What is Library Development?
Public libraries are a cornerstone of a democratic society. It is the mission of ODL’s Office of Library Development to assist public libraries across the state to expand and improve their services. The office also assists institutional libraries.
To fulfill this mission the office provides:
- Consultation services
- Continuing education opportunities
- Computer and technology lab classes
- Summer reading materials and programming guidance
- Review of state aid compliance and administration of federal grant programs
- E-rate assistance (USAC and OUSF)
- Library technology assessment (Edge)
- Website development
- Information to the ODL Board, the library community and the State Legislature to establish local library funding options and public library standards
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has funded many of the services that are provided by the Office of Library Development. Summer Reading, Certification, Continuing Education, Computer Lab Classes, and Edge are all services that would not be available if not for the federal funds received through IMLS.
One of the division’s most visible services is the annual Summer Reading Program. Local librarians use materials and program ideas to encourage children and youth to continue reading, bridging the gap between school and summer break.
For more information go to Library Consulting Services.
To contact Library Development, see the Division Contact Form.