(via the Illinois Library Association)
HSLI member Stacey Knight-Davis of Eastern Illinois University is part of the Booth Library team that received the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award for Interlibrary Cooperation. The Award recognizes sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship. More information about Booth Library’s project is below.
In 2021, EIU’s Booth Library was awarded a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Illinois Broadband READY program. The library received $44,000 to create a digital literacy program for the Southeast region of Illinois. With the grant funds, a digital literacy coordinator was hired to create curricular materials related to digital literacy for all ages–from elementary school students to retirees. With proper feedback, the digital literacy coordinator successfully created a robust curriculum that covered various digital literacy topics. Additionally, a “train-the-trainer” model was implemented, along with vigorous online literacy guides.
Booth Library partnered with the Charleston Carnegie Public Library, Mattoon Public Library, Effingham Public Library, and the Elizabeth Titus Memorial Library. Additional program partners were the Lake Land College Adult and Alternative Education program, EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning, and Mattoon Community Unit School District 1.
To see the full announcement, please go here. Also, as a result of Booth Library’s participation in this initiative, Stacey Knight-Davis and her immediate collaborators received an $18,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine to enhance digital health literacy in southeastern Illinois. Read more about that project here.
Congratulations on being part of a great team effort!