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In Results: 57 Total Projects $3,519,336.99 LSTA Funds $16,337,625.75 Match Funds
A Better Look into the Past through Microfilm
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $10,608.00
Grantee: Boulder City Library District
Match Funds: $1,191.80
For this project, the library replaced its malfunctioning and obsolete microfilm machine with a new microfilm reader that is easier to use, has the ability to create clear, high resolution images from the aging film, keeps up with technology expectations, and enables researchers to access information quickly and easily. Boulder City Library's informal partner is the Boulder City-Hoover Dam Museum. The museum is sometimes an initial stop in the city when researchers are looking for historical records. The museum takes this opportunity to inform them of the additional resources located at the library.
Carson City Strategic Planning Initiative
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $25,785.00
Grantee: Carson City Library
Match Funds: $4,723.72
The Carson City Library is an integral institution of the community and a key partner in sustaining the educational, economic and civic health of the locality. The previous strategic plan was an important roadmap to guide the library trustees, staff and partners on a path to work through one of the worst economic downturns experienced. Carson City has been growing and evolving as it moved out of the extended recession and looked to better understand how it could meet the dynamic and changing needs of the city's residents. The library, with the work of an experienced planning consultant from the University Center for Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Reno, employed a variety of data collection methods to determine and assess the current state, needs and interests of library users, business, and potential library users to help guide the Library Board of Trustees and staff to an effective plan. The new five year strategic plan is designed to help staff respond effectively and nimbly to the changing community landscape and optimize responsiveness to new and exciting technological development.
allCIRC Disc Management Self-checkout Expansion
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $26,873.13
Grantee: Elko-Lander-Eureka County Library System
Match Funds: $2,857.50
The Elko County Library (the main branch hereafter referred to as "Library") purchased three new shelving units for our DVD collection, purchased a new allCIRC and purchased equipment to update our current allCIRC. The allCIRC is an automated dispensing vault for CD/DVD/Blu-Ray media, with a built-in patron self-checkout system. Our specific goals of the project was to increase access and availability of DVD materials to the Elko Community and provide a self-checkout service to our patrons. The Library previously had an allCIRC that was outdated and had many technical issues. These issues caused patrons to become frustrated. The Library previously had 946 cataloged DVDs, but could only put 600 out at a time. We achieved our goals with this project. The procurement of the DVD shelving units and allCIRCs we now have 1251 DVDs available with approximately 200 DVDs checkout on any given day. Also, the allCIRCs provide the Library with more checkout stations allowing for better service.
Engaging a Community; Building a Strategy
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $50,000.00
Grantee: Henderson District Public Libraries
Match Funds: $110,241.68
Henderson Libraries performed a comprehensive community assessment, including telephone surveys, online surveys, focused discussion groups, stakeholder interviews, and market analytics. Additionally, we performed an organizational assessment that included staff town halls, departmental interviews, and an online survey. The results from both of these assessments informed the process through which the Henderson Libraries management team worked together to craft a strategic plan that responded to community need, and included opportunities for strengthening the organization as well. The strategic plan will shape library services for the entire community for the upcoming years. The plan was completed and accepted by our Board of Trustees in February 2019. Many of the initiatives have rolled out and we are seeing community participation and staff involvement as a direct result of the strategic plan. Informal Partners included: City of Henderson (municipality) - partnered to provide input on community assessment, will continue to partner where our strategic plan aligns with Henderson Strong plan Friends of Henderson Libraries (nonprofit) - partnered to provide input on community assessment, and through the Strategic Plan the Friends are adopting initiatives to support increased volunteer and advocacy efforts Henderson Libraries Foundation (nonprofit) - partnered to provide input on community assessment, and through the Strategic Plan the Foundation is adopting initiatives to support increased fundraising to support library initiatives Workforce Connections (government) - partnered to provide input on community assessment, will continue to partner on initiatives that relate to career/workforce development
Teachers in Libraries
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $100,000.00
Grantee: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Match Funds: $245,662.23
