Tuesday, December 6, 2016

LSTA Updates

LSTA Advisory Committee Evaluates Reviewer Recommendations

The projects, grant category rankings, and overall LSTA program for 2017 were reviewed by the LSTA Advisory Committee at its meeting on December 1, 2016. State Superintendent Tony Evers will announce the grant awards by mid-February 2017, provided the U.S. Congress and the President have approved a budget. The grant awards will be implemented from April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018.

Public libraries and public library systems submitted fifty nine (59) applications in nine (9) different categories for the 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 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.

Noncompetitive Grant Categories

• Delivery Services: $90,000 budgeted and requested; 2 applications
• Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)Support: $50,000 budgeted; 1 application
• Library System Technology Projects: $350,000 budgeted; 16 applications
• Outcome Measurement Support: $75,000 budgeted and $56,450 requested; 11 applications
• Public Library System Redesign (PLSR) Year #2: $172,000 budgeted and $172,000 requested

Competitive Grant Categories

• Content Creation: $100,000 budgeted; $94,897 requested; 7 applications
• Digitization of Local Historical Material: $20,000 budgeted; $42,144 requested; 7 applications
• Accessibility in Public Libraries/Public Library Systems: $60,000 budgeted; $90,218 requested;
8 applications
• Literacy Projects: $60,000 budgeted; $24,400 requested; 4 applications

The total amount budgeted for the local projects was $977,000 the total requested was $970,109.

Evaluation of the 2013-2017 LSTA Plan for Wisconsin

The Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) hired Library Strategies working with Rainbow Research in St. Paul, MN as consultants to review the current LSTA Plan for Wisconsin.  2017 is the fifth year of the current LSTA Plan.

Rainbow Research has had several focus groups with persons knowledgeable about the LSTA programs and resources in technology, continuing education, youth & inclusive services, electronic resources, and interlibrary loan.  They have interviewed key staff in the Division for Libraries and Technology, and have sent a survey to more than 1100 persons who have knowledge of LSTA funded programs which include grants to libraries and library systems as well as all of the above service areas.  If you have received a survey link, please respond with feedback about the programs and/or services with which you are familiar.

The consultants will write the evaluation; the Division will review and edit as necessary and submit the report to IMLS by the end of March 2017.  Results of the survey will help to shape the next five year plan due to IMLS in June 2017.

Written by:
Terrie Howe, Public Library Development Team