Friday, January 22, 2010

ALA OITP Successfully Advocates for Stimulus Fund Dollars for Public Libraries

The American Library Association's Office of Information and Technology Policy (OITP) Successfully Advocated for more Federal Stimulus Funds for public libraries. Good work! Looks like Carrie McGuire, ALA Director, OITP Program on Networks, is to be commended.

On Friday, 1/22, Carrie hosted a "GoToWebinar" presentation by John Windhausen and Robert Bocher on "Stimulus Funds: Round 2 -- Get Connected". See archived version at

John Windhausen gave lots of credit to ALA for upgrades to NTIA and RUS grant programs. He said that part 2 of the Stimulus Funds will have the same 3 programs as the first part:
  • CCI - Comprehensive Community Infrastructure - emphasis now includes libraries as key community "anchor" entities.
  • PCC - Public Computer Centers
  • Sustainable broadband
March 15 is deadline for applying for round #2.
Summer through September 30 grants will be awarded

Scoring preference:
  • Applications for programs that serve the needs of healthcare, education, children and "vulnerable populations" and unserved/underserved areas.
  • Public Computer Center programs are obvious areas for libraries and community colleges, yet there is a lot of competition for this money from other community organizations.
  • NEW emphasis on community colleges and training (workforce training)
  • NEW emphasis on "community anchor institutions"
Priorities: (p. 12 NOFA)
  • includes partnerships - govt, nonprofit, for-profit, community
  • addresses economically distressed areas
  • commitment to serve community colleges

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