The Teachers in Libraries program bought certified Clark County School District (CCSD) teachers to eight Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (LVCCLD) locations to provide K-12 homework support and to engage parents and caregivers in their children's academic success. This program launched as a response to abysmally low levels of student achievement in Clark County. Only 47% of local 4th graders are proficient at reading and only 14% of 8th grade students are proficient at grade level math. The resulting 74% graduation rate and 89,797 people over the age of 25 without a high school diploma present a challenge for regional economic sustainability. When asked what could change community educational conditions, the number one response from parents, school administrators and teachers, and community leaders was out-of-school homework help. This program was designed to connect students to libraries across the metro area, to grow library capacity to provide effective K-12 student support, to tie LVCCLD learning programs to school district core standards in education, and to bolster parents and caregivers with critical tools for their children's success in school and life. Project partners included: Windsong Trust, MGM Resorts, United Way of Southern Nevada provided project match dollars (current and future years, raised by using the LSTA grant as a challenge grant); 8 LVCCLD library branch youth services staff teams
Readers, Makers, Thinkers Programming
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $9,696.00
Grantee: Lyon County Library
Match Funds: $3,587.78
The Lyon County Library’s goal is to transform the Yerington Branch into a “Family Place Library.” The "Family Place Libraries" initiative is a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Core components of a Family Place Library include having specialized collections, spaces, and community partnerships that support early childhood development, parent education and engagement, and family support. To help achieve this goal, the Yerington library’s children’s area was renovated, interactive/play based furniture was purchased, special STEM kits were added to the children’s collection, and a series of STEM workshops was held in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and the Yerington Paiute Tribe. Our current space is now more suitable to sustain the open library area programming that we envisioned and we now have a more maker space friendly area for kids as well.
Imagine, Create, 3D Print
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $12,828.00
Grantee: Mineral County Library
Match Funds: $3,472.98
The people of Mineral County do not have urban resources such as large museums, universities, art centers, and movie theaters. This is a rural area and the library is the one entity that engages all ages and tailors its efforts to provide lifelong learning and opportunities that are not locally available. In an effort to offer a creative, eye-opening opportunity to this community, Mineral County Library acquired a high quality, industrial grade 3D printer and accessories which provided creative and technological benefits for patrons as they saw a design idea go to creation very quickly. By providing a high-tech yet functional tool accessible to the average person, the library opened up possibilities for skill development in areas that touch upon the industrial, the artistic, the academic, and the mechanical. This project expanded the world of our patrons and encouraged them to dream possibilities.
NLC Strategic Planning Project
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $49,962.98
Grantee: Nevada Library Cooperative
Match Funds: $40,686.34
The Nevada Library Cooperative (NLC) was formed in 1981 under the name Cooperative Libraries Automated Network (CLAN) in order to assist members in transitioning to automated systems and better utilize early computer technology through sharing an integrated library system. At its height, consortium membership was some 31 member entities representing the entire state outside of Washoe and Clark Counties; current membership numbers 19 libraries representing 42 individual outlets. While the broader library field has experienced tremendous growth and innovation with services and technology, NLC has not re-calibrated its mission to reflect that evolution. For this project, the Nevada Library Cooperative hired a professional consultant to facilitate a state-wide strategic planning project, including multiple site visits, focus groups and meetings to determine member needs and priorities. The resulting products were a thorough Needs Assessment and a Five Year Strategic Plan that was formally adopted by the membership in an unprecedented meeting attendance. The plan brought the organization into compliance with state law, reinvigorated the membership and launched the renaissance of the NV Library CoOp.
Statewide Continuing Education
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $87,868.98
Grantee: Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Match Funds: $0.00
The Continuing Education (CE) project supports 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; in order to be fully prepared for this overarching community education mission, library staff themselves need to have access to professional development opportunities. The Nevada State Library has undertaken to provide professional development and promote national best practices for 21st Century librarian-ship through a number of avenues, including offering microgrants to trainings and conferences; procuring prepaid real time and asynchronous online course seats; providing support to the annual Nevada Library Association conference; hosting webinars on statewide initiatives, and grantwriting; implementing the Virtual Reality Emerging Technology Early Adopter Program (ETEAP)/Libraries=Education program, and creating a comprehensive curriculum to train Nevada library trustees. New for this year: an LSTA funded CE consultant was hired in January 2019, thereby more than doubling our institutional capacity and allowing for both a broader and deeper reach. The CE Consultant provided general CE guidance as well as in-depth consultation on Nevada’s statewide Extended Reality (XR) and Workforce Development projects.
