Monday, June 27, 2016

LSTA Advisory Committee Determines 2017 Grant Categories

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory committee met on June 2nd in DeForest, WI to discuss proposed LSTA Grant Categories and funding for 2017. Sub-award categories and preliminary funding amounts are as follows, pending approval of the federal budget by the U.S. Congress:
  • Accessibility, Competitive, $60,000
  • Delivery, Non-Competitive, $90,000
  • Digital Creation, Competitive, $100,000 
  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Non-Competitive,$50,000 
  • Digitization of Library Historical Material, Competitive, $20,000 
  • Library System Technology, Non-Competitive, $350,000 
  • Literacy, Competitive, $60,000
  • Outcome Measurement Support, Non-Competitive, $75,000 
  • Public Library System Redesign (PLSR), Non-Competitive, $150,000 
This will be the second year of the recently altered LSTA grant award cycle. 2016 grant awardees are a few months into the first year of the new schedule.

Schedule of important dates for the 2017 grant award cycle is as follows:
  • July (Late) 2016:  2017 Grant Information & Guidelines announced
  • Aug.(Early) 2016: 2017 Grant Application form opens 
  • Oct. (Mid) 2016:  Grant Applications Due 
  • Dec. 1, 2016: Advisory Committee proposes grant awards 
  • Apr. 1, 2017: 2017 LSTA Grant Year begins
The committee also approved the following Division for Libraries (DLT) Managed Projects and Resources for funding in 2017:
  • Learning Express Library License, $95,000
  • New Library Director Orientation, $13,000
  • WILEAD, $60,000
  • WI Public Library Coding Project (Year 2), $100,000
  • Youth and Inclusive Services CE Projects, $15,000
  • Youth and Inclusive Services Institutes,$30,000
During the meeting, Division staff expressed its support for the Aspen Report through a slide presentation and discussion with the Committee. In preparation for the development of the 2018-2022 LSTA Plan for Wisconsin and the WI Public Library Standards, DLT staff discussed the creation of action steps to assist libraries seeking to become part of the leadership in their communities.

Written and posted by Terrie Howe
Public Library Development Team