MCLS American Rescue Plan Act Grant for Academic Libraries
About the Grant
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) is a non-profit, member-driven organization whose mission is to facilitate sharing resources and to collaborate with other organizations to benefit Indiana and Michigan libraries. St. Clair County Community College Library has been a member of the organization for over 30 years.
In early 2022, MCLS was awarded American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) monies by the Library of Michigan to support the digital content needs of publicly funded academic libraries in Michigan, including universities, community colleges, and Michigan's three tribal colleges. Across the nation, ARPA monies for libraries were funneled to states through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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Publicly funded institution of higher education
Michigan libraries only
Fund distribution based on:
County data points (SNAP/Unemployment/Broadband/Poverty)
Agreement to complete evaluation and short report in November 2022 on library use of funds.
Content requirements for selecting materials to purchase:
Digital content from selected vendors
Perpetual access purchase
Back runs of journals
Content subject matter requirements
All academic subjects/disciplines eligible
No popular fiction
Eligible ebook vendors participating
March 2022 - Academic libraries notified of grant
April 2022 - Participating libraries attend webinars and information sessions presented by MCLS and vendors
May - June 2022 - SC4 librarians worked on selection
July 15, 2022 - Deadline for purchase
December 23, 2022 - Evaluation report due to MCLS. Completed December 7, 2022.
Based on the guidelines given, the SC4 library was awarded about $12,000.00.
How the SC4 librarians selected titles for purchase:
The SC4 librarians decided to primarily purchase materials by or about underrepresented populations with the grant funds. This focus fills a gap in the library collection and meets the library's goal to foster an inclusive climate for students and staff. It also meets the College’s General Education Civic Responsibility Outcome 3: Demonstrate an understanding of global awareness through a knowledge of international political, economic, social, and environmental factors. A few relevant nursing ebooks were also selected. Altogether, 140 titles were selected and received.
Use the tabs in the left-hand column for links to the materials purchased. All of the materials are also available through OneSearch.