Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LSTA Advisory Meeting and Public Hearing, April 7, 2015

The first of two Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Committee meetings to discuss 2016 LSTA grant categories and funding amounts for LSTA projects will take place on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in DeForest at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 5025 County Highway V. There will then be an opportunity for the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) staff to propose categories with amounts to the Advisory Committee.
Meeting image from Pixabay
Meeting image found on Pixabay

Additionally, there will be a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. as part of the meeting for anyone interested in attending to make suggestions about the LSTA program and to comment upon or propose new LSTA categories for 2016. If unable to attend the public hearing, you are encouraged to submit comments and support documents to be distributed to the committee. Testimony for the meeting must be submitted by 12:00 noon, Monday, April 5, 2015, to Terrie Howe by email for inclusion in the hearing.

2016 Proposed Project Categories

All project categories must meet federal LSTA program purposes, goals, and priorities established in the LSTA Five Year Plan for Wisconsin – 2013-2017:

GOAL 1: Utilization of technology to improve library services

GOAL 2: Convenient access and quality library services for all residents
Lower case letters for literacy
Letters of the Alphabet - Pixabay

GOAL 3: Support the equalization of access to information and lifelong learning resources

To that end, the following categories are some that the LSTA Advisory Committee and DLT staff may consider during the meeting:

Coding; delivery hubs; EDGE Assessment access; digital literacy training for librarians to instruct the public; regional public library system studies; youth and special services continuing education bundle. Following the meeting, the 2016 LSTA Information and Guidelines grant categories will be developed similar to the 2015 LSTA Information and Guidelines  and posted online in June 2015. There will be further information posted about the application process in June with applications due in September 2016.

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team