GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford College’s Hege Library has been awarded a $49,232 grant to be used for the Digital Suitcase, a project to serve a wide community of students.
Those students include ones who are studying abroad, conducting independent research projects and participating in small, high-level courses.
LSTA funds awarded by the State Library of North Carolina are made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities.
At Hege Library, the LSTA grant will be used to purchase 100 iPad minis and accessories.
Library Director Suzanne Bartels said that the grant has “provided us with a timely opportunity to explore and leverage tablet and mobile learning in a variety of ways, and to support research and experiential learning, the hallmark of a Guilford education.”
Hege Library received one of the 42 competitive grants for fiscal year 2013-14 awarded to North Carolina libraries from this year’s federal allotment of $4,171,823.
The LSTA grant program administered by the State Library of North Carolina funds library projects across the state that advance literacy and lifelong learning, expand access to library resources and expertise, promote partnerships and collaboration, and digitize materials important to the state’s cultural heritage.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
Through the LSTA Grants to States program, IMLS provides funds to State Library agencies using a population-based formula.
State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through competitive subgrants to public, academic, school, special and research libraries.
To learn more about the institute, please visit http://www.imls.gov.
For more information about North Carolina’s LSTA program visit the State Library of North Carolina’s LSTA Web page at http://www.statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ld/grants/lsta.html or contact the State Library’s federal programs consultant at 919-807-7400.