Oregon LSTA Grants Funded in 2014

Albany PL.; Lebanon PL.; Linn-Benton CC
Linn County Cooperative Library System
Grant:  14-01-2p             Grant Award:  $67,558

In the summer of 2012, the combined libraries of the cities of Albany and Lebanon as well as Linn-Benton Community College migrated their holdings and patron databases to a shared Evergreen ILS, and called its system the Linn Consortium. This project extends the shared ILS to include other interested public libraries within Linn County. The benefits of doing are several fold, including lowering maintenance costs, and sharing technical assistance.  This proposal also provides for consultation and assistance for libraries to establish a new or improved web presence, including a union catalog. Year two will enable patron-initiated requesting and courier service.

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Hood River County Library District
Odell Outreach: Reaching Out to Hood River County's Adult Spanish Speakers
Grant:  14-02-1p             Grant Award:  $24,072

Hood River County has a large and historically-underserved Spanish-speaking population, especially in the community of Odell in the Hood River Valley. Hood River County Library District will better serve Spanish-speakers by expanding the hours and scope of its outreach librarian. Currently shared half-time at another agency, this individual would be brought on full-time at the library for two years. With expanded hours, they would coordinate and deliver literacy services in the county with a special emphasis on Odell by bringing together stakeholders in literacy, expanding offerings, publicizing within the community, and bringing regular library service to Odell.

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Josephine Community Libraries, Inc.
Expanding Opportunities Program Year 2
Grant:  14-03-4p             Grant Award:  $68,343

Josephine County has lower rates of high school and college graduates and higher rates of unemployment than the rest of the state. Business enterprises can use more support to succeed, grow, and hire more employees. The Expanding Opportunities Program seeks to meet the needs of Josephine County citizens looking to develop their prospects and improve their lives in the areas of education, employability, and entrepreneurship; specifically by partnering with local service providers and delivering information literacy training workshops on the resources and technology available through the library system. Year one of the program emphasizes program setup, needs assessment, and connection with partnering organizations. Year two will focus, refine, and grow the program offerings to meet the information literacy needs of the target audience.

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Ready to Learn Coalition
Project Ready to Learn, Year 2
Grant:  14-04-1p             Grant Award:  $168,669

The objective of the Ready to Learn project is to address Oregon’s 40/20/20 Vision by addressing early childhood education. Year one of Project Ready to Learn is currently underway and being managed by a Program Coordinator, three Outreach Staff Workers and a coalition of public libraries and partners in Union, Umatilla, Grant, Baker and Wallowa Counties.  Ready to Learn library cards have been issued to families of children birth through age five.  Each time a book is checked out or a library program is attended children accrue $.02 per activity. The accumulated credits are being deposited into an Oregon College Savings Plan Account connecting early learning and kindergarten readiness with college attendance as an end goal. In addition to incentivizing library use, monthly newsletters and early learning objectives are the focus of programs of quarterly parent trainings. Kindergarten Readiness Assessment scores will be compared with non-Ready to Learn participants upon completion of the program.

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Sage Library System
A Clean Slate: Increasing Cataloging Capacity in the Sage Library System
Grant:  14-05-2m            Grant Award:  $45,471

The Sage Library System covers literally half of the state of Oregon, including over 70 libraries of various types. Unfortunately, the varying skills levels in the system, paired with recent growth in the consortium, has resulted in an inconsistent bibliographic database. This frustrates patrons who use the online catalog (http://catalog.sage.eou.edu) and makes it difficult for them to find what they want. Sage seeks funds to hire a fulltime Cataloging Specialist to train Sage members in cataloging.  They will also clear up database inconsistencies, and lay the groundwork for consistent cataloging so that Sage can better connect its patrons with the items they want.

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Oregon LSTA Grants Awarded in 2013 but using Federal Fiscal Year 2014 funds       

Coos Bay Public Library
Gadget Gallery
Grant:  14-06-2p (originally grant 13-01-2p)           Grant Award:  $5,400

As more digital library materials and services are offered, library staff find themselves falling behind the technology offered. The Gadget Gallery project will allow library staff to learn how to effectively use downloadable materials and in turn be able to train and assist patrons with these devices and materials. 

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Oregon State University
Development and Management of Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Mobile Project
Grant:  14-07-2a (originally grant 13-06-2a)           Grant Award:  $68,635

OSU will create a web-based tool, optimized for use in a mobile environment that takes the University of Oregon’s Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest collection, and makes it accessible to users in a mobile app, leveraging the tools and capabilities that the mobile environment provide.  Building Oregon is a traditional digital collection of approximately 20,000 images representing approximately 5,000 cultural properties from nearly 500 sites. Once the mobile tool has been created, OSU Libraries will release the framework on open source code repositories, like GitHub, for other libraries with digital collections to use to mount their own digital collections or repurpose existing digital collections in a mobile environment.

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Pacific University Library
Washington County Oral Histories: A Planning Grant
Grant:  14-08-1m (originally grant 13-07-1m)          Grant Award:  $36,809

This project will survey Washington County’s existing oral history collections and plan for the curation of new oral histories. It will identify under-represented communities within the county whose experiences are not well documented, yet are of vital interest to preserve. The project will involve the communities themselves in selecting the most crucially important stories to record and preserve. Finally, this project will recommend a plan for preserving and making existing oral histories available online. The URL of the Washington County Heritage Online project is: http://washingtoncountyheritage.org/cdm/.

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