NLV Creation Station
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $50,040.00
Grantee: North Las Vegas Library District
Match Funds: $11,289.00
The NLV Library District created mobile Makerspace kits that could be rotated between our three branches to provide patrons with a wide variety of resources. The kits covered Coding, Engineering & Building, Multimedia & Robotics, General Science, and Tinkering. The purpose of the kits was to spark an interest and excitement in STEM learning/careers by providing hands-on experiences for our patrons. Some of the activities, like the Steam Spots and Creation Station Workshops were open ended and patron driven; allowing participants to explore with minimal staff direction, while others activities were instructor led classes, targeting specific concepts and skills. Our target audience was school aged children and teens, and the majority of programming focused on the 6 - 14 age group, although we also incorporated some preschool programs. The results were overwhelmingly positive, based on the number of families that repeatedly signed up for programs, the number of people that attend the programs and the positive comments that we received. Project partners: Nevada Work Force Connections is an existing partner working with libraries on work force training/development. They recently provided one 3D printer and training for staff; because we utilized the grant funds to purchase the same 3D printers for our other 2 locations, the training covered staff at all branches. They also provided a STEM career booklet for kids, demos for staff on various equipment and assisted us in making purchasing decisions on the equipment selected.
AWE Literacy Tablets
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $18,942.85
Grantee: Pershing County Library
Match Funds: $2,072.00
Pershing County Library staff purchased three AWE Early Literacy Station Bilingual Tablets for use by children ages 2-8, two AfterSchool Edge Tablets for use by children ages 6-12, and a Tech Tub for secure storage. It was our objective that these literacy tablets would help ready our youngest patrons for kindergarten and introduce them to concepts that correlate to both Common Core and academic standards for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math (STREAM). We also hoped that young patrons over age six would use the AfterSchool Edge Tablets to help cement STREAM concepts learned at school. In addition to the tablets, we purchased library materials and Playaway audiobooks to enhance our STREAM collections. Patrons who used the tablets used them alone or with a friend. Very few had parental involvement except to assist with basic use of the tablets. Because of this, we were not able to collect data on improved literacy or school readiness. Patrons did not complete weekly sessions, but rather chose to play games they were familiar with or, perhaps, games they were good at.
Building the Piplelines: Large Scale Digitization Models for Nevada Cultural Heritage
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $71,796.91
Grantee: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Match Funds: $10,503.38
This project focused on: (1) digitization and on-line delivery of archival collections using rapid-capture digitization practices and (2) documentation and sharing of these models with other cultural heritage institutions in Nevada. The completed project produced 55,000 digitized pages of records documenting the history of water management in southern Nevada. These are some of the most-often requested physical materials in Special Collections and they were difficult to access prior to digitization. Records from the Las Vegas Land and Water Company, the Las Vegas Valley Water District, and the Union Pacific Railroad are now available on-line and are full-text searchable for researchers and the public. UNLV created, refined, and documented a model for the large-scale digitization of fragile text documents, and shared it via a free workshop for Nevada library and archives staff. The workshop served multiple goals. It provided a comprehensive overview of the completed grant project and promoted the new collection to other cultural heritage organizations in the state, while it also served as a detailed case study and example of the large-scale digitization model shared in the education sessions. Finally, the workshop provided a venue for networking among the community of NV digitization practitioners encouraging future collaboration and information-sharing to inform capacity-building across the state. Partners: Las Vegas Valley Water District contributed a letter of support for the project during its conception and The Water District donated Las Vegas Land & Water Company records in 2019 to be digitized and added to the project. During the grant, 3,181 pages of these materials were digitized. The guide for that collection (MS-00912) is available online at: http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/f16w8z and the digital objects can be found at: http://d.library.unlv.edu/digital/search/searchterm/MS-00912.
