Abstracts of 2014-2015 LSTA Grant Projects

 

Grant Category:         EZ Digitization

Institution/Library:        Forsyth County Public Library

Project Description:
The Forsyth County Public Library has many collections that should be digitized but for the purpose of this grant request we are promoting the legacies of those that have been neglected. Included in this request are large class photographs from the first African American high school in the county that span several decades and the records of one of only two orphanages for African Americans in the state. Several women’s clubs were organized in Winston-Salem in the early 20th century to promote social and political issues that were often not addressed by the male dominated power structure. The library has been the protector of these collections for years and now would like to make them available to a broader audience.  

 

Grant Category:         EZ Digitization

Institution/Library:       Rockingham County Public Library

Project Description:
Rockingham County Public Library (RCPL) is requesting funds from the State Library of North Carolina to digitize portions of its local history and genealogy collection. The target audience for this project is Rockingham County library patrons and individuals from other North Carolina counties interested in local history and genealogy. We will work with Digital NC to digitize and put online the most requested portions of our collection. The majority of these materials will come from the Linda Vernon Genealogy Collection, but related materials throughout the library system will be included. Our primary goal is to provide our audience with increased access to the library’s local history and genealogy collection.

 

Grant Category:          EZ Innovation

Institution/Library:       East Carolina University, J.Y. Joyner Library

Project Description:
The Research Roadmap project will help university researchers by walking them through the proposal process from concept generation to a complete grant application. In doing so, the Roadmap will connect researchers both to university-specific grant resources and to discipline-specific library resources. This Roadmap will be designed as a mobile app in order to garner the widest audience for both the Office of Research and Development and ECU Libraries’ outreach efforts. Designed with new faculty, graduate students, and post-docs in mind, the Research Roadmap will also be flexible enough for established faculty to get reminders or updated information at the point of need. The Research Roadmap proposal addresses the need for individualized attention within the framework of an “anytime, anywhere” world, and it will be built and documented so that other academic libraries and their host research units can adopt and customize it for their own institutions.

 

Grant Category:          EZ Innovation

Institution/Library:        New Hanover County Public Library

Project Description:
The New Hanover County Public Library System is one of the county’s agencies tasked with helping the local population lose weight, exercise more, eat locally available healthful foods, supporting young adults’ and children’s early-literacy initiatives, and encouraging children to learn more about, and enter, STEM careers. The library wishes to add an innovative-and-exciting way to bring all these initiatives together: by purchasing bicycles for adults and children, connecting them to power generators so patrons can pedal for exercise, generate power, and then power locked-down children’s early literacy tablets with preloaded educational software on them. The bicycles and generators will be located at the Main Library and Northeast Library.  A formal search of the literature, and an informal search of the Internet, does not turn up any similar programs at a public library.

 

Grant Category:          EZ Innovation

Institution/Library:        North Carolina State University, NCSU Libraries

Project Description:
Social media platforms have become a venue where serious discourse and creation take place, but the use of social media platforms as a method for building more representative archival collections is still a very new area. With the development of the award-winning lentil (My #HuntLibrary) Instagram harvesting and presentation platform, the NCSU Libraries has taken a leading role in this emerging area. Grant funds would allow us to build on our ongoing work by exploring the potential for integrating a social media collecting program into existing collecting plans addressing events, spaces, and student groups, and other campus units. This project will make a meaningful impact on our ability to develop more representative archival collections involving a wider set of contributors and potentially highly ephemeral content. The outcome of the project will be the implementation of new methods (including software, procedures, and documentation) and the provision of a free web-based toolkit to guide the development of new social media archiving efforts at other institutions.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Innovation

Institution/Library:       University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Health Sciences Library

Project Description:
The Health Sciences Library proposes to: 1.Create a web-based Practice-Based Learning (PBL) module template outlining creation of learning tools appropriate for specialty areas. 2.Contact residency programs not currently receiving our services to describe our increased capacity to develop materials to assist them in providing documented learning related to research evidence in practice. 3.Explore the usage of Evalue (the residency/fellowship web-based program that tracks duty hours, procedures, and evaluations) to increase resident’s knowledge of HSL services. Funds would be used for a part-time librarian tasked with creating and fulfilling the above mentioned objectives to improve resident information competency education.

