Califa is the fiscal and strategic partner on a number of federal and statewide grant projects:
- VR Technology for California Public Libraries
Virtual Reality—the use of technology to create an immersive experience that can be explored or interacted with—allows people to experience environments "live", as if you're really there. Identified by the American Library Association (ALA) as one of the 10 top library technology trends for 2016, VR can take you on a trip inside the human body, tour the solar system, explore the oceans, or learn to drive a car--the possibilities are endless. While VR is a top trend, it's still new to most public libraries, and guidance, training and support are needed so that libraries can fully understand and incorporate the use of these technologies. This California State Library LSTA grant project will enable Califa to offer 100 California public libraries the opportunity to receive a fully loaded VR system, complete with a VR-enabled computer/software/educational media catalog, and Oculus Rift and HTC VIVE head gear. Libraries will also receive training and ongoing support for their VR systems, through a web portal that will be built to provide information and resources for libraries on VR technology, capabilities, applications in libraries and promising practices. Libraries will also be able to get free or steeply discounted access to new VR titles as they are released. Participation in this project will be by application. The goal will be to select public libraries representing a range of types and geographies, who can demonstrate need and have well-conceived plans for incorporating VR into their library programs. Participating libraries will be required to collect and submit statistics, which will be used to evaluate demand for these technologies and how they are being used, and will help determine possible future directions and support for VR projects and programs in public libraries.
- Shared California eBook Platform with Library Owned Content (enki grant 2017)
The California Library Services Board has designated $300,000 in one-time FY 2016/17 California Library Services Act (CLSA) funds to boost statewide availability of ebooks by adding $200,000 in new content to enki library, an online platform of 60,000 downloadable titles including classic literature in the public domain, encyclopedias, fiction, non-fiction, travel, cooking and crafts. An additional $100,000 will go toward connecting CA libraries not yet using enki.
- Cross-platform eBook Discover App & Reader (SimplyE grant 2017)
The California Library Services Board has designated $200,000 in one-time FY 2016/17 California Library Services Act (CLSA) funds to be used to facilitate the statewide deployment of SimplyE, an opensource app allowing for the discovery and reading of eBooks from multiple eBook platforms including Overdrive, Cloud Library, Axis360, and enki Library, for California libraries. The SimplyE app was jointly funded by New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services and developed to be a cross-platform eReading app, allowing patrons to discover and read all library eBooks using a single app.
- Rural Gateways: Fostering the Development of Rural Librarians as Informal Science Facilitators
Dartmouth College was awarded this 5-year National Science Foundation Grant; and Califa is a subgrantee to support recruitment of rural librarians to participate in the project, curriculum development and establishing a community of practice.
- Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement: Environmental Literacy Through Climate Change Discussions
Califa was awarded this 2 year grant from the National Oceanographic and Aeronautics Administration to support librarian training as science facilitators.
- Infopeople: Helping Libraries Think Differently
- California DPLA Collaborative Service Hub
- Zip Books for Rural Libraries
- Digitizing High Value Content
- Finding Your California
- Early Learning with Families 2.0
- Get Involved: Increasing Volunteer Engagement
- IMLS LEAP grant: Library eResources Access Project. With NYPL, DPLA and 18 other libraries and consortia
- IMLS SimplyE for Consortia. With Minitex, Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Massachusetts Library System