Regional Library Partnership

CAMLS has received State Library Services and Technolgy Act (LSTA) funding for the project, "Access Plus: Partnerships for Proficiency." The project will acquire hardware and school proficiency software for participating libraries. The purpose of the project is to develop a collaborative program that will involve libraries, school districts, and parents/guardians to assist students in preparing for and passing the Ohio Proficiency tests.

Under state law, proficiency testing in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science and citizenship are administered by the State Board of Education to fourth, sixth, ninth and twelfth graders to ensure appropriate levels of performance and comprehension in those subject areas.

In early 1999, the CAMLS membership indicated that there was a critical need to provide assistance to students who were preparing to take the Ohio Proficiency Tests. Twenty member libraries participated in planning sessions to develop the LSTA grant application. The CAMLS Planning Committee was instrumental in monitoring the creation of the LSTA grant application and giving valuable editorial assistance to CAMLS Executive Director Mike Snyder during the writing of the grant.

The total project cost equals $240,628, including $180,467 in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds and $60,161 in local cash.

Gretchen Hamann and Jean Sylak, of HandS Educational Consultants, have been hired to serve as Project Coordinators during the grant period of October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000. The Project Coordinators will train library personnel from participating libraries on methods and techniques required to serve students preparing for the Ohio Proficiency Tests. The Project Coordinators will also develop promotional materials that the participating libraries can use to serve these students in addition to serve as program development resource people throughout the life of the project.

The following member libraries are participants in this project and have designated one person to represent the library on the Project Advisory Committee (PAC).

Avon Lake Public Library
Bellevue Public Library
Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland City School District
Elyria Public Library
Geauga County Public Library
Hudson Library & Historical Society
Lakewood Public Library
Lorain Public Library
McKinley Memorial Library, Niles
Mentor Public Library
Ritter Public Library, Vermilion
Sandusky Library Association
Shaker Heights Public Library
Twinsburg Public Library
Westlake-Porter Public Library
Wickliffe Public Library
Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library

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