 

Grant Category:          EZ Innovation

Institution/Library:        University of North Carolina at Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library

Project Description:
Proximity marketing technology is commonly used by retailers to send promotional materials, such as coupons and newsletters, directly to a consumer’s mobile device. This project proposes to adapt the technology used by businesses for educational and outreach purposes. Wireless and Bluetooth technologies will be used to develop a location-based mobile application to push library news and research notifications to students. This project aims to facilitate more effective outreach to student populations and increase awareness and use of library resources and services.

 

Grant Category:          EZ Innovation

Institution/Library:        University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries

Project Description:
As the demand for maker-related resources increases, librarians serving in both the academic and public setting will be expected to be able to manage, handle, and repair these cutting-edge resources. Librarians will also be expected to coordinate patrons’ needs with new innovative technologies, to research and present on trends in a rapidly-changing pedagogical environment, and to do so within the context of methods which depend heavily on trial and error. By offering skilled support and a safe learning environment, both current librarians and Library Science students will receive the training and education they need to work in libraries with a makerspace presence.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Alamance Community College, Learning Resources Center

Project Description:
The LSTA grant will fund the purchase of 20 laptop computers to be used by students, faculty members and library staff for library orientations, online research, and ACC staff professional development activities. Many of our faculty members do not have an assigned computer lab for their classes. Therefore, a large segment of the college faculty uses the Library’s mobile laptop lab for class time research. Moreover, the LRC will experience a surge in use of the laptops due to the increasing number of English courses and a new course requirement stipulating that all college transfer students take the ACA (College Transfer Success) class. Faculty members have requested use of the Library’s mobile laptop lab as a central hub for the ACA classes, to do research using the library’s resources.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Appalachian Regional Library

Project Description:
Appalachian Regional Library's Story Walks, Story Books, Story Readers project will make reading more accessible and fun to children aged four to eight who are not currently library users.  ARL will create Story Walks at places other than the library. Children and their families will come to the library as a result of their participation in the Story Walks and the library will provide them with library cards, invite them to storytimes, familiarize them with e-readers, and encourage continued reading and use of the library. The primary outcome of our project will be that more young children in our region have increased access to enjoyable reading and library experiences.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Bennett College, Thomas F. Holgate Libary

Project Description:
The focus of this project will be to prepare and equip Bennett students with necessary technology resources and training to data gather and video capture their experiences and exploration of diverse global communities as they travel abroad and in the surrounding communities to create primary documents such as: memoirs, diaries, interviews with people, transcripts of their speeches, photographs of different cultures, videos of the cultural diversity and observations of the different cultures.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Beaufort-Hyde-Martin Regional Library

Project Description:
This project will provide computer classes to serve the students, unemployed, and lifelong learners in the BHM Library System through the use of three mini mobile computer labs.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Brevard College

Project Description:
Brevard College Library would like to purchase 20 iPads and the technology to support them so that its students will get hands-on experience during information literacy classes. We believe this will increase the likelihood that students will retain what is being taught during these classes and help them to become better researchers. Students who are knowledgeable about electronic resources and feel comfortable using them will be better prepared to enter the workforce and able to engage in lifelong learning to enhance their professional and personal lives.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Campbell University, Business School Library

Project Description:
This project is focused on extending the local entrepreneur and small business communities’ understanding, use, and benefit of public libraries (including the NC LIVE collection) by coordinating public library programs with the interests and needs of local economic development agencies.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Caswell County Public Library

Project Description:
The Caswell County Public Library (CCPL) proposes a partnership with the county’s Health Department, Social Services, EMS, and the only three general medical care providers in the county. These partnerships will enable the library to educate the target audience about access to reliable health care information, bring health related programing to Caswell County residents, empower citizens to be able to ask prudent and relevant questions to their primary care physicians during office visits, and impact the county’s overall health by educating them about proper health care.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Catawba County Library

Project Description:
The Catawba County Library will host an eight-week robotics camp for youth ages 12 to 18 years. Through this project, the library will promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career paths and will support learning the 21st century skills that students will need to succeed in the global market.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Central Carolina Community College, CCCC Library

