Stimulus $$$ and Utah libraries

Everyone’s wondering about stimulus money and how Utah librarians can get  it. Here’s my answer, and that’s just it, my answer. The thing is, we don’t want to miss out. Deseret News said that Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County will get most of the money. I don’t want it to slip by the rest of us.

The website to track is It shows $ coming to Utah, $ being spent, and on what.

There is the Guide to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Utah. Take a look at that.

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Federal Recovery Grant Money for Library Broadband

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law No. 111-5, will be providing $4.7 billion establishing the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This program will fund eligible entities to develop and expand broadband services to rural and underserved areas and to improve access to broadband by public safety agencies.

At least $200 million of this funding will be available in grants for upgrading broadband at public computing centers including community college libraries and public libraries.

Get the details about these broadband grants at:

Your Chance to Brief the President

This is the coolest idea I’ve seen from government in some time.  You’ve probably heard of the Daily Briefing Book that is prepared for the president by his experts and advisors.  The Obama-Biden Transition Team have created something better. It’s called the  Citizen’s Briefing Book.  It’s a collection of the best-rated ideas for the new president from ordinary citizens like you.

Citizen’s Briefing Book:

Simply log-in and submit your idea.  Your fellow citizens will rate your idea, comment on what you’ve said, and the best ideas will float to the top.  These will be gathered and delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in.

For example: “Libraries of all types need our support

The collection can be searched, browsed, and sorted by most popular and most recent submissions.

How about we implement something like this locally to gather the best ideas from our citizens for bettering library services?