Monday, April 11, 2016

Recent Additions to LSTA Online Site & Advisory Committee

 Image as part of the Dr. Cameron Pamphlet Digital Collection
Image from the Dr. James Cameron Pamphlet Collection
The Wisconsin Division for Libraries and Technology awarded the 2016 LSTA Federal Subawards to the public libraries and public library systems. The title list of funded projects is linked on the Library Services and Technology (LSTA) page ( Posted on the page is the full 2016 list of grants by category2016 grant abstracts of the LSTA-awarded grants, links to the forms for revising a project budget and requesting grant funds.  Also linked on the page is information from the 2015 grant projects.  I could not resist linking to one of last year's projects:  Digitization of Dr. Cameron's Pamphlet Collection housed at the Milwaukee Public Library.

New Members Join the LSTA Advisory Committee

The Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Committee advises the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on matters pertaining to the administration of the LSTA program. In 2016 responsibilities will include establishment of the annual grant criteria, categories, grant applications, and grant awards. Beginning this year and to be completed this time next year is the evaluation of the current LSTA Plan (2013-2017). Functions also include the development of the Wisconsin  LSTA Long-Range plan (2018-2022).

Three-year terms expired in December 2015 for Marla Sepnafski, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library,Wisconsin Rapids; Jennifer Einwalter, Hartland Public Library; Gus Falkenberg, Indianhead Federated Library System.

Current LSTA Advisory Committee members whose terms end in 2016 are:
Erin Foley, Adams County Public Library; Nyama Marsh, Whitefish Bay Public Library; and Kristin Stoeger, Brown County Library. Members with terms ending in 2017 are Rachel Arndt, Milwaukee Public Library; Amanda Hegge, Whitehall Public Library; Omar Poler, UW Madison School of Library and Information Studies; and Cherie Sanderson, Boulder Junction Public Library.

New members joining the Committee with terms ending in 2018 include Inese Christman, Wisconsin Valley Library Service; Katherine Clark, E.D. Locke Public Library in McFarland; Joseph Davies, Kenosha Public Library; Tanya Misselt, Appleton Public Library.

Each year the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) establishes a preliminary budget for the following year based on numerous factors, one of which is anticipated allocation to the state from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team