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LSTA Funded Projects

The activities of the division are guided by the following projects funded by the Library Science and Technology Act. These activities are evaluated and adjusted annually, on the federal fiscal cycle, of Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.. Annually, we have the opportunity to redefine what these categorical topics mean to us and how we pursue their intentions (which are bulleted). As we move forward into the next year, we welcome your input on what the library community would like to see happen. While we cannot guarantee we CAN make it happen, we’d like the opportunity to hear your suggestions. Please email or call Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804-692-3792.

21st Century Work Skills

Staff: Assigned consultant: Cindy Church

  • Improve the library workforce (Institutional Capacity)
  • Improve users’ general knowledge and skills (Lifelong Learning)

Activities: Provide synchronous, asynchronous, face to face and virtual learning opportunities for Virginia public library staff.

Leadership/Community Stakeholders: assigned consultant: Kim Armentrout

Activities: This project provides training and professional development to enhance the skills of current library administrators, trustees and Friends groups, enabling them to better meet the rapidly changing environment of community needs and challenges.  Ensures that library directors, their boards and library support organizations understand their appropriate roles and responsibilities; encourages development and improvement of library service throughout the Commonwealth.

Community Based Digital Projects

Assigned consultant: Rose Schooff

  • Improve the library workforce (Institutional Capacity)
  • Improve users’ ability to discover information resources (Information Access)
  • Improve users’ ability to obtain and/or use information resources (Information Access)

Activities: Facilitate digitization of public library collections of yearbooks across the commonwealth via Mass Digitization Project (Lyrasis). Use Omeka.net (digital asset management) and From the Page (transcription software) as resources libraries can use to create and manage public access to digital materials.

Virginia Evergreen Libraries Consortium 

Assigned Consultant: Rose Schooff

  • Improve the library workforce (Institutional Capacity)
  • Improve users’ ability to discover information resources (Information Access)
  • Improve users’ ability to obtain and/or use information resources (Information Access)

Activities: Provide Evergreen, an affordable open source integrated library system, to public libraries in Virginia; provide a 2 day workshop for staff of public libraries that use Evergreen; provide webinar training as needed for public library staff.

Find It Virginia

Assigned Consultant: Rose Schooff; Division Director, Nan Carmack

  • Improve users’ ability to discover information resources (Information Access)
  • Improve users’ ability to obtain and/or use information resources (Information Access)

Activities: Provide a suite of products that enables users to find magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedias and other reference works, TV and radio transcripts, company information and investment reports, health and wellness information, plus photos, charts, maps, diagrams, and illustrations.   Users also have the ability to digitally download popular magazines and e-reader content. Homework help is offered to students grades 3-12 for tutoring in Math, Science, English & SAT, and is available during the school year  Monday-Thursday 3pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-3pm.

WordPress Library Websites 

Assigned Consultant: Rose Schooff

  • Improve users’ ability to discover information resources (Information Access)
  • Improve users’ ability to obtain and/or use information resources (Information Access)

Activities: Provide WordPress sites, training and support to help public libraries create and/or maintain Web sites for their patrons.

School Readiness

Assigned Consultant: Sue La Paro

  • Improve users’ ability to apply information that furthers their parenting and family skills (Human Services)
  • Improve the library workforce (Institutional Capacity)
  • Improver users’ general knowledge and skills (Lifelong Learning)

Activities: In order to foster the development of the evolving neighborhood/community library as a center for lifelong learning and civic engagement the Library of Virginia is

  • creating an online school readiness program that support the program of 1,000 books before kindergarten and 1,000 age appropriate activities before Kindergarten.
  • Offering a Winter Reading Program for public libraries to implement for young children.
  • Begin updating the online Family Literacy Calendar daybydayva.org
  • Provide training, primarily to Public Library Staff, but as topic allows to other agencies and organizations.

Each program has a strong parent/special adult engagement features, but the target audience is young children with the expected outcome that more of children in Virginia are going to school ready to learn.  The added benefit is that children’s library staff will be more aware of age appropriate learning activities for young children.

Summer and Out of School Learning

Assigned Consultant: Sue La Paro

  • Improve users’ general knowledge and skills (Lifelong Learning)
  • Improve users’ ability to obtain and/or use information resources (Information Access)
  • Improve users’ ability to apply information that furthers their personal or family health & wellness (Human Services)

Activities:  In order to foster the development of the evolving neighborhood/community library as a center for lifelong learning and civic engagement the Library of Virginia is

  • Offering an training materials and program support materials for summer reading/learning program
  • Offering an online summer reading and learning program which tracks reading and learn through points and badges
  • Providing STEM Resource Hubs or STEM program materials and training in public libraries to use and share with community organizations
  • Nature backpacks which allow free access to Virginia State Parks and learning materials
  • E-books for children to provide a core collection of materials available through home and library access.
  • Coaching training to library staff support change and learning.

 

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