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A couple of weeks ago LSTA Coordinators from the all U.S. states met in Louisville, Kentucky (home of the Kentucky Derby) with the Institute of Museum and Library Services' (IMLS) Program Officers.
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- Who they reached out to?
- What they did in their community projects?
- What did they accomplish?
The report on activities or the "what was done" portion of the evaluation should be reported if it represents at least 10% of the grant funds. Their message then was that activity reporting should be limited to no more than 10 activities.
A website shared as part of a state project funded with National Leadership LSTA dollars is called the Creative Aging Toolkit (http://creativeagingtoolkit.org ) for Public Libraries. It is a free, online resource for librarians. It offers access to information about aging and libraries, creative aging research, and best practices in the field. The toolkit contains insights, tips, tools and templates to be used when planning, implementing and sustaining successful programs. It is funded in part by a National Leadership Grant to Westchester Library System through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
There are two reports due next year to IMLS about the WI LSTA program that you will hear more about in the next several months. The Five-Year LSTA Evaluation for 2013-2017 is due in March 2017. Additionally, from feedback results of the evaluation we plan to assess trends that will inform 2018-2022 LSTA Plan for Wisconsin. So the hope is that with the help of our library community we will be able to share information about:
- Whether priorities in Wisconsin are shifting and why?
- How trends are playing out in the state/community?
- Which trends will have the greatest effect on the state grant program? Why?
- How might these priorities and trends inform the next Five-Year Plan?
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team