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COA Receives $50,000 State Library of NC Grant

Elizabeth City — College of The Albemarle (COA) has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library of North Carolina. The grant, in the amount of $50,000, will be used to promote the “Student Envois” project. The project will develop and implement a dynamic, student-driven learning environment within the college’s newly renovated Charles H. Ward Library and Knowledge Commons.

The student envois will empathetically encourage other students to engage in active learning, collaborate with others to achieve course goals, utilize available college resources/technology/staff effectively, and ultimately be “empowered learners.” To achieve this, the grant funding will support the hiring of a mentor (staff) who will develop the program, assist in hiring the student envois, then train and guide the student envois in their duties. A cadre of students (10 to 12) will be chosen to pilot the project, which is also funded by the grant.

Rodney Wooten, Director, Library and Learning Services, applied for the grant with increased usage of library resources in mind. “In the last few years, patrons typically visited the library to use the computer lab and testing center. With the completion of the building renovation, we now have a space that is inviting and promotes collaborative learning. The student envois will receive the training and experience necessary to help encourage their peers to apply the resources and technology available in COA’s library toward their coursework.”

According to its website, the State Library of North Carolina awarded over $2.8 million and included 47 awards for local library projects that advance excellence and promote equity by strengthening capacity and expanding access and community engagement in North Carolina’s libraries for 2019 – 2020.

This grant is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the LSTA as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-0034-19).