Request for Proposals
|Rolling Prairie Library System has $50,000
to award in grants to libraries that had a staff member attend one of the
Lighting the Fire Training Sessions (either March 21 or April 4,
2001). A staff member from the submitting library must have attended
one of the Training Sessions, but may partner with libraries that were
not able to attend a Training Session. However, the grant must show
how these partners were trained on Lighting the Fire by an attendee.
Grant proposals must be submitted to Amanda Standerfer at RPLS by June 8, 2001. Grant proposals cannot be submitted on paper, but will be accepted in any other format. Libraries will be notified of grant awards by June 30, 2001. Grant activities may begin immediately after award notification. Grant activities must be completed by November 30, 2001 and all funds must be expended by December 15, 2001. Grantees will receive more information concerning reporting and follow-up from the Lighting the Fire Consultant after grants are awarded.
Be sure to use the principles demonstrated at the Lighting the Fire Trainings when developing grant proposals. Grant proposals must address one of the following areas, but are not limited to the examples given for each area:
Communication: Develop, demonstrate, and implement ways for RPLS libraries to communicate better using innovative and creative ideas.
Example in this area: Develop materials or training that will provide instruction in the use of the many databases available to RPLS libraries, staff, and patrons (DRA, VIC, IO, FirstSearch, etc.).
Leadership: Provide programming or examples that will boost an individual library as a leadership example or demonstrate and teach leadership skills to a variety of RPLS libraries.
Example in this area: Develop a personal development program for RPLS librarians and staff.
Marketing: Provide demonstrations or training in the area of marketing that will benefit and advance all RPLS libraries in the area of marketing. Collection development can be a component.
Example in this area: Develop a series of marketing workshops for all RPLS libraries.
Technology: Demonstrate or provide training in new technologies that will allow RPLS libraries to advance technologically and incorporate innovative methods of working into their daily functions.
Example in this area: Develop a desktop videoconferencing network for RPLS libraries using Microsoft NetMeeting (or other conferencing program) and cameras.
Education/Training: Through collections, programs, or other methods, provide new ways of offering continuing education or training.
Example in this area: Develop,
house, and make available a professional development collection that will
benefit all RPLS libraries.