Project Description:
This project aims to foment digital and information literacy and lifelong learning skills by expanding the availability of technology-enhanced collaborative study rooms on the campuses of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC). As a result of project activities, students and other library patrons in Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties will have ready access to spaces for working collaboratively on academic projects while engaging with state-of-the-art information technologies. The planned expansion of technology-enhanced collaboratories – from one room currently to ten across the College’s tri-county service area – responds to a need that has been documented overwhelmingly in recent years by usage statistics and user surveys. More broadly, the creation of these new rooms will help prepare CCCC students more fully for the 21st-century workplace, which demands not only the ability to find and critically evaluate information using digital technologies, but also the ability to deploy these digital and information literacy skills within the framework of group collaboration.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:     Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Project Description:
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will reimagine its storyplace.org website to closely replicate the storytime experience at home or remotely. The re-developed site will incorporate the latest research in early literacy skill development and the Every Child Ready to Read curriculum and be developed so that content can be displayed across multiple platforms including mobile devices.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Duplin County Public Library

Project Description:
The Duplin County Public Library will partner with University of Mount Olive and James Sprunt Community College to offer a Digital Literacy Project that spans all age groups. The project includes providing an AWE Early Literacy Station Bilingual Spanish edition for preschool, day care, and other young children and purchasing eleven desktop computers and four laptop computers to offer computer classes at the library.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Elizabeth City State University, G.R. Little Library

Project Description:
To address the growing need for writing assistance, the G.R. Little Library seeks to partner with the QEP Writing Studio to create and staff a satellite Library Writing Studio located within the G.R. Little Library. The Library Writing Studio will provide services during the evening hours through specially trained Peer Tutors.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Farmville Public Library

Project Description:
The Library will purchase six AWE Digital Learning Solutions computers with educational software and necessary furniture. The Library will use these computers to create and enhance existing children’s programs designed to reach children of all needs and ages. New computers and software will greatly enhance Farmville Public Library’s ability to meet the educational, literacy, and digital literacy needs of all children in the Farmville community.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Fontana Regional Library

Project Description:
The project is designed to foster a learning culture within the Library, focusing on digital literacy, computer skills, and homework help for children and their parents. It will provide current mobile technologies for programming, children’s reference service, and children’s activities by providing AWE stations to all library locations

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Gaston County Public Library

Project Description:
Gaston County Public Library wishes to extend the library’s reach to the Hispanic population in our county. The library will offer individuals of Hispanic descent a welcoming environment, encourage their library usage through a different approach to programming, provide aids to overcome language barriers, encourage general literacy in English, and promote learning and assimilation.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Haywood County Public Library

Project Description:
Plug In and Read: Using Technology to Prepare Young Readers for the Future is a project that aims to better develop the early literacy skills of our youngest library patrons through access to multimedia technologies that will simultaneously enhance their 21st century digital literacy skills.
Plug In and Read will provide the opportunity for young children who may not have access to technology at home to utilize iPads, new computers, digital cameras, camcorders, gaming systems, and more at their local library.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Lees-McRae College, James H. Carson Library

Project Description:
Lees-McRae College will create an information commons in the James H. Carson Library. The learning commons space will contain Macintosh computers with video editing software and students will be able to check out digital cameras and camcorders that can be used to bring audio and video their presentations.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Lincoln County Public Library

Project Description:
The Lincoln County Public Library intends to initiate a CORE (Community Organizations, Resources, and Events) Project which involves developing a database of local organizations, agencies, and resources with information about their services, locations, and events. The library will purchase the Community Profiles software which can be incorporated with its integrated library system (ILS) so patrons can discover information about local organizations and events while doing subject related searches within the library catalog.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Onslow County Public Library

Project Description:
To improve services to children birth through 6 years of age and their parents — a demographic that makes up the bulk of library attendance, but for which the library currently offers no in-house technology — OCPL plans to provide tablets and Early Literacy Station software from AWE Digital Learning Solutions in each of its four branches. The ultimate goal of this project is to provide even the youngest library patrons access to educational technology that provides a foundation for both print and digital literacy while also encouraging the love of reading and development of lifelong skills.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:     Person County Public Library

Project Description:
Person County Public Library seeks to meet the growing need for access to educational and user-friendly computers for two age groups 2 to 6 and 7 to 12 in Person County by providing two AWE early literacy stations. The use of this innovative technology both within the library and through outreach programming  aligns with the Library’s three year strategic plan for fostering life-long learning and literacy.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Sheppard Memorial Library

Project Description:
In order to improve their computer literacy, lifelong learning and success in employment-related pursuits, the patrons of the main branch of the Sheppard Memorial Library need basic computer skills and job-related computer skills instruction, as well as a place to practice and apply their developing skills while receiving continuing assistance. The project will update all of the public computers in the main library’s technology center and a partnership with the Literacy Volunteers of Pitt County and increased library staffing will enable the library to provide formal computer classes as well as increased ongoing assistance in the updated technology center.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       University of North Carolina at Asheville,  Ramsey Library

