Graphic with State Library Logo LSTA Grants and IMLS logo
December 20, 2019

The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that the State Library Board recently awarded $189,680 in grants to one university, one school, and two public libraries.  Federal funding for the grants is from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Ashland University Library was awarded an Ohio LSTA Literacy Grant. The purpose of the Literacy Grant is to support the library’s role in the learning experience where literacy is defined as the ability to read, write, and interact across a range of platforms and tools, and encompasses early literacy, digital literacy, functional literacy, and others.

Bloom Carroll Local Schools was awarded an Ohio LSTA Partnership Grant. The purpose of the Partnership Grant is to assist libraries in providing new and innovative ways of providing services to users and potential users and assist in reaching individuals at a range of locations and through a variety of methods.

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County and Bloom Carroll Local Schools were awarded Ohio LSTA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Grants. The purpose of the STEM or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Grant is to assist libraries in preparing youth to be active learners and provide youth who will be the workforce of tomorrow with a competitive edge in a globalized, high-tech marketplace.

The awarded grants include:

Ashland University Library

AUL was awarded $30,427 in federal funds to support an Information Literacy project that will provide library access to first-year students via an active-learning classroom.  The project will foster collaborative learning and include a robust range of technology, including the ability to digitally project images and data around the room to small groups or the entire classroom.  This project supports the LSTA Five-Year Plan Goal 1, “Learning: Engaging and empowering learning experiences,” and the IMLS focal area of “Institutional Capacity” by providing the classroom technology, physical layout and active learning methods needed for all Ashland University Library instruction classes.

Bloom Carroll Local Schools

Bloom Carroll High School was awarded $50,000 in federal funds to support the development of a STEM/STEAM lab focusing on preparing students to advance in STEM/STEAM-related career fields. With the addition of hands-on technology, students will further develop their creativity, higher-level thinking skills, design skills, and college and/or career readiness.  This project supports the LSTA Five-Year Plan Goal 1, “Learning: Engaging and empowering learning experiences,” and the IMLS focal area of “Institutional Capacity” by providing STEM/STEAM technology to BCHS students and staff.

Columbiana Public Library

In partnership with East Palestine Memorial Public Library, Lepper Public Library, Salem Public Library, and Wellsville Carnegie Public Library, Columbiana Public Library was awarded $99,676 in federal funds to form a library consortium with a common Integrated Library System.  Each partnering library has their own cost-share responsibilities, data migration schedule, staff training schedule, and will adhere to the consortia-wide contract and marketing plan. This project supports the LSTA Five-Year Plan Goal 2, “Community: Community anchor institutions,” and the IMLS focal area of “Institutional Capacity” by providing a shared catalog to the vast majority of residents within Columbiana County.

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

PLYMC was awarded $9,577 in federal funds to support a training program designed to engage library staff members and further their knowledge of STEM-related family engagement programming possibilities.  It is the intention of this project to assist in closing the proficiency gaps among math and science students within the school districts of Mahoning County.  This project supports the LSTA Five-Year Plan Goal 1, “Learning: Engaging and empowering learning experiences,” and the IMLS focal area of “Lifelong Learning” by providing training to PLYMC library staff.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov