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Title: How to Write an LSTA Grant Applications for 2010

How to Write an LSTA Grant Applications for 2010
  • April 30, 2009
  • Pennsylvania School Librarians Association
  • Presented by
  • Debra E. Kachel, Mansfield University
  • and
  • Nancy L. Henry, Ephrata Middle School

Workshop Objectives
  • K-12 grant categories
  • 1. Info. Literacy/Laptops
  • 2. Collection Development
  • 3. Dual Enrollment
  • Outcomes and Evaluation
  • Practical Advice
  • Q A time with PDE officials

Library Services Technology Act
  • Federal funds administered by Commonwealth
  • Available for all types of libraries
  • Competitive one-year
  • Specific criteria outlined for each type of grant
  • Due Sept. 11, 2009
  • Awarded in Feb. 2010

Pennsylvania LSTA Funding History K-12 Grants
Two Major LSTA Grants That Apply to School
  • Information Literacy
  • 30,000 for a single library to purchase a
    laptop lab to integrate info literacy with
    classroom instruction
  • Collection Development
  • 5,000 per library in a district for print
    materials to support a PA Academic Standard area

Eligibility for All K-12 LSTA Grants
  • Any type of school librarypublic, private,
  • Must have an existing library and a certified
    library media specialist
  • Must have a line item budget for the library
  • Must participate in the ACCESS PA database
    project POWER Library
  • Must comply with CIPA/ Acceptable Internet Use
  • Must collaborate with teachers to integrate
    information literacy skills instruction
  • Library media specialist must be involved in the
    preparation of the grant
  • Grant money may not supplant local funds

Information Literacy Grant aka The Laptop Lab
Instructional Role of the Librarian and
Collaboration with Teachers 25 pts
  • Wireless laptop lab Approx. 25 laptops , cart,
    LCD projector, supplies up to 30,000
  • Purpose To teach information literacy skills
    part of the library program under the direction
    of a school library media specialist

New Address AASLs Standards for the 21st
Century Learner
Wireless Laptop Lab Application
  • Applies to one school in a district may reapply
    after 5 yrs.
  • Only one school per district may apply
  • In collaboration with teachers
  • Info literacy skills integrated with classroom
  • Address the AASL Standards for the 21st Century
  • Documentation student outcomes

Laptop Application must include
  • Background info
  • Budget, books per student, collection age
  • Letter
  • signed by Superintendent, Principal Librarian
  • Staffing Hours
  • FTE at that school
  • If 4 days out of a 6-day cycle.67
  • Or, total hours worked in that school in a week
    divided by the hours in the workweek
  • Ratio of LMS students (.5 LMS to 500 equals
    11,000 ratio or .5500)

Laptop Application must include
  • Collaboration
  • LMS teacher must be present during activities
  • Planning with teachers involved
  • Public Library cooperation
  • Planned Activities
  • Tie to info literacy academic standards
  • Evaluation plan
  • Includes student outcomes
  • Documents laptop use

Kachels Examples for the Laptop Grant
Refer to Handout-Tips for Writing LSTA Grants
  • Abstract
  • Activities
  • Collaboration/
  • Integrated Units Charts
  • Evaluation Plan

Evaluation Criteria Info Literacy Grant
  1. Abstract 3 pts.
  2. State aid 14 pts.
  3. Financial support 14 pts.
  4. Hours 5 pts.
  5. Collection age 5 pts.
  6. Staffing 14 pts.
  7. Extended hours 5 pts.
  8. Instructional role 20 pts.
  9. Cooperation with public library 5 pts.
  10. Implementation Activities 10 pts.
  11. Evaluation 10 pts.

Based on 100 points
  • (Refer to pages 15-17 of the grant guidelines)

Collection Development Grant
  • Print Materials
  • books, magazines, books-on -tape, some AV
  • to support an identified PA Academic Standard
  • 5,000 per school library
  • Funds may not be spent for
  • Hardware or software
  • AV equipment and projectors
  • Classroom sets of books or textbooks

Collection Development Application
  • May apply to multiple schools in a district
  • Each library must submit a separate grant
  • Collection development plan based on improving
    resources for one chosen PA Academic Standard

Collection Development Plan
For Example
  • Identify an PA Academic Standard
  • Analyze collection fitting that Standard (age,
    size, strengths, weaknesses)
  • Predict resources
  • and types needed
  • Environment Ecology, Health Safety, Science
  • Will show a sample later
  • Teacher and/or student survey

Collection Development Plan
For Example
  • Involve teachers in selection
  • Plan to evaluate effectiveness of new resources
  • Publicity plan
  • Plan book review day on a staff development time
  • Survey circulation data
  • Write press releases for local media and school

Kachels Collection Analysis Primer
Refer to Handout
  • A methodology that can be used to
  • Collect data about your librarys print
  • Decide which PA Academic Standard to address
  • Include teachers in the selection process
  • Decide what resources will be added to improve
    teaching learning within the selected Standard
  • Evaluate the process and use of new resources

Evaluation Criteria Collection Development Grant
  • Abstract 3 pts.
  • State aid 14 pts.
  • Financial support 14 pts.
  • Collection age 5 pts.
  • Library staffing 14 pts.
  • Hours 5 pts.
  • Instructional role (1) info literacy skills
    integrated with curriculum, (2) documentation of
    collaboration with teachers, (3) Access PA
    POWER databases taught 20 pts.
  • Cooperation with public library 5 pts.
  • Collection Development Plan 10 pts.
  • Student outcomes/Evaluation plan 10 pts.
  • (Refer to pages 15-18 of LSTA grant guidelines)

Based on 100 points
Additional Requirement for the Collection
Development Grant
  • When funded, the school district must supply a
    collection development policy that
  • Includes a weeding policy
  • Includes procedures for handling a challenge
  • Is officially approved by the Board or other
    similar agent

Dual Enrollment Application
  • Third category in which school libraries can
  • A collaborative grant in which academic and high
    school librarians work together to improve
    library services to students participating in the
    dual enrollment program. Lead applicant must be
    the college library.

Electronic Filing of Grant Applications
  • http//
  • Click on Library Development
  • Create a login and password

Refer to How to Apply section of each grant
application packet.
  • Save frequently as there is a time-out period
  • Help at 717-783-6686 or

Issues with Electronic Filing
  • No spell check
  • No special formatting
  • Fill-in blocks or limited text (no. of characters
  • No multiple copies needed
  • 2 attachments allowed Superintendents letter
  • Letters must be sent US Mail
  • Save-Save-Save while working

Refer to e_Grants Handout
Submitting the Grant
  • LSTA Website

Practical Advice on Grantwriting
  • Begin with concise description (abstract)
  • Explain your needs
  • Show documentation of collaboration/ integration
  • Discuss Info Literacy Curriculum
  • Document use instruction of ACCESS PA POWER
    Library databases
  • Goals must be student-centered
    project must show student benefit

Questions Answers