Project Description:
Ramsey Library proposes the expansion of “Learning Labs for Digital Humanities and the Liberal Arts” that will support media creation and accessible content/universal design in the library. The library will accomplish this: 1) By sound-treating a space for an audio booth for audio editing and recording 2) By providing closed captioning software that will allow users in the newly-created Media Lab to produce accessible content that meets the principles of universal design 3) By improving green screen technology that will support a number of disciplines in video production.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Warren Wilson College, Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library

Project Description:
The Ellison Library proposes to transform an existing space into a vibrant Library Tech Lab that will support both students and faculty as they experiment – together – with new modes of research, collaboration, and instruction.

 

Grant Category:       EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Appalachian Regional Library

Project Description:
In order to provide the most appropriate services with our limited resources, ARL will create a five-year service plan and an operational plan to maximize regional resources. The planning process will accomplish three things: 1) Improve our understanding of our communities’ needs, interests, and priorities; 2) Create service goals and objectives that will meet those needs, and 3) Undertake a region-wide study to determine how to best balance regional and local operational control and how to most efficiently and effectively share the resources spread among five libraries in three counties.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Catawba County Library System

Project Description:
The Catawba County Library System will create a new strategic plan for library service in Catawba County. Library administration and staff will contract with a consultant to lead the project and conduct an assessment of current services and then strategically identify priority goals for increasing alignment between what the library offers and what citizens need. The result of this study will be a relevant long-range strategic plan that staff will use to develop annual budget outcomes that prioritize library service according to community needs.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Central Carolina Community College Library

Project Description:
Central Carolina Community College Libraries propose a space needs assessment and concept plan to keep pace with increased user volume and new, 21st-century demands for digital information access and collaborative working space. The proposed project will assess existing facilities and provide short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations for improving current space utilization and accommodating future services, resources, and technologies in alignment with best practices in 21st-century library administration.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Chapel Hill Public Library

Project Description:
To help meet our strategic goals of increasing the number of library cardholders in our community and raising awareness of the library’s value, Chapel Hill Public Library will develop a Community Engagement Plan. We will work with a consultant to combine our ILS data, demographic data, and market segmentation data to garner a deeper understanding of both current users and non-users. This synthesis of rich data will be analyzed and form the basis of our Community Engagement Plan.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Project Description:
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will undertake a 9-month planning process to identify a new ILS/Discovery platform that will support the seamless integration of all library resources into a single, capable and flexible ILS. This new ILS will provide the fundamental infrastructure for access to Library resources in an increasingly mobile environment. A new ILS has been identified by the Library as a critical component of its new Digital Strategy Plan and its overall Library Strategic Plan for 2014-2017.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library

Project Description:
Knowledge of community needs and expectations concerning public library services throughout the Regional Library service areas is incomplete and disparate. There is a serious lack of both region-wide long-range plans, and interrelated objectives and activities at the local level. The goal of this project is that CPCRL and its member libraries will become knowledgeable about the needs of the public it serves and will then develop and provide superior library materials and services that “match community needs, interests, and priorities” (The New Planning for Results). Another goal is that the library will demonstrate it meets its mission “to be an integral part of the lives of the people in the three counties by providing them with excellent educational, recreational, informational, and cultural services.”

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center

Project Description:
Cumberland County Public Library will complete its current five year plan in FY2015. A planning grant will provide the resources to develop a new five year plan to cover FY16-FY21.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Hickory Public Library

Project Description:
With the guidance and assistance of a consultant, Hickory Public Library will perform a community needs assessment and evaluate current library services. The resulting data will be used to create a new five year strategic plan with attainable, measurable goals and specific objectives that will enable us to provide library services that better meet the needs of our community for the next several years.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       North Carolina Wesleyan College, Pearsall Library

Project Description:
Pearsall Library at North Carolina Wesleyan College will hire a consultant to help library staff develop a strategic long-range plan for the library. This planning process will help library staff understand our users, institutional and external trends, organizational strengths and weaknesses, and the library’s role in support of the institutional mission. This planning project will enable the library to develop a strategic plan that will guide Pearsall Library and its staff in mission-focused service to growing and diverse populations of students and faculty at all Wesleyan campuses for the next five years.

