Iowa Library Sevices is pleased to award 63 Library Technology Grants to 97 Iowa libraries from technology funds allocated by the Iowa Legislature during the 2013 session. 194 grant applications were submitted representing 255 libraries. Grant awards range from $804.98 for a single library with a single project to $13,499.10 to a group of 9 libraries in one county.
Awarded projects represent a wide ranging uses of technology in libraries. From replacing outdated staff and public computers and installing new wireless routers to teaching young people computer science with the Raspberry Pi, and a Minecraft project for teens, all the winning applications made a strong case for how the use of technology would improve the lives of Iowa citizens. E-Readers and tablets are in great demand, both to circulate to patrons and to enable staff to assist e-reader and tablet using patrons. Several of the awards will help libraries roll out e-reader programs.
The awards are evenly distributed throughout the state and awarded to all sizes of public libraries and a few academic libraries. The applications proved that there is a great need to add, upgrade and replace all sorts of computers and other equipment in the libraries. By using roughly half of the funds allocated to Iowa Library Services, the impact on the equipment, programs and services offered by Iowa libraries will be profound.
Many thanks go to the grant reviewers: Pat Dawson, Marie Harms, Mary Heinzman, Catherine Noble, Nancy Medema, Maryann Mori.
Awarded libraries and groups of libraries are expected to sign a grant agreement, submit a report to the Iowa Legislature by March 1, and apply for reimbursement. The projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.