August 2013, Volume 5, Issue 7
Check Your Calendars!!
Library Card Sign-up Month
SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood
Banned Books Week
Banned Websites Awareness Day
Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls
Assn. of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference
Sept. 25-28, Omaha
Indian Ed Summit
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013
Teen Read Week
National Friends of Libraries Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
World Book Student now available for iPad and Online Resources for English Language Learners
Technology Grants for Your Local Public Library-Go for it!
Applications for Round 4 due August 9
by Daria Bossman, South Dakota State Librarian
The past year or so has seen an exciting collaboration between the South Dakota State Library and the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT). You might recall the recession of 2008 and the rush of federal programs passed to stimulate the economy. One such program was part of the federal Department of Commerce's National Telecommunication and Information Administration's (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative (SBI). This initiative specifically targeted "community anchor institutions" and sought as its goal to strengthen and expand local broadband and technology improvements.
Did you know that the federal government has named "public libraries" as a "community anchor institution" on par with police, fire departments, hospitals, local churches and schools among others? Did you realize public libraries are considered that important? It is because these public entities are stable, necessary institutions that have enduring qualities. They add value to local communities as well as stability and permanency. Check out the national goals and action items.
The South Dakota Broadband Initiative (SDBI) is under the umbrella of the South Dakota BIT. The first three rounds of this grant resulted in 59 grants; seventeen (29 percent) were awarded to South Dakota public libraries. This has amounted to a cash value of $92,742.11 for our local public libraries' technology needs! This does not include many schools that applied and received funding, thus indirectly benefiting their school libraries. Funds were used to install firewalls (cyber security) to protect computers, network switches to ensure uptime and stability as well as increase network speeds and performance, wireless equipment for mobile connectivity and increased performance and purchase new and additional laptops and desktops to provide increased access to broadband services.
The seventeen participating South Dakota public libraries are:
- Beresford Public Library
- Brookings Public Library
- Dakota Club Library (Eagle Butte)
- Dorothee Pike Memorial Library (Lake Preston)
- Gregory Public Library
- Haakon County Public Library
- Hill City Public Library
- Hot Springs Public
- Jackson County Public Library
- Leola Public Library
- Madison Public
- Potter County Library
- Rapid City Public Library
- Sturgis Public Library
- Vermillion Public Library
- Wall Community Library
- Whitewood Public Library.
Give your neighbors a call and ask them about the process. I believe all would tell you it was fairly simple as grant applications go, seamless and extremely helpful. And besides the new computers, equipment or broadband added, a full assessment of the unique technology needs is outlined in a report to the library board and community leaders.
"The projects funded through these grants will provide a wide variety of technology improvements and expansions across South Dakota to key Community Anchor Institutions," said Jim Edman, Acting Commissioner for the state BIT and Project Manager for the SBI, in a press release. "We are excited that these communities continue to invest, improve and expand their computer infrastructure. By doing so they increase broadband services, usage and adoption, which is a key goal for the State Broadband Initiative."
The SDBI Technology Planning team will assist the library staff and their technology partners with the implementation of the equipment into their infrastructure. The Technology Planning and Computer Ownership program is one segment of the overall South Dakota Broadband Initiative. The primary purpose is to provide libraries with technology consulting and solutions pertaining to their technical infrastructure and broadband connectivity. Eligible institutions include libraries, medical and healthcare facilities, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, public safety offices, government and tribal offices, and community support locations. The grant requires a 20 percent matching investment from the participating community.
If your community is interested in applying for Round 4 of this grant, you must apply by August 9, 2013. This is a wonderful opportunity. Please give this grant serious consideration. Round 5 will open up sometime early this fall and close later in the fall, 2013. Round 5 will be the last round of technology grants! Please watch for posted dates.
The purpose of the SDBI is to inventory, enhance and increase the adoption of high-speed broadband. The SD State Library stands ready to assist and advise as well. If interested give us a call at 1-800-423-6667. More information is available at http://broadband.sd.gov/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 605-773-4165.
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