Friday, May 22, 2015

2016 LSTA Grant Categories - Focal Areas & Intent

2016 LSTA Information and Guidelines in addition to the 2016 Application are being revised for the new federal reporting system that begins at the end of 2015. This year’s LSTA Information session for grant writing will be created with software that will permit applicants to view sections of information as needed and posted on the LSTA website in June.

The 2016 LSTA Guidelines are comprised of Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) Staff Managed Projects, Statewide products, and DLT Staff Support. Managed Projects in 2016 include
  • Coding - New
  • Library System Re-visioning - New
  • New Library Director Orientation
  • Youth and Special Services Continuing Education Projects  
Statewide products funded with LSTA dollars include the Learning Express license and computer module used primarily for job searching and skill building.  The School eBook project will be continued using LSTA funds.

Federal competitive grant sub-award categories requiring submission of an application for review by a five-person panel of library peers include:
  • Digital Creation Technology
  • Digitization of Library Historical Materials
  • Accessibility 
  • Literacy
Non-competitive applications are submitted by specific agencies, reviewed by DLT staff for prerequisite compliance, provided funds for specific purposes on behalf of a region or the whole state, and have been approved by the LSTA Advisory committee are:
  • Delivery 
  • Library System Technology projects
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
  • Combining Regional Public Library Systems

    Elements of an LSTA Application
    Elements of an LSTA Application
The Institute of Museum and
Library Services (IMLS) is the federal funding agency for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) program.  IMLS is seeking  matching and in-kind contribution information from sub-grantees as part of additional justification for the U.S. Congress' re-authorization of the LSTA program.  To demonstrate comparability with other states programs, applications and grant evaluations will be reported in "focal areas" with particular intents in one of the following modes: instruction, providing content, planning/evaluation, or procurement.

According to the chief of data coordination for IMLS, “We are all now operating in an environment where a description of what was done, no matter how detailed is not enough to convince our stakeholders that we were good stewards of public funds. Now our sponsors want to know whether and how the support made a difference in people’s lives. Did it have a positive impact on the people who participated?”

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team