Ashcroft Awards Technology Mini-Grant to Morgan County Library

Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that Morgan County Library received a Technology Mini-Grant of $15,014, which will be used to add two early literacy stations, replace a number of computers, add eight laptops and upgrade the library’s software.

“Libraries are integral to our communities, acting as hubs of knowledge and resources for Missourians,” Ashcroft said. “It’s important for libraries to have up-to-date technology to ensure patrons can best access and interact with that information. These grants help our state’s libraries get the technology they need to best serve their patrons.”

The library will use the grant to add two early literacy stations to the Children’s Department to better meet patron demand. The stations come with preloaded software designed to help children build their literacy skills. Additionally, the library will replace five staff computers that are obsolete, and create a portable training lab by adding eight laptops and a charging station. The library will also upgrade the office production software on fourteen computers and eight laptops and install photo editing software on five computers to improve services to patrons.

Technology Mini-Grants provide funding for eligible libraries to replace older equipment or purchase new equipment to improve library services. This equipment includes technology- and automation-related equipment, hardware and software, which are used to improve the library’s network infrastructure.

The Missouri State Library has approved a total of 19 grant applications in the 2018 fiscal year, totaling $148,978 in federal awards that the secretary’s office has distributed to libraries throughout Missouri. The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

We are right in the middle of our grant, the desktops are here, the software is being updated, the early literacy stations and laptops have been ordered!!

The mission of the Morgan County Library is to improve and enrich the lives of users through information, education and recreation. The Library values the citizens of Morgan County and responds to their needs by providing a clean and inviting building, well-organized and up-to-date collections, friendly professional service and well-trained staff who are committed to the community.