 

Grant Category:         EZ Planning

Institution/Library:       Western Carolina University, Hunter Library

Project Description:
The library will contract with a consultant who will assess current and future needs for library resources and services at Western Carolina University’s Biltmore Park instructional site. The consultant will lead the library and the WCU campus community in a series of discussions and surveys, analyze the results, and prepare a written action plan for future library activities and initiatives at the Biltmore Park site.

 

Grant Category:          Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       Buncombe County Libraries

Project Description:
Pack Memorial Library’s NC Room, home of Buncombe County’s special collection, will partner with the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC) to introduce large format scanning and cataloging of the library’s hard copy architectural drawings. The Asheville/Buncombe area is known for its rich architectural heritage. These drawings include a large and comprehensive collection of drawings from the Six Associates, Inc., one of North Carolina’s most prominent and successful modern architectural firms and other notable architects such as Richard Sharp Smith, Bertram King, Douglas Ellington, Charles N. Parker, W.W. Dodge, Jr., and William H. Lord. Once the in-house collection is scanned, the public will be allowed to bring their architectural drawings to have added to the digital collection. This part of the project will be promoted by PSABC and Buncombe County as the “Scan a Plan” Project.

 

Grant Category:         Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       Catawba County Library System

Project Description:
The Catawba County Library System will implement Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology at the Main Library and St. Stephens Branch. This project will increase library customers’ access to library holdings by utilizing technology that has demonstrated effectiveness in many industries, including libraries, in helping to track inventory and increase work efficiencies. Library customers will also be able to pay fines and fees at the self check-out stations. RFID technology will also help to improve customer service by reducing customers “wait” times and allowing staff to focus on giving more personal service for customers’ needs.

 

Grant Category:         Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       Cleveland County Memorial Library

Project Description:
The Cleveland County Library System and Mauney Memorial Library will implement RFID technology to ensure a uniform user experience across the consortium. The addition of this technology will improve our customer’s circulation transactions, as well as secure the Library’s collections so that users have access to materials when they need them. Users will have increased options with the addition of self-check services and staff that are able to serve them with more one to one assistance.

 

Grant Category:         Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       Duke University, Divinity School Library

Project Description:
The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection is embarking on year three of a three year collaborative project of Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University. The project seeks to bring together, preserve, and provide digital access to the primary materials of religious bodies in North Carolina and will include 8000 volumes of materials representing every county of the state. The collection will include the histories of local religious bodies and publications of larger North Carolina associations that describe the history of religious bodies and their leaders. Materials are digitized primarily from holdings of project partners and enriched by unique materials from over 200 public, university, and college libraries and archives in North Carolina and beyond. Materials will be available via the search interface provided by Internet Archive. The collection will provide new insights into the religious diversity of North Carolina and will be invaluable for original research in a wide variety of disciplines, for exploring religious traditions and the social history of North Carolina, or for gaining information about the history of North Carolina families, communities, and local churches and other houses of worship.

 

Grant Category:         Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       Rowan Public Library

Project Description:
Rowan Public Library will install RFID technology at our Headquarters and East Branch locations. Our main objective is to use RFID technology to increase customer satisfaction by freeing staff to provide value-added service to customers who need personalized help. Headquarters customers would also have the added benefit of self checkout. This technology will also aid the library in maintaining an accurate database of available materials.

 

Grant Category:         Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       University of North Carolina at Charlotte, J. Murrey Atkins Library

Project Description:
Atkins Library Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will continue its digitization project, Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City. Partnering with Johnson C. Smith University’s James B. Duke Memorial Library and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Atkins Library will lead a project to digitize, in total: 145 audio oral history recordings; 6000 pages of bound print materials; and 42,000 pages/images of manuscript materials, including photographs and oversized items such as maps, aerial photographs and scrapbooks. The objective is to make accessible to researchers and the general public materials documenting the enormous economic and social changes in the Charlotte region from approximately 1944 to 1987. This era was chosen for the project because of the rich collections held by Atkins and its partner institutions representing this time of unprecedented and interrelated economic, political, and social change. Digital surrogates and high quality, shareable, standards-compliant metadata will be made available through UNC Charlotte’s Digital Collections at Atkins Library and shared with aggregators including the Digital Public Library of America.

