Thursday, April 13, 2017

LSTA Evaluation & Planning

The LSTA Five-Year Evaluation for Wisconsin 2013-2017 is linked on the PLD site under recent updates. It was recently filed with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as required by federal law for Wisconsin’s Grants to States program. The purpose of Section 9134 (c) of IMLS’ authorizing (LSTA) legislation directs State Library Agencies to “independently evaluate, and report to the Director regarding, the activities assisted under this sub-chapter, prior to the end of the 5-year plan.”

This evaluation provides the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) an opportunity to measure progress in meeting the goals set in the approved Five-Year Plans with a framework to summarize information across all state reports in telling a national story.

The evaluation guidelines identified a set of questions from IMLS for evaluators to use in conducting the 2013-2017 Five-Year Evaluation that included developing key findings and recommendations from the past five years for use in organizing the next Five-Year Plan.

The Division worked with independent evaluators Library Strategies and Rainbow Research from the Twin Cities. The report provides information that the DPI is using in the development of the next five-year plan. We encourage you to take some time to review the evaluation document and participate in the five different Listening sessions that Library Strategies will host for the LSTA Five-Year Plan for Wisconsin, 2018-2022 on the topics and dates listed below. The consultants are on an aggressive schedule for the information gathering because the new plan is due to the IMLS in Washington D.C. by June 30, 2017.

The instructions follow to join the first and second listening sessions with Karen Rose, Library Strategies, Ann Hutton, and Donovan Lambright, SELCO. In order to maintain impartiality, the Division staff will not participate in the sessions; Karen and her colleagues will be the facilitators. The purpose of the sessions is to frame the major topics for the participants and solicit feedback on the broad topics, all of which fall within the LSTA purposes.
  •  Resource Sharing and Collaboration
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM;
    OR Dial +1 (646) 749-311; Access Code: 354-939-221
  • Community Engagement & Outcome Development
    Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Youth & Inclusive Services
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017; 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Technology Infrastructure & Services
    Thursday, May 4, 2017; 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Important: If you would like to provide feedback on the improving the grant award process, evaluation, review, or announcement process, please share those statements with me by email Terrie Howe or by phone at (608)-266-2413.

Written by Terrie Howe
Public Library Development Team