Thursday, May 3, 2007

Division of Library Development and Services 2007 Update

After introducing their members and offering a description of their responsibilities and mission statement, DLDS gave a presentation of their current and upcoming projects.

Irene Padilla, the current Assistant State Superintendent for Libraries (head of DLDS) was once the director of Harford County Public Library.

DLDS is actually a division of the Maryland State Department of Education. Did you know that DLDS is responsible for administering the Federal LSTA Grant Program? This means that federal grants to libraries must be requested through DLDS, and the grants are distributed from DLDS. Every year, library associates from all over the state attend LATI - yet another program governed by DLDS.

Did you also know that the training programs that many of us attend, such as "Leading From Any Position" are coordinated by DLDS? Maryland AskUsNow, is another program that DLDS oversees. Some of the staff from my library system attended the Spanish Language Outreach Trainings.

Some exciting activities are coming down the pike, too. The Gates Grant computers that many libraries received over the past few years are getting old, and now there are plans to sustain these computers by upgrading hardware so that access does not decline. The Maryland Learning Libraries 2.0 - 23 things project is already underway, and will be fully supported by DLDS. Summer Reading programs will be going national - but don't worry, "Sneaks" is still alive and well.


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