Library Development Programs and Projects

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The grant and support programs and projects developed and managed by the Library Development Services Bureau, for California libraries statewide, are featured here. These opportunities are designed to assist libraries as they reimagine and sustain existing library programs, connect with their communities, foster partnerships, test and implement new technologies, and extend and enhance their library services.

California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) supports the people of the state by providing services to adults with low-literacy and their families through California public libraries
The California Preservation Program (CPP) provides information, education, and expert assistance on preservation of collections to libraries, archives, historical societies, history museums, and records repositories in California.
California Revealed is an initiative to help California’s public libraries digitize, preserve, and serve their local history collections online. Participating libraries identify and select from their collections, create discovery metadata for the selected materials, and send materials together with associated metadata to a digital preservation service managed by the California Preservation Program.
Career Online High School is an educational service offered by Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, which gives adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at the same time. Through this program, California public libraries receive support to offer free COHS scholarships in their communities.
The California Center for the Book aims to help California libraries get their communities reading and connecting, through the development and expansion of programs geared toward adults that promote civic engagement, reading, and lifelong learning.
Early Learning with Families (ELF) 2.0 is a California State Library initiative intended to further the evolution of library services to young children (0-5), their families and caregivers. ELF libraries serve their communities by providing high quality, engaging, family-focused, and developmentally appropriate early learning services that support family strengths and nurture young children's bodies, minds and spirits.
The California State Library is working with The Harwood Institute to support California library staff in adopting the Turning Outward practice. Library professionals who Turn Outward build a deep knowledge of their communities and use the community as the reference point for their choices and judgments concerning library services. More about the Harwood program
The goal of the High-Speed Broadband Project is to bring high-speed broadband to all California public libraries by connecting them to the California Research and Education Network (CalREN)—a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber-optic-based network designed to meet the unique requirements of California's vital public-serving educational institutions.
The Immigrant Alliance Project was created to support libraries statewide as they create, enhance, and extend services to immigrants and their families.
The Innovation Station project aims to create innovation labs in public libraries to encourage middle school students to explore science, technology, and math (STEM)-related activities, so that they will more likely consider STEM careers in the future.
The Libraries Illuminated project helps California public libraries make software and hardware improvements to maximize benefits to patrons as they access new high-speed broadband and Internet connections.
Lunch at the Library provides library staff with tools and technical assistance to develop successful public library summer meal programs and provide children and teens in low-income communities with free and healthy summer lunches, and summer reading and enrichment programs, to help combat hunger and obesity and prevent summer learning loss.
The Maximizing Learning Spaces project provides an opportunity for libraries to receive support to re-examine, plan, evaluate, and reimagine library spaces to maximize their potential as places of learning, literacy, and reading.
The Mental Health Initiative provides training opportunities for public library staff, to learn how to work effectively with patrons affected by mental illness.
The California State Library’s Pitch-an-Idea Program is a competitive LSTA grant process designed to give California libraries the opportunity to present a project idea to the State Library without initially writing a full grant application.
The Public Library Staff Education Program is a tuition reimbursement program developed by the California State Library to assist California public and county law libraries with staff professional development. Funding for credentialed training is provided to enable library staff to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to support valuable programs and services in their communities.
The Rural Initiative directs resources to address the most critical needs identified by California rural libraries.
Summer @ Your Library provides California public library staff with program planning resources, training workshops, a set of quality principles and indicators, statewide summer program outcome statements, and a framework and support for presenting outcomes-based summer programs. Project staff also collect and collate libraries’ summer participation data, work with libraries to develop and test new programming and outreach models, and support a community of practice.
Through this project, the State Library is exploring and demonstrating the value that public libraries provide to their communities and the people who invest in them. This effort aims to bring together the best information about the value of libraries and make it easily accessible through an online clearinghouse.
Through this project, California public libraries work to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families through connecting them to state and federal benefits and services for which they are eligible.
Zip Books is a project that provides resources and support for California public libraries to employ an alternative model to interlibrary loan, based on a buy vs. borrow and direct patron delivery concept.

California State Library Initiatives Book Project

Contacts: Carolyn Brooks

The California State Library provides grant funds and services to California public libraries through several Statewide Initiatives. Your library jurisdiction is eligible to apply for the opportunity to obtain physical resources to update and expand your book collections to support these Initiatives in any of the topic areas listed below:

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Library Staff Development and Partnership Building or Civic Engagement (current community projects) Life Over 50 (any topic areas that meet needs of patrons aged 50 and over)
High Interest, Low Reading Level, upper elementary grades through adult, and Special Needs STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) especially for middle school, Maker Spaces, Virtual Reality, Coding
Summer Reading Programming/Partners Workforce Development
Mental Health, all topic areas/ages Veterans and their families
Early Literacy, family activities, Growth Mindset, and screen-free activities Immigrants, Refugees, and Diversity (any kind)

Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, as funding is limited and not all libraries that apply will receive funding.

Details – This Funding Opportunity is now closed.

This opportunity is offered on a first come, first served basis. We do expect more public libraries to apply than we will be able to fund.

Participation will be by library jurisdiction. To participate, the library director or designee must first complete application form for their jurisdiction.

Terms and procedures

  • This opportunity is for public libraries only, and is offered at the jurisdictional level. All California public library jurisdictions are eligible. Individual branches within a larger system should not apply. Funding will be offered in three tiers: Tier 1, $5,000; Tier 2, $7,500; and Tier 3, $10,000.
  • All participating libraries will receive their funding from this project on a reimbursement basis. To qualify for reimbursement, purchases must be for books in the topic areas listed above.
    Libraries may use these funds to cover minor vendor processing costs, such as book jackets.
  • Libraries may use whatever vendors they choose to obtain the books and the libraries are to submit this Book Vendor Letter to any vendor they select so that the vendors may be fully cognizant of the book and funding requirements. All books must be received by the ordering library no later than September 21, 2018. No backorders past that date will be allowed.
  • Each library must purchase their materials and submit the invoices and packing lists by end of day, September 28, 2018:

    Libraries will be required to submit original invoices and delivery packing lists with each title clearly listed.

    Libraries will pay book vendors directly for their books. Book vendors will NOT bill the funding agent. The funding agent will provide funds directly to the libraries upon receipt of the original invoices and delivery packing lists.

We encourage you to visit the California State Library Initiatives listed above for details about the many Initiatives for supporting public libraries.