Nevada Talking Book Services
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $279,002.88
Grantee: Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Match Funds: $33,464.51
Nevada Talking Book Services (NTBS), part of the NLS federal program available to all U.S. residents with an identified handicap preventing them from reading print materials, administered the program to all qualifying Nevadans enrolled in the program, so all may read. NTBS enrolled and provided reading materials, players and some accessories free of charge, in accessible formats they could use. The grant supported the annual cost for the specialized database which allows each patron with a personalized reading experience. This grant also provided funding for staff that circulated books, monitored and updated patron accounts; assisted patrons with book selection, equipment instruction and replacement, helped patrons with the electronic download process, and shared information with potential patrons though outreach efforts. This grant year, staff participated in 10 reader advisory (RA) activities to increase their resources and quality of RA. Additionally, pre and post surveys were sent to 10% of enrolled patrons to determine if patrons noticed improved speed of requests filled. The result is that NTBS patrons were able to read for pleasure, improve their quality of life, and increase their independence. Partners: National Library Service (NLS), a federal program of the Library of Congress, provides the majority of books, all machines and accessories, the download site (BARD) and consultation.
Creating Access to Paul Laxalt's Senatorial Papers
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $90,717.00
Grantee: University of Nevada, Reno
Match Funds: $9,094.00
The intent of this project was to complete the processing of the Paul Laxalt U. S. Senatorial Papers in order to provide better access for the public and to enhance the discoverability of primary sources on public lands and natural resources in the West. In order to do so, we hired a Project Archivist and two student assistants. We also sent audio and visual materials out for digitization as preservation to ensure that the content could be preserved and accessed. Other activities involved the arrangement of the collection into a total of nine series, the creation of a detailed finding aid, and project promotion. We were able to process the collection in more detail than originally anticipated, resulting in folder level descriptions for nearly all of the collection. The finding aid is currently our ninth most popular collection out of the 2071 collections we currently have in our manuscripts finding aids database.
WNC Library Reimagined
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $100,000.00
Grantee: Western Nevada College
Match Funds: $86,757.82
After a 38% decline in library usage over the previous six years, WNC realized the library had to change. To address this growing problem, WNC Library actively developed new partnerships with student and faculty groups and reimagined library services to remove barriers and better meet the needs of these new partners. In doing so, the WNC Library staff and resources have become an influencer and an integral part of WNC life. As a result, the library saw a 78% increase in usage spring 2019 over spring 2018. WNC has hosted transfer days, community night, Nursing orientation, Latino Cohort kickoff, a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents event, and a WNC Foundation event. With the renovations these events have accommodated up to 120 people with space for more, something unprecedented in WNC Library history. Project partners: Western Nevada College- matched LSTA funds dollar for dollar Western Nevada College Foundation- fundraises in support of WNC and the Library NV Energy- Grantor Carson City Rotary Foundation- Granter JoAnn Sheerin in memory of Gary Sheerin-donor Olivia Lloyd- donor Project partners: Western Nevada College- matched LSTA funds dollar for dollar Western Nevada College Foundation- fundraises in support of WNC and the Library NV Energy- Grantor Carson City Rotary Foundation- Granter JoAnn Sheerin in memory of Gary Sheerin-donor Olivia Lloyd- donor
Statewide Workforce Development
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $203,835.06
Grantee: Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Match Funds: $0.00
The purchase of the Nevada Career Explorer (SaaS) allowed NSLAPR to helped connect Nevada library patrons with career information and reference resources to prepare for employment or career advancement in Nevada’s eight (8) priority industry sectors. Maintenance, product training (online) and help-desk technical support were included. Library card validation and custom reference materials were used in marketing and career awareness/work readiness workshops. Further in the predevelopment phase of a proof of concept project with the College of Southern Nevada work included leveraging the NV Career Explorer to expand a workforce development pilot project focused on hemodialysis. The predevelopment work defined how 360 ̊ immersive video and access to virtual and augmented reality (VR / AR) STEM content would allow prospective students to see if the Diagnostic Services Career Pathway was a good fit. Further, if a