Thursday, December 18, 2014

LSTA Grants: Images Help Tell the Story

Would you like to offer a new service in your library but funding does not exist? Did you know that you can obtain a copy of past grants to read that will help you decide whether to offer a service in your library or library system? The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) website lists currently funded grant awards and abstracts. The LSTA activities prior to 2014 website are linked at the bottom right of the LSTA page. (

Storytime and Play Area for children with autism
Storytime room at Chippewa Falls for Children with Autism
Play Area for Children with Autism   
Knitting Machine in the Bubbler
(Photos obtained courtesy of the Madison Public Library)
In order to address perceived barriers to library use for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Indianhead Federated Library System worked with 20 participating libraries in seven counties to provide training, equipment, and materials to make the library more welcoming and accessible. The participating libraries held programs that were promoted as open and welcoming to kids on the autism spectrum. They were mostly sensory storytimes with adaptations to make them more           accessible.

If you are winding down a 2014 project and preparing a final evaluation for the grant year, please consider including images to tell your library story.          
Think about including images of materials purchased with LSTA funds by gathering them together in a suitable spot for a photo. Attach the photo to an email to the Public Library Development team after submitting the final 2014 LSTA Final Evaluation.
Artist in Residence demonstrating work, Bubbler
Artist in Residence demonstrating at Bubbler
Before including photographs of identifiable persons from your programs, please have a library policy in place to obtain a waiver for use of the children and adults photos. Library photo release forms are located at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Photo Guidelines (