 

Grant Category:         Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       Wayne County Public Library

Project Description:
The library will implement RFID technology in the headquarters library. An RFID system will reduce the time library users spend during the check-out process, reduce user frustration by ensuring a more accurate inventory, and will increase the amount of time staff members have to provide direct service to users.

 

Grant Category:         Project Access & Digitization

Institution/Library:       Western Carolina University, Hunter Library

Project Description:
Hunter Library at Western Carolina University is collaborating with two of the region’s most prestigious collecting institutions: the archives of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) and North Carolina’s Western Regional Archives (WRA) to create Great Smoky Mountains: A Park for America, a digital archive focused on the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The digital collection will contain over 6,000 items organized into an accessible and searchable database. Collections to be digitized include selected papers and photographs from the Appalachian National Park Association, North Carolina Park Commission, Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club. The collection also features the efforts of individuals like Horace Kephart, Jim Thompson, and Albert “Dutch” Roth who were early promoters of the park.  Established in 1934, the park is world renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its landscape, and the endurance of the region’s mountain culture.

 

Grant Category:         Project Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Forsyth County Public Library

Project Description:
Forsyth County Public Library will continue to partner with community agencies in year three of a three year project to improve Library services to people experiencing homelessness and to raise awareness of the issues of homelessness in the community by employing a full-time Peer Support Specialist trained to work with individuals experiencing homelessness, directing them to essential services; providing informational, educational and recreational programs at the Central Library and key branch libraries; conducting sensitivity training on homelessness for Library staff and the community at large; and documenting the grant project measuring outcomes for the population served. Forsyth County Public Library will work toward the sustainability of Library service to people experiencing homelessness by building trust in the population served and by improving Library service to the extent that maintaining a Peer Support Specialist position will become a core service area for the Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem.

 

Grant Category:         Project Literacy & Lifelong Learning

Institution/Library:       Mauney Memorial Library

Project Description:
Mauney Memorial Library, the Kings Mountain Main Street Department and Kings Mountain Economic Development and Planning Department are partnering to assist microenterprise businesses with learning so that they are successful in the 21st century marketplace. Through the grassroots outreach efforts of a technology savvy librarian, business owners in Kings Mountain will develop the confidence, skills, abilities, and knowledge of services and people who can help their business be successful.

 

Grant Category:         NC Cardinal Migration

Institution/Library:       Bladen County Public Library

Project Description:
NC Cardinal Migration Grants fund the costs associated with migrating library records into the NC Cardinal Integrated Library System (ILS). NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of North Carolina public libraries with the goal of sharing resources and expanding opportunities through a single online catalog.

 

Grant Category:         NC Cardinal Migration

Institution/Library:       Brown Library

Project Description:
NC Cardinal Migration Grants fund the costs associated with migrating library records into the NC Cardinal Integrated Library System (ILS). NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of North Carolina public libraries with the goal of sharing resources and expanding opportunities through a single online catalog.

 

Grant Category:         NC Cardinal Migration

Institution/Library:       Harnett County Public Library

Project Description:
NC Cardinal Migration Grants fund the costs associated with migrating library records into the NC Cardinal Integrated Library System (ILS). NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of North Carolina public libraries with the goal of sharing resources and expanding opportunities through a single online catalog.

 

Grant Category:         NC Cardinal Migration

Institution/Library:       Northwestern Regional Library

Project Description:
NC Cardinal Migration Grants fund the costs associated with migrating library records into the NC Cardinal Integrated Library System (ILS). NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of North Carolina public libraries with the goal of sharing resources and expanding opportunities through a single online catalog.

 

Grant Category:         NC Cardinal Migration

Institution/Library:       Rockingham County Library

Project Description:
NC Cardinal Migration Grants fund the costs associated with migrating library records into the NC Cardinal Integrated Library System (ILS). NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of North Carolina public libraries with the goal of sharing resources and expanding opportunities through a single online catalog.

 

Grant Category:         Special Project

Institution/Library:       Edgecombe Community College

Project Description:
Measuring Impact, North Carolina Community College Libraries - Measuring the impact of community college library services on the people who use them has been an ongoing challenge for many years and its importance has increased as public financing of all types of libraries is threatened. This project is year one of a three year study that will create and implement assessments that can be used to establish a link between library services and the success of both students and faculty in North Carolina community colleges. The community college system offers a unique environment for understanding the broad impact of libraries on successful information literacy and lifelong learning because there are fifty-eight institutions that reflect different environment sizes, multiple funding and organization formulas, and there are at least two examples of public library-community college partnerships. The impact of the study will be far reaching as it may establish a national baseline for community college assessment that can be replicated nationwide.

