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Diversity Equity Inclusion: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Library Program 2021-2022

ARPA Overview

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has provided the New York State Library with $6,213,213 in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds through the LSTA Grants to States Program. The State Library has allocated $5,514,315 of these federal funds to New York State’s nine regional Reference and Research Library Resources Councils for collaborative regional projects that will advance digital inclusion, encourage library/museum partnerships, and expand student access to digital resources.

CDLC has been allocated $426,534 to support digital  equity projects and initiatives in our 10-county region. 

We are working with the public library systems, school library systems, museum libraries and others to determine how these funds will be allocated. All funds must be expended by July 2022. 

Please check back to learn about the progress we are making in this regional digital equity effort with our members. 

Subaward Guidelines

Component 1: Digital Inclusion

CDLC has been allocated $325,975 for Component 1, Digital Inclusion.

CDLC will administer these funds to provide digital equity/inclusion training to member libraries.

Additionally, CDLC will allocate funds to the three Public Library Systems in our region: 

  • Mohawk Valley Library System
  • Southern Adirondack Library System
  • Upper Hudson Library System

The Public Library Systems will use these funds to support digital inclusion efforts.  

Digital Inclusion Initiative Guidelines

Component 2: Library/Museum Partnerships

CDLC has been allocated $55,248 for Component 2, Library/Museum Partnerships. 

CDLC will administer these funds and provide them to museum libraries who are CDLC members. There are two application categories: Online Exhibits & General Projects. The online exhibits may be housed on New York Heritage, an institutional website, or other chosen platform. 

Guidelines for Library/Museum Partnerships.

Library/Museum Project Application form. Primary applicants must be CDLC members. 

Component 3: Digital Resources for Students

CDLC has been allocated $45,311 for Component 3, Digital Resources for Students.

These funds will be allocated to the four School Library Systems in our region:

  • Capital Region BOCES School Library System
  • Hamilton Fulton Montgomery BOCES School Library System
  • Questar III School Library System
  • Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE)  School Library System

The School Library Systems will use these funds to provide digital resources to K-12 students in their region. 

Digital Resources for Students guidelines

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