Grants support valuable services and programs
Each year, The Newark Public Library receives a variety of grants. These funds enable us to provide valuable services to our patrons, as well as to hold free public programs. Following is a sampling of the grants received for 1999 and 2000. Unless otherwise noted, they were from the New Jersey State Library.
Staff member Paul Pattwell holds computer class at Van Buren branch
Project PALS (Preschool Arts and Library Series)
This project, sponsored in cooperation with the Newark Public Schools, draws the attention of Newark’s youngest readers to The Newark Public Library. It serves approximately 600 preschool students in the City through collaborative efforts of a wide range of community agencies and institutions.
Preservation of Library Materials
This project is helping to preserve approximately 850 of the Library’s original prints and posters. The focus is on posters and limited edition prints relating to the culture, history and sociology of Puerto Rico, and on the historical images of Newark and other New Jersey locations.
This grant enables the Library to provide New Jersey libraries with valuable reference services and to lend thousands of items not available locally.
Major Urban Resource Library
The Library acquired materials that fill specific needs and/or strengthen specialized collections in the fields of art, reference, business, music, New Jersey, U.S. patents, and U.S. documents.
WebPAC Technology Grant
This grant has enabled the Library to provide a graphical user interface (GUI) to its catalog accessible through its home page. Since the installation of this interface, anyone with World Wide Web access can check the Library’s holdings. WebPAC (Public Access Catalog) serves those who are unable to visit The Newark Public Library during operating hours. As with other Library Web pages, WebPAC operates all day, every day.
Technology Bond Fund
This project involves two grants. The first enabled the Library to enhance its telecommunications network, thus providing direct Internet access at no cost to our patrons. The second grant, intended to help patrons acquire new skills and knowledge for lifelong learning, covered the cost of a color laser printer, a high-resolution color scanner, and memory upgrades for the server. Also included was technical training for staff members, which will improve speed and accuracy of services.
Since 1991, the Library annually received a grant for serving other libraries of New Jersey as a Multilingual Materials Acquisition Center (MultiMAC). The role of the Center is to help libraries meet their patrons’ needs for materials and services in eleven languages: Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, Hindi, Gujarati, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian and Haitian Creole. The Center not only provides multilingual services and bulk loans, but also publishes annotated selection lists, complete with cataloging.