February 20, 2018

IMLS Awards $1.7 in Native American Library Grants

By LJ Staff

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $1,720,053 to 14 Native American tribal communities and Alaska Native villages to improve library services to their communities. The recipients will match the grants with an additional $853,328. Projects include digitizing primary source material on the establishment of the North Slope Borough and the Inupiate culture and language in Alaska; enhancing literacy of school-aged and elderly populations through elder/grandchild reading programs at the Pueblo of Santa Clara in New Mexico; and preserving oral histories with tribal elders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma. Native American Enhancement Grants support projects that enhance existing library services or implement new services, particularly projects to establish digital networks or electronic links among libraries or to acquire computer and telecommunications technology.