Technology Grants Illinois State Library
Purpose and Outcomes
Technology Grants offer statewide and regional solutions for economic efficiency and the standardization of services across all communities. These grants include projects such as points of presence on the statewide videoconferencing network, cataloging support for the virtual library catalogs and the statewide courier service that transports library materials between libraries.
The Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois State Library funds Technology Grants that result in the following outcomes:
- Provide an infrastructure that supports sharing resources, discovery and access to information for the people of Illinois.
- Enhance the ability of libraries to offer services to all people in Illinois
- Improve efficiency and accountability through statewide administration.
Range of Awards
- $1,000 to $1,000,000
Please note that specific offerings may limit eligibility. Eligible applicants include:
- Library systems
- Selected educational agencies
- Local Library System Automation Program (LLSAP) Consortia
Application and Reporting Forms
The Technology Grants are currently limited to ongoing statewide programs such as the Illinois Delivery System. Grant applications are being offering in advance of the provision of the state budget for fiscal year 2018. The Illinois State Library makes these grant applications available so that award notification may be released when legislative and gubernatorial approval of an FY2018 appropriation is made. Obligations to fund this grant program will cease immediately without penalty or further payment being required if the Illinois General Assembly or the federal funding source fails to appropriate or otherwise make available sufficient funds.
- Grant Application ILDS Only
- Grant Reporting Forms
- Instructions for Completing Fillable PDF Grant Forms
- Library Data Entry Guidelines
Projects Awarded in FY2015
Projects funded through Technology Grants in Fiscal Year 2015 include:
- Illinois Library Delivery Service
The Illinois Library Delivery Service (ILDS) is a courier service that transports library materials between participating Illinois academic and research libraries to support interlibrary resource sharing in the state of Illinois. Grant awarded to the University of Illinois on behalf of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). ILDS is managed by CARLI.
- ILEAD USA Team Projects
ILEAD USA: Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover is an immersion continuing education program that combines social technologies and leadership training for the purpose of heightening awareness of library services and providing opportunities to collaborate on innovative projects that address community needs. Participating teams applied for up to $4,000 in grant funds to purchase services or items necessary to support implementation of teams' projects. Examples of projects include:
- Development of tools to assist adult General Education Development (GED) learners.
- Design of curricular and teaching resources to address Common Core Standards.
- Increase in access to emerging technologies to enhance digital literacy and 21st century technology skills.
- Development of resource kits to improve library staff awareness of and library services for people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Delivery of information through the use of mobile hot spots and other technologies.
- Illinois History Digital Imaging Grant Projects
The Illinois History–Digital Imaging grant program provides funding for eligible libraries to carry out projects involving the selection, digital capture, storage, and provision of web access to their important historical and cultural collections. Digital Imaging grants support the creation of digital collections while at the same time expanding access to those collections via the Illinois Digital Archives.
- eRead Illinois
eRead Illinois is designed to increase access to e-books across Illinois. Awarded to the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).
- Patron Driven Acquisition
Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) Pilot for Print Books is an innovative project that puts the selection of library books directly in the hand of patrons. Awarded to Chicago Public Library.
For more information about Technology Grants, please call 217-782-7749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.