Sat. Dec 3rd, 2022

Multiple Missouri Libraries Received Technology Mini Grants
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Jay Ashcroft, the secretary of state, recently reported that his office gave 27 technology mini-grants worth a combined $325,370 to multiple Missouri libraries on Monday, October 31.

Public libraries can use the awards to help pay for technology and automation-related equipment, as well as other hardware and software to upgrade network infrastructure. New equipment might be bought with the help of funds to enhance library services.

“Missouri’s libraries serve as vital resource hubs for their communities,” Ashcroft said. “These grants provide libraries with the technology they need to expand services to better meet the needs of their patrons.”

Grants are distributed through an application process and given based on both the library’s ability to manage the funds effectively and the project’s justifiable needs.

“Technology mini-grants give Missouri’s libraries the opportunity to upgrade existing technology or use technology to try new, innovative projects,” said State Librarian Robin Westphal. “Grants like this have been a mainstay of the Missouri State Library for years, and we are excited to announce this year’s recipients of these competitive grants.”

Through the Missouri State Library, Ashcroft’s office has given out 163 grants totaling $2,036,269.88 since January 1, 2022. The complete list of grant recipients for this year are:

1. Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Replacement of Public and Staff Printers 2022-2023 $10,635.00
2. Barton County Library 2022 Barton County Library Equipment Upgrade and Replacement Project $4,272.00
9. Joplin Public Library Supporting Early Literacy Technology Education $5,890.00
17. Nevada Public Library Essential Server and Hardware Refresh 2022 $8,554.00

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