This project continues the operational support costs for the named counties.
Statewide Databases $400,000

This request will continue the statewide database project that provides access to online databases for the K-12 residents of Nevada whether at school, the public library or at home.  Children and adults have access anywhere in the state of Nevada that an Internet connection is available.  The Nevada Legislature continued funding for school libraries; however additional funding is needed for public libraries and remote access for all Nevada residents.

The list of databases includes online full text, pictorial magazines and other reference information databases.  Public libraries are providing the authentication portals needed for residents to access database information from home.  The people of Nevada have access to an impressive range of information as a result of this project.

Statewide Reading Programs $85,150

The need in Nevada for comprehensive lifespan efforts to ensure literacy continues to be an issue.  As Nevada’s population adjusts to the effects of the recession, it behooves the state to ensure a literate population which will result in a well educated and stable workforce to support and attract economic development.  This project is designed to address the reading and literacy needs of Nevadans of all ages. 

Programs implemented include summer reading which occurs in Nevada’s public libraries; El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros held in April of each year in recognition of Nevada’s large Hispanic population (26% of total population in 2011); the Nevada Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book, which implements literacy programs like Letters About Literature designed to address reflective thinking and other skills and supports adult reading programs; Nevada Reads, which encourages community and adult participation in a statewide read; collaborates with adult basic education to support library activities that serve the unemployed in Nevada, and provides for the implementation of a statewide information literacy initiative.  The grant project provides for literacy information through the State Literacy Resource Center (SLRC), the Literacy Resources Directory, and literacy data available on the Nevada Center for the Book page and the State Data Center (SDC). 

Nevada Talking Books Services $254,176
Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS) is part of a the National Library Service’s (NLS) free national program available to all U.S. citizens with an identified handicap that prevents them from reading materials in print format.  NTBS administers the program to all qualifying Nevadans.  This service focuses on providing and distributing free audio books, magazines, program specific players, access to Braille books, and downloading of digital books, Braille music scores and electronic copies of Braille books. This service also provides the staff to assist our patrons in utilizing this service to its fullest. The Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) is a full service software system designed and developed for Talking Book libraries. This system benefits Talking Books staff and clients with improved reader advisory functions, accurate tracking of books and machines, reduced staff processing time of books to and from patrons, efficient item attaching, independent patron access to their accounts and titles in our collection through the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) as well as staff training and database support.  Books about Nevada and/or written by Nevadans are typically not recorded by NLS.  This grant provides a Recording Program Coordinator who identifies Nevada authors and titles to record; trains and coordinates scheduling of volunteers who record, edits and reviews selected books and magazines; catalogs books and magazines into the NTBS and national databases for sharing with any NLS patron nationwide; and provides material of local interest to NTBS patrons including Nevada magazines and government publications in the same format as NLS materials.

 

Administration $67,500
This project will partially cover the costs of administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and will include personnel costs and travel expenses for the State Council for Libraries and Literacy.  The LSTA program allows a maximum of 4% of the total award to the state to manage the program in Nevada.  This amount does not fully cover the requirements administration; however, if the allotment for Nevada increases, the amount for administration will be closer to the actual costs incurred.
Statewide Public Library Statistics $12,650

The Public Library Statistics project will facilitate the collection and utilization of statistical information about Nevada public library operations for planning, decision making, accountability and other purposes. Public libraries in the United States contribute statistical information about their operations to a national database via the Public Library Survey (PLS), under the auspices of the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS).  Data are available on individual libraries and aggregated to state and national levels.  

Data will be collected via BiblioStat Collect, an online tool available to staff of Nevada public libraries  to use to submit local library statistics for the PLS and additional statistics targeted by the Nevada State Library and Archives on topics such as education of library staff and summer reading programs.

BiblioStat Connect provides access to and utilizes the data gathered in the Public Library Survey as well as 2010 Census data.  The data manipulation features enable users to identify peer libraries based on a number of socioeconomic factors, and to create tables, charts, and graphs, view averages and percentiles, and organize results into reports and presentations.  Data from the Public Library Survey are available from BiblioStat Connect approximately one year after collection; raw data are available from the IMLS website approximately two years after collection.