prospective student enrolled in the CSN program from links in the NV Career Explorer, the library resource would become direct classroom support to the CSN dialysis technician classroom curriculum. This phase of the project’s maturity aimed at understanding a process to execute the pilot and determine feasibility to increase employment in one of Nevada’s key workforce sector s (healthcare) through CSN’s hemodialysis technician certification program. ormal project partners: Nevada Public Library Systems - 21 systems, 87 branches College of Southern Nevada - workforce development department, non credit Califa, Inc. - library consortia Headed2, Career Information Database, SaaS NC Lab, Computational learning for industry 4.0 XR Libraries, Service provider for XR hardware and programming Lifeliqe, 3D Publisher
Public Library Statistics
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $2,750.00
Grantee: Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Match Funds: $0.00
NSLAPR subscribed to Baker and Taylor's Bibliostat Collect survey instrument for the purpose of collecting, evaluating, and reporting library data required by the Public Library Survey administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). All public libraries in the state used Bibliostat Collect to report their annual usage, revenue and expenditures, collection size and usage, and other statistics requested by IMLS. The submissions were reviewed by the NSLAPR library consultant in January and clarification was sought from the libraries as needed. The data set was then submitted to IMLS and all necessary corrections/clarifications were made before the deadline. Libraries are required to complete the annual survey in order to be in compliance with the Minimum Public Library Standards for Nevada. Compliance is necessary in order for libraries to receive state or federal funding.
Rural Bookmobiles
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $26,000.00
Grantee: Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Match Funds: $110,953.00
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. Humboldt: "The Bookmobile has utilized the funds to purchase additions to the collection that have helped in the story time, Summer Learning, and Home-Bound programs that the Bookmobile offers. The Little Golden Books have proved popular by flying off the shelves at each stop, and the Playaways provide an easy source of entertainment for those who are constantly on the go, such as the farmers/ranchers working outside, in machinery and even on horseback." Lincoln: "Our goal this past year for the bookmobile was to bring communities together and the schools since they are such a great distance apart. We wanted to do something different so we choose the “Hands On Bookmobile” to get the community inspired but basically just kept doing our usual bookmobile business." (The project involved going to all the schools and having the children put their hand prints on the bookmobile in bright paint colors. There are photos in Lincoln's final report.)
Information Nevada
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $2,217.27
Grantee: Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Match Funds: $0.00
Information Nevada is a Statewide Initiative dating back to at least 1989 that supports equitable information access within the state. It is a basic responsibility of each library to satisfy the informational needs of its service population, yet many library users have information needs that are beyond the resources of their local libraries. This project recognizes that libraries are not able to have all the information sources that their patrons might need or want. Resources sharing programs, like Information Nevada, step into this information gap to facilitate the sharing of books and information from one library to another.
Micro Grants
State: Nevada
Fiscal Year: 2018
LSTA Funds: $76,855.93
Grantee: Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Match Funds: $17,388.34
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. However, not all Nevada libraries participate in the LSTA subgrant program. Our 5 year plan evaluation findings revealed that libraries were concerned with application and project timelines, and the ability to meet match requirements. Evaluation recommendations were to determine areas/populations of highest need and consider priority funding or a separate pool of funding for those areas/populations. In previous years, smaller, non-competitive grants were offered, but only to public libraries and only for Lifelong Learning projects.To address the findings and increase participation, we piloted non-competitive microgrants for Federal Year 2018. Micro Grants, for projects up to $3,000, have expanded focal areas (Lifelong Learning, Technology/Edge, Institutional Improvement, and Continuing Education), were made available to all types of libraries, and have rolling application deadlines, flexible funding periods, and a match waiver option. Staff outreach and consultation to the smaller libraries was also increased to encourage LSTA subgrant participation. As a Summer Reading microgrants were particularly popular, this project also provided Summer Reading supporting materials to Nevada public libraries.
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