Grant Information

Teaching with Primary Sources Grant Participation Opportunity

Deadline to apply: May 25, 2017 


SCRLC recently received a Teaching with Primary Sources award from the Library of Congress. We've named the project Primary Partners (P2): Supporting Inquiry-Based Instruction through Collaboration. This project is similar to History Unbound (see for the resulting and still useful product!), and calls for closer collaboration between schools and cultural organizations. We're looking for participants as follows:

  • Social studies teacher/librarian pairs (a trio is OK, too); each participant will receive $250 for their time and expertise. It's a great way for your librarians and teachers to spend two days this summer!
  • Cultural organization educators. Each participant will also receive $250 for their time and expertise.

The focus for Primary Partners: Supporting Inquiry-Based Instruction through Collaboration is to develop and enhance resources that promote inquiry-based learning and students' content knowledge acquisition. Participants will work in librarian-teacher teams to create mini-inquiries and lesson plans aligned to the NYS Social Studies Framework using digitized primary source documents from New York Heritage (, the Library of Congress, and the Digital Public Library of America. Participants will ideally focus on one of three major historical events: Women's Suffrage, the Erie Canal, and the Civil War-though other topics may be included. They will also be partnering with a regional cultural organization.


Who should apply?

  • School librarians and social studies teachers who
    • work with grade levels 4, 5, 7, 8, and 11
    • are willing to spend 2 days this summer in Ithaca to develop mini-inquiries and lessons (we'll ask for date preferences in the linked survey)
    • will share the knowledge they acquire from this work with colleagues
    • enjoy creating lessons and thinking deeply about how to best help students access and analyze primary source document
  • Cultural organization educators who:
    • have collections on Women's Suffrage, the Erie Canal, the Civil War, or other topics of interest
    • want to work more closely with area schools
    • enjoy sharing knowledge of their collections and creating experiences that enhance student learning


  • School Librarians:
    • Gather your social studies/library team (a pair or trio is fine)
    • Come up with a catchy team name (The Primary Source-erers? Just a thought.)
    • Complete the application survey, located at by May 25, 2017
  • Cultural organization educators:
    • If you are interested, contact Nicole Laura, contact information below.

Participants will be notified in early June; we can accept a maximum of 12 teams/25 participants. We'd like to see teams representing each SCRLC BOCES' school library system


What is TPS?

  • Teaching with Primary Sources is a grant program offered by the Library of Congress. From the Library's website: The Library of Congress awards grants under the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Regional program to school districts, universities, cultural institutions, library systems and other educational organizations who wish to incorporate TPS materials and methods into their existing education and professional development programs for pre and in-service teachers, librarians, media specialists and other K-12 educators (



Feel free to reach out to Nicole Laura, Project Consultant:; or 607-725-3481.


The first iteration of SCRLC's TPS grant, "History Unbound", concluded in 2014. Through this grant, school librarians and social studies teacher created digitized primary source resource collections and lesson plans aligned to the NYS Social Studies Framework. Their work was compiled and shared via LibGuides, accessible at

RBDB Grants 

South Central Regional Library Council's (SCRLC) Board of Trustees has approved $20,000 to fund information technology projects under the auspices of the 2017 Regional Bibliographic Databases & Interlibrary Resources Sharing (RBDB) Program. 


SCRLC members are encouraged to submit applications for creative projects that benefit the region. Download the application packet from SCRLC's website here. The application packet includes a list of fundable categories. To see recently funded RBDB projects, review the final reports from previous years, which are below.


The 2017 RBDB Grant Application period has closed. Check back in December for 2018 RBDB Grant news.


Please contact Julia Corrice at or 607-273-9106 ext. 202 if you have any questions.

Regional Bibliographic Databases Program:

RBDB Grant Projects Final Reports
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