City Tech Library Awarded American Libraries Association Building Library Capacity Grant

Turntable” by Andrew Malone is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Ursula C. Schwerin Library was one of 17 libraries nationwide awarded an American Libraries Association (ALA) Building Library Capacity Grant. The $10,000 grant is intended to “improve technology access “broaden technology access, develop collections, provide digital instruction, increase staffing, and expand outreach, or maintaining or amplifying other existing service strategies or adding new ones.” Prof. and Interim Chief Librarian Anne Leonard, Prof. Monica Berger, and Prof. Junior Tidal co-wrote the grant proposal.

The grant will provide the City Tech community access to equipment that they can borrow. The focus is primarily on audio technology, including podcasting kits, a podcasting booth, for students and faculty to create their own podcasts, portable turntables to listen to the library’s vinyl LP collection, as well as funding to add more albums to the collection. The library is planning to collect student input for album recommendations, as to reflect the broad diversity of the City Tech community.

ALA has provided a list of grant awardees and projects.

For more information, contact either Profs. Anne Leonard, Monica Berger, or Junior Tidal.