Tiffin University’s Pfeiffer Library was recently awarded funding in the name of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), the only federal program with funding exclusively for libraries.
The first grant, in the amount of $4,987, will be used to purchase mobile makerspace carts. These carts will expand Pfeiffer Library’s portfolio of resources in support of hands-on learning initiatives and student projects both inside and outside of the classroom. The makerspace carts will be available for checkout by faculty for classroom use throughout campus or for student use in the library’s study rooms from the beginning of the fall 2022 semester.
The second grant, in the amount of $1839, was given as part of LSTA’s initiative, “Celebrating Ohio Book Awards and Authors” (COBAA). The Pfeiffer Library intends to utilize this resource by curating a special collection of literature to support and promote the Celebrating CulTUral Uniqueness at Tiffin University (CCU@TU) movement. The endowment was made possible through a Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.
The CCU@TU movement began in 2016 when the University amended its prior initiative to be conscious of the need for workplace diversity and inclusion to being strictly committed to implementing such practices within its circles. Tiffin University’s President, Dr. Lillian Schumacher, spearheaded the project with the platform being structured around the three guiding principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. This was all done with the primary goal(s) of encouraging participants to both think deeply about and unlearn their respective biases and to be advocates for traditionally underrepresented voices.
“This is a wonderful development,” says Dr. Peter J. Holbrook, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “Not only does it give credit where credit is due to the library’s hard-working staff, but this funding will allow us to further our long-standing goal of providing equal and robust academic opportunities for all members of our community, regardless of cultural background or identity.”
For more information about either of the grants, email Luann Edwards, MLIS, MA, Director of the Pfeiffer Library at email@example.com.