LSTA ADVISORY COMMITTEE REVIEWed LSTA APPLICATION RECOMMENDATIONSPublic libraries and public library systems submitted fifty nine (59) applications in nine (9) different categories for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) projects to occur in 2017-2018. The applications requested funds for a variety of projects. Outside reviewers (librarians and other subject experts) evaluated the applications submitted in the competitive grant categories.
The projects, grant category rankings, and overall LSTA program for 2017 were reviewed by the LSTA Advisory Committee at its December 1, 2016. State Superintendent Tony Evers will announce the grant awards by mid-February 2017. The grant awards will be implemented from April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. The preliminary dollars budgeted for each grant category, the dollars requested in the applications, and the number of applications received, are listed below. Some of the grant categories are noncompetitive; others are competitive.
• Delivery Services: $90,000 budgeted and requested; 2 applications
• Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Participation Support: $50,000 budgeted and requested; 1 application
• Library System Technology Projects: $350,000 budgeted and requested; 16 applications
• Outcome Measurement Support: $75,000 budgeted and $12,000 requested; 1 application
• Digital Creation: $120,000 budgeted; $110,371 requested; 11 applications
• Digitization of Local Historical Material: $40,000 budgeted; $10,888 requested; 2 applications
• Accessibility in Public Libraries/Public Library Systems: $75,000 budgeted; $122,877 requested;10 applications
• Literacy Projects: $85,000 budgeted; $66,108 requested; 8 applications
The total amount budgeted for the local projects was $910,000 the total requested was $812,092.
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team