The Minnesota Department of Education has been recognized by Governor Mark Dayton with a 2014 Continuous Improvement Award for efforts to redesign the state and federal programs administered by State Library Services.
“I want to thank Governor Dayton for continuing to recognize the remarkable public service that our state employees provide each and every day,” Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “I am especially proud of our State Library Services Division for receiving this award. The recognition exemplifies our entire agency’s commitment to giving excellent service to the people of Minnesota.”
With a focus on offering better customer service, State Library Services took a comprehensive look at the process for applying for competitive grants. This included rewriting the application, streamlining the process, and ensuring program requirements are clear and reflect best practices in grant and aid administration. As a result, MDE has seen an increase in the amount of competitive grant funds awarded to libraries. For example, State Library Services increased federal Library Services and Technology Act competitive grant awards from $487,149 in 2013 to $769,999 in 2014, an increase of 58 percent.
For more information, read about the State Library Service’s efforts on the MDE blog.