DUBLIN, Ohio, September 9, 2015. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded grants to OCLC, including two National Leadership Grants for Libraries and one Laura Bush 21st Century Grant.
National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance library and archival practice with new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely replicated. The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty and library leaders.
- National Leadership Grant: "Assessing the Needs of Public Libraries toward Advancing the National Digital Platform." OCLC will work with the Digital Public Library of America, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Public Library Association, and Association for Library Collections & Technical Services to conduct a nationwide survey of public libraries and state library agencies to identify the extent to which public libraries have digitized unique collections, obstacles, opportunities and partnerships that can impact digitization activities. Resulting data will serve as a baseline for measuring future work to increase public library participation in the national digital platform. The findings and recommendations will also help public libraries, funders, service providers, and state library agencies determine how to work cooperatively to support the digitization of collections. The grant is for $49,934.
- National Leadership Grant: "Researching Students' Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces." The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, along with partners OCLC Research and Rutgers University School of Communication and Information will study 180 students, from primary to graduate school, working in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Using a task-based methodology, the project team will observe students' cognition in action using a think-aloud protocol and the Visitors and Residents framework to understand student choices, behaviors and rationale. Their primary data collection method will be to create and implement subject-based simulations using Articulate's Storyline software. Findings from this project will be shared with library and educational communities through workshops, webinars, and customized exercises to advance information literacy-related instruction for students in K-12, community college and university environments. Total grant for this project is $491,822; OCLC Research will serve as a partner for this project.
- The Laura Bush 21st Century Grant: "Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries, and Museums" (supplement to current project). This supplemental funding will support the OCLC-facilitated cross-sector Coalition through December 2016 as it continues to devise practical interagency collaborations that extend continuing education and professional development opportunities to archives, library, and museum professionals in a cost-effective and sustainable way. The grant is for $275,572.
In addition, OCLC Research staff will support two additional IMLS grant-funded projects by:
- Serving on the advisory group for the ePADD Phase 2 project led by Stanford University Libraries, with partners University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Harvard University, University of California, Irvine, and Metropolitan New York Library Council. The ePADD Phase 2 project received a $685,129 in National Leadership Grant to advance the formation of a National Digital Platform through supporting archival processes around the appraisal, ingest, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives.
- Supporting a $249,495 grant to Syracuse University's Center for Digital Literacy, which will create a new website, The Innovation Destination. The site will contain resources and training materials for use by librarians to stimulate and support creative thinking in children in grades 4-8.
"This work will help to reinforce libraries across the country in engaging all ages of learners and in providing access to content, in physical and digital form," said IMLS Acting Director Maura Marx.
"We are delighted to work with IMLS on their important agendas," said Lorcan Dempsey, OCLC Chief Strategist and Vice President, Membership and Research. "With the support of IMLS, and with our partners, we look forward to advancing libraries' ability to contribute to learning and cultural engagement."
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The IMLS mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. IMLS grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC's WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world's collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.