Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Behold (some of) the LSTA Projects of 2015

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the federal program for libraries in Wisconsin. Administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) at the federal level, the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) administers the Grants to States program of LSTA for these three primary purposes:
  • Utilization of technology to improve library services
  • Convenient access and quality library services for all residents
  • Support the equalization of access to information and lifelong learning resources
You can read the LSTA Five Year Plan and the LSTA Information and Guidelines 2016 for more information. 

Digitization of Library Historical Material and Digital Creation Technology are two of the noncompetitive categories that libraries can apply for. In 2015 there were several libraries that applied and were awarded funding for projects that will help benefit their communities. Here are just a few of those projects:

Outagamie Waupaca Library System

The Waupaca County Maker Boxes Project allows libraries in Waupaca County to share portable Maker Boxes to "enable libraries to use existing space on a temporary basis for maker programming, and then pack it up when the space is needed for other use." The different boxes consist of materials for 3D printing, canning, coding, a cutting machine, inventing, sewing, and sound recording. The web page for the project lists tabs for each box, including an inventory list, program ideas, and marketing materials. 

image of the makerspace-to-go mobile cart consisting of different containers
The Makerspace-to-go mobile cart
U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Public Library

The Make-It at Grafton project consists of a Makerspace Room dedicated to the community learning and using tools to publish a book, make a podcast, and more. The project also involves a Makerspace-on-the-go, providing materials for learning about microcomputers and microcontrollers, and how to use basic circuits and electronics. 

More information can be found on the Make-it at Grafton web page.

Aram Public Library 

Working with the Lakeshores Library System, the Aram Public Library Newspaper Digitization Project digitized the Delavan Republic pre-1900 and Wisconsin Times newspapers pre-1969 and providing a platform for future digitization projects. The community can browse the resource on the Aram Public Library Local History and Genealogy web page. 

These are just a few of the wonderful projects that Wisconsin public libraries are doing with funding from the LSTA grants. We look forward to seeing what new projects libraries will create and manage in the upcoming years!

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team