Crook County Library receives grant for increasing bilingual access
Entering the library, you will notice a new feature in our lobby — a 55" television monitor is now mounted on the wall. Sorry to say we won't be airing the latest sitcom, instead the screen will display a series of slides that promote library services and offer information to visiting patrons. This digital signage is one project we're working on after being awarded an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant.
The Crook County Library received our grant after a very competitive process; less than a third of the total funding requested by Oregon libraries was approved. Grants were made possible thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, and administered by the State Library of Oregon. The federal funds were included in the American Rescue Plan Act to help libraries, museums and related nonprofits promote digital inclusion and connectivity, address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and generally support efforts to provide equitable service to communities.
Our digital signage will display bilingual and Spanish-language content to meet the inclusive and equitable goals of the grant. In addition to purchasing the monitor hardware and digital signage software, the ARPA grant funds the translation of welcoming and directional content for our new digital display as well as the translation to Spanish of library policy and procedure documents. As the library works to reach underserved populations and attract new users, we need to ensure our mission and services can be understood by everyone in Crook County.
As we continue to work through our grant project, the library's website will include a Spanish-language portal page. The page will highlight the Spanish-language collections we hold in our adult and children's collections, share pertinent information about the library and our services and offer a directory of resources.
We are grateful for the opportunity provided by this ARPA grant to broaden the reach of the library. Be sure to take a few moments to view the digital signage the next time you visit — we are looking forward to using this creative, digital medium to get the word out about our services and programs.
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