Akron Public Library receives Technology Grant Award

Posted January 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

The State Library of Iowa is pleased to announce the Akron Public Library has received a $1,500 Library Technology Grant Award to update microfilm of The Akron Hometowner newspapers for the years 2005 to 2012.

The State Library of Iowa awarded 63 technology grants to 97 Iowa libraries from funds allocated by the Iowa Legislature during the 2013 session. There were 194 grant applications submitted representing 255 libraries. Grant awards ranged from $804.98 for a single library with a single project to $13,499 to a group of nine libraries in one county. The projects must be completed by this June 30.

“All the winning applications made a strong case for how the use of technology would improve the lives of Iowa citizens,” said Marie Harms, State Library Consultant and grant coordinator.

The awards are evenly distributed throughout the state and awarded to all sizes of public libraries and a few academic libraries.

“The applications proved that there is a great need to add, upgrade and replace all sorts of computers and other equipment in the libraries,” said Harms. “By using roughly half of the funds allocated to the State Library, the impact on the equipment, programs and services offered by Iowa libraries will be profound.”

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