Oregon Competitive LSTA Grants Funded in 2015

Albany Public Library; Lebanon Public Library; Linn-Benton Community College
Linn County Cooperative Libraries, Year 2
Grant:15-06-2m††††††††††† Grant Award:$47,676

In spring 2014 the Linn County Cooperative Libraries project used LSTA funds to migrate the holdings of the Scio, Sweet Home, and Harrisburg libraries to the ILS shared by the Albany, Lebanon and Linn-Benton Community College Libraries. In 2015 the project is creating a website to be used by county residents to access statewide databases and the catalog. The Linn Libraries Consortium is establishing a resource sharing and delivery system as well as continuing training, holdings clean up, and software configuration.

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Baker County Library District
Baker County Pre-K Links
Grant:15-01-4p†††††††††††† Grant Award:$42,400

The Baker County Library District Pre-K Links projects will improve conditions for student success by increasing parental involvement with early learning activities. Identical, internet capable tablets will be placed in the public library and preschools, preloaded with early-learning applications that support the curriculum. A preliminary questionnaire will assess parents' information literacy skills regarding effective use of the internet to address family needs. Mandatory training prior to checking out a tablet will include instruction on how to use the device and learning apps, plus build skills in identifying online resources that target the needs indicated on the questionnaire. Changes in parental involvement will be tracked by the preschools, comparing attendance and participation levels pre and post project. Participating families will be registered for the Ready 2 Learn program to ensure an on-going connection with early learning resources and activities.

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Hood River County Library District
Odell Outreach: Reaching Out to Hood River County's Adult Spanish Speakers, Year 2
Grant:15-03-1p†††††††††††† Grant Award:$25,319

Hood River County has a large and historically underserved Latino population, especially in the community of Odell in the Hood River Valley. Hood River County Library District improved service to Spanish speakers by expanding the hours and scope of its outreach specialist. In this second year of the project, the outreach specialist will continue to coordinate and deliver literacy services in the county with an emphasis on Odell.† She will build relationships with stakeholders and expand program offerings.  

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Josephine Community Libraries, Inc.
Expanding Opportunities Program Year 3
Grant:15-05-4p†††††††††††† Grant Award:$70,892

The Expanding Opportunities Program seeks to meet the needs of citizens looking to improve their lives in the areas of education, employability, and entrepreneurship; specifically by partnering with service providers and delivering information literacy workshops on resources available through the libraries. Year 1 of the program emphasized program setup and needs assessment. Year 2 is expanding offerings to meet the information literacy needs of the target audience. Year 3 will be about refining and replicating the program, and will include assessment of Year 3 partner needs, further development of the Library Ambassadors, development and delivery of four new presentations, exploration of new ideas for extending the reach of the library and mitigating the digital divide, and packaging of the program for replication.

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Multnomah County Library
Evaluating Listos Para El Kinder
Grant:15-07-3p†††††††††††† Grant Award:$29,576

In year one of two, the Multnomah County Library will carry out a process evaluation designed to collect information that will be used to improve the program's impact on kindergarten readiness for Spanish-speaking children; determine what modifications might be needed and implement those program modifications; and add to the growing body of knowledge about what approaches work best for Spanish-speaking children entering kindergarten. This grant follows project 12-03-3p Listos Para Aprender.

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Oregon Department of Geology & Mineral Industries
Historic Mining and Minerals Records
Grant:15-08-2e†††††††††††† Grant Award:$39,962

Significant, often fragile historic mining records are scattered in small collections at historical societies, libraries, museums, and local and state government offices across Oregon. The information contained in these records is used to identify natural, industrial and physical hazards and natural resources. This project will: 1) conduct a pilot project to assemble and digitize files held by Baker County, by historical societies in western Jackson and Josephine counties, and Dept. of Oregon Geology and Mineral Industries' (DOGAMI) Mined Land Regulation and Reclamation Program 2) prepare metadata, organize and serve the files on the DOGAMI website and 3) prepare an inventory of such resources held by other historical societies, local libraries, etc.

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Oregon Health & Science University
Public Health in Oregon: Accessing Historical Data for Scientific Discovery
Grant:15-09-2a†††††††††††† Grant Award:$40,684

The Oregon Health and Science University archives hold extensive 19th -20th century collections documenting public health in Oregon. Many of the records deal with under-served populations including rural communities, the disabled, the mentally ill, ethnic minorities and adolescents. This valuable research is not digitally accessible, which hinders modern research. The project will digitize such materials and extract data from a curated selection for research, teaching and scientific discovery.

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Ready to Learn Coalition
Project Ready to Learn, Year 3
Grant:15-04-1m††††††††††† Grant Award:$183,836

The objective of the Ready 2 Learn project is to address Oregon's 40/20/20 Vision by addressing pre-kindergarten education. Year two is managed by a program coordinator, with two part-time outreach staff workers.† A coalition of public libraries and partners in Union, Umatilla, Grant, Baker and Wallowa counties participates.† The libraries issue Ready 2 Learn cards to children ages 0-5.† Each time a book is checked out or a library program is attended, children accrue a minimum of $.02 per activity with the Oregon College Savings Plan. Libraries also send and hand out monthly newlsletters with early learning objectives to parents. Kindergarten Readiness Assessment scores will be compared with a group not participating as the project progresses.

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Sage Library System
A Clean Slate: Increasing Cataloging Capacity in the Sage Library System, Year 2
Grant:15-02-2m††††††††††† Grant Award:$47,704

The Sage Library System covers half of the state of Oregon, including over 70 libraries of various types. Unfortunately, the varying skill levels in the system paired with growth in the consortium have resulted in an inconsistent bibliographic database. This frustrates patrons who use our online catalog and makes it difficult for them to find what they want. Sage hired a full-time Cataloging Specialist to train Sage members in cataloging, 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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University of Oregon Libraries
Next Generation Newspaper Preservation
Grant:15-10-2a†††††††††††† Grant Award:$106,000

Next Generation Newspaper Preservation project provides the base equipment and infrastructure to continue to preserve Oregonís newspaper content through digitization as the current microfilming infrastructure becomes obsolete. Following the recommendation in the Oregon State Library consultantís report, ďOregon's Digital Collections: Recommendations,Ē this project extends the existing Oregon Digital Newspaper Program, which is primarily a microfilm digitization program to-date, by developing a process for preserving Oregonís newspapers through direct digitization. The Next Generation Newspaper Preservation will acquire the equipment needed for direct digitization, work with three different Oregon newspapers to create a model digitization workflow for preservation, and develop a cost model of digitization for preservation of and access to Oregonís newspapers.

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Extending Service to the Unserved Grant Program Ended with 2014 Grants