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Free SIPA Services and Grants Webinar

Do You Know About SIPA?

SIPA (https://www.colorado.gov/sipa) stands for the Statewide Internet Portal Authority.  SIPA was formed by the Colorado General Assembly to provide efficient and effective e-Government services for Colorado government entities and their citizens through the use of modern business practices and innovative technology.

Some of the services they provide – at free or discounted cost – include, but are not limited to:
– Payment Processing
– Event Registration
– Websites on Colorado.gov
– Google Apps for Government

SIPA also offers micro-grants to help you improve and streamline services that will assist in providing more information and technology online to citizens. In the past, these grants have been used for everything from scanners to funding historic newspaper digitization.

Briana Milligan from Colorado’s SIPA will share the possibilities and power of working with SIPA. She’ll also tell us more about their upcoming fall grant cycle.

Join us at 12:00 on October 9th to learn more about what SIPA and SIPA’s grants can do for your library and community.  This webinar will be hosted  by Christine Kreger and Mary McCarthy of the Colorado State Library.

Webinar access:

2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries

DUE: August 1, 2012

The Colorado State Library has announced competitive grants for fiscal year 2012-2013 through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program, designed to distribute federal funds to eligible school, public, academic or special libraries. Total amount awarded during this funding period will be approximately $300,000.
For the purpose of this grant, project activities must focus on either community/outreach services or youth services in one or more of the following areas: Continue reading ‘2012-13 LSTA Grants Available for School, Public, Academic & Special Libraries’

First issue of “YS News” now available

Check out the first issue of the new monthly newsletter for youth services librarians! YS News will feature articles on learning development, summer reading updates, timely tidbits like grant opportunities and interesting resources, children’s and teen literature news, and an exchange of what’s going on in CO libraries.

See the first issue here (PDF)

Would you like to see a topic covered in the newsletter? Want to share info about your programs? Or perhaps contribute an article? Contact the State Library’s Youth & Family Services Consultant, Beth Crist, 303-866-6908.

Apply Now for a 2012 Summer Reading Mini-Grant

Public libraries may now apply for a 2012 Summer Reading mini-grant! The Colorado State Library will award a limited number of mini-grants of $200 each for public libraries to support, enhance, and promote the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) statewide summer reading themes in their local communities.

The themes for 2012 are “Dream Big – READ!” (children), “Own the Night” (teens), and “Between the Covers” (adults). Priority will be given to libraries below 10,000 Legal Service Area population and libraries in non-metro locations. Per IMLS guidelines, the mini-grant funding should be spent on books.
Summer Reading 2012
To be eligible for a 2012 mini-grant, libraries must have submitted the 2011 summer reading report AND be registered for the 2012 statewide summer reading themes.


DEADLINE: Friday, January 31, 2012

Beth Crist, 303-866-6908
Youth & Family Services Consultant, Colorado State Library

LSTA Grants Awarded

The Colorado State Library has awarded grants totaling almost $200,000 to 1 library consortium, 1 BOCES, 1 school district, 1 academic library, and 6 public libraries for innovative projects designed to improve library services and life?long learning.

The proposals are funded through the federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) allocation to the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado State Library.  All grants addressed a goal in the long?range plan that states: “Colorado students and adult learners will receive services from libraries and librarians that support educational achievement and lifelong learning.”

Complete List of Awarded Projects (PDF)

Colorado State Library Awards 71 Summer Reading Mini-Grants

The Colorado State Library announced today that 71 public library sites across the state will receive statewide summer reading program mini-grants. Each participating library site will receive $200 to put toward purchasing books related to the 2011 themes: “One World, Many Stories” (children) and “You Are Here” (teens).

2011 Summer Reading Program Mini-Grant Recipients

View the complete list of recipients

CSL Announces Online Town Hall Meetings

FY10-11 LSTA Grant Project Discussion
(RSVP to Melissa Carlson by Friday, June 17th)

  • Monday, June 21st at 12:00PM – 1:00PM
  • Wednesday, June 23rd at 9:00AM – 10:00AM

Bring your questions regarding potential projects addressing this year’s LSTA goal:

“Colorado libraries will provide services to support educational achievement and lifelong learning of Colorado residents, people with disabilities, ethnic populations, institutional residents, and those underserved by libraries.”

The session will begin with a 10 minute overview of this year’s LSTA grant application and timeline. After answering your questions we will open up the session to discuss your project ideas. We can address your technology concerns; tell you if your project fits this year’s goal; help determine if your project is feasible; and much more! Come prepared for a lively discussion! Continue reading ‘CSL Announces Online Town Hall Meetings’

ARRA Grant Money Available for Rural Libraries

During the last week notices were sent concerning grant money that is available for libraries and other community facilities through the USDA’s Rural Development Community Facilities Grant Program. After meeting with local USDA Business and Community Programs Directors, the Colorado State Library would like to share some information with you concerning this opportunity.

Download a PDF of this information

  • This money is being offered through ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).
  • The funds will help rural communities up to 20,000 in population to improve their community facilities (including libraries), enhance educational opportunities, and improve economic conditions. Specifically, eligible purposes include:
    • Construct, enlarge, extend, or improve essential community facilities
    • Obtain necessary equipment for the operation of these facilities
    • Reasonable fees such as engineering, legal, administrative environmental analysis, surveys, and planning
    • Cost of acquiring interest in land; rights, such as water rights, leases, permits, and rights-of-way Continue reading ‘ARRA Grant Money Available for Rural Libraries’

CMHI-Fort Logan Library Wins $2,500 Grant

The Rene Spitz School Library at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHI-FL) is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. Librarian Kate Elder requested the grant to purchase audiobooks to accompany the library’s most popular books, plus additional bundles of books and audio packaged together.
CMHI-FL is one of Colorado’s two state hospitals providing mental health services for persons with complex, serious, and persistent mental illness. Over 85% of students admitted to CMHI-FL’s residential school program read below grade level. For these students, access to audiobooks provides access to age-appropriate vocabulary and content in materials beyond their reading level. In particular, audiobooks can be an extremely useful learning tool to motivate poor readers, reluctant readers, or struggling readers.
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. is a charitable institute whose purpose is to assist organizations in providing books to children who might otherwise lack access to children’s literature. For more information, see http://www.loislenskicovey.org/index.html.

Libraries awarded grants for key projects

The dust has settled on the 2009-10 LSTA grants to libraries process. With the economy in the state wobbly and libraries doing all they can to scrape by, it’s not surprising that $792,285 worth of grant proposals were submitted, competing for the $400,000 allocated to Colorado through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Teams of grant reviewers, composed of librarians of all types from throughout Colorado, scrutinized every word within each proposal. For a library or library service organization to prepare a top-notch proposal is no small feat, and reviewers took their task just as seriously.

The breadth of proposals, both in terms of content and reach in Colorado, was impressive.  All grants awarded addressed the long-range goal “that Colorado’s residents will be able to access resources and services electronically through libraries to meet their information and learning needs.”

A list of 10 grants awarded for 2009-10 follows below. For more information about the LSTA grant submission and review process, your questions are welcomed by Jean Marie Heilig, LSTA Grant Coordinator (heilig_j@cde.state.co.us)

Continue reading ‘Libraries awarded grants for key projects’