 

Grant Category:         Special Project

Institution/Library:       North Carolina Library Association

Project Description:
NCLA Leadership Institute - The Leadership Institute will continue to foster leadership development opportunities for librarians and library staff across North Carolina. This model provides a forum for library leaders from North Carolina and leadership experts in the industry to facilitate a quality leadership development experience, which is affordable to libraries within the state. Participants are active beyond the initial institute with individual project development and execution which is presented and shared to the association at large.

 

Grant Category:         Special Project

Institution/Library:       University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University Libraries

Project Description:
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center - The NCDHC is a statewide digitization and digital publishing program. The Digital Heritage Center works with cultural heritage institutions across North Carolina to digitize and publish historic materials online. The Digital Heritage Center provides libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions with the opportunity to promote and increase access to their collections through digitization.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Government Heritage Library

Project Description:
Access to State Government Information Initiative (ASGII) A: Digitization and Digital Preservation - ASGII Part A focuses on digital preservation and digitization of state government and related North Carolina information. It supports preservation activities for born-digital and digitized publications, including research, testing, and reporting on emerging digital preservation and access tools. The project supports unified access to print and digital state publications through digitizing and integrating historic state documents into the North Carolina State Publications Collection. It also supports continued capture and preservation of state agency websites and social media accounts used to convey important government produced information. The project supports the development of digital preservation educational materials for government employees and the general public and DIMP staff participation in educational opportunities to advance their professional development in the field.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Government Heritage Library

Project Description:
Access to State Government Information Initiative (ASGII-B) North Carolina State Government Publications Collection - The ASGII‐B project is part of the larger Access to State Government Information Initiative project. This project will enhance access to North Carolina state agency publications by working with agencies to identify both print and digital publications, catalog and describe the publications, create NACO headings for state government agencies, preserve the historic print collection, develop NC MOSAIC, and create educational activities (research guides and presentations). All of these activities give North Carolina citizens and any user of North Carolina government information better access to the important and useful information created by state government. 

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Government Heritage Library

Project Description:
NCpedia Optimization - NCpedia is an online encyclopedia about North Carolina that is available to users everywhere without a subscription. The NCpedia Optimization project will improve the overall user experience and assist users in more easily finding the vast amount of content available through NCpedia.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Library Development

Project Description:
NC Cardinal - NC Cardinal’s mission is to provide North Carolina residents with greater access to North Carolina resources. Specifically, NC Cardinal fulfills its mission by providing the tools, framework and expertise necessary to provide North Carolina residents with greater access to North Carolina resources. Member Libraries agree to share a common, online catalog with the purpose of sharing resources and expanding opportunities for optimization of cost efficiencies and collaborative collection development. The consortium complements and expands a single library’s resource collection, reducing the need to spend dollars on items that are readily obtainable from another consortium library member.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Library Development

Project Description:
NC Knows, Virtual Reference - This project is a collaborative effort of the State Library along with public and academic libraries in North Carolina to provide access to information services anytime and anywhere.  Libraries contribute to the cooperative by responding to contacts from patrons during normal library hours, while a contractor provides back-up and after-hours coverage during the remaining hours.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Library Development

Project Description:
LibGuides for NC Libraries - This project will improve access to the state’s library resources by providing a statewide subscription to the LibGuides content management system and supporting the use of this tool with training for the 80 NC Public Library systems, the 58 NC Community College Libraries and the State Library of NC. It will meet the need of these libraries for an online tool that will facilitate publishing library websites, pathfinders and how-to guides for resources. It is a resource that will facilitate mobile access to library websites, catalogs, e-resources, and calendars. This project will provide training for librarians in new technologies, and in content creation.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Library Development

Project Description:
Raising the Bar - The purpose of this project is to support and develop professional development opportunities for library staff, in order to improve services and resources for the people of North Carolina.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Library Development

Project Description:
Technology Tools for NC Libraries - The purpose of this project is to provide technology tools, management systems, and subscriptions to software that improve the efficiency and efficacy of libraries in North Carolina.

 

Grant Category:         Statewide Leadership Program

Institution/Library:       State Library of North Carolina, Library Development

Project Description:
LSTA Administration - This project funds the majority of LSTA administrative costs incurred by the State Library.