Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LSTA Funding Update & Public Hearing

Everyone is aware that the federal legislative budgeting environment in Washington D.C. following the President’s proposed budget recommendations is tenuous.  This means that the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grants to States Program,Wisconsin's source of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding for libraries and library systems, is jeopardized.

The Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) administers the LSTA funds and aims to convey to the plan to address priorities of statewide service to the library community.

LSTA FundingUpdate from the Division

As administrators of the Institute for Museums and Libraries (IMLS) “Grants to States” program, the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT) is moving forward with plans for Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds for 2017 and beyond. While amount and timing of funds from IMLS remains unclear, DLT intends to maximize the federal dollars available to support library services and resources in Wisconsin. 

Specifically, 2017 LSTA funds will prioritize statewide projects such as Delivery, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and the Public Library System Redesign (PLSR); competitive grants for local projects will not be funded nor will System Outcome Measurement Support, pending further clarity around the federal FY18 budget that may occur in September. Statewide projects and resources managed by DLT will be funded with modifications to budget and capacity, including: Summer Library Program, the Coding Initiative, New Director Boot Camp, WISCAT, BadgerLink, Wisconsin's Digital Archives, and staffing. This may be the final year of Library System Technology grants, pending other functional analyses being performed by DLT and in consultation with the LSTA Advisory Committee; block grants will be restructured after 2017. 

As DLT moves forward with the LSTA Plan for 2018-2022, five main goals will be emphasized: Public Library Development through Law, Finance, and Data; Resource Sharing and Collaboration; Youth and Inclusive Services; Community Engagement and Outcome Measurement; and Technology Infrastructure and Services. These goals have been presented to the library community through listening sessions and presentations and will be reviewed by the LSTA Advisory Committee.

This statement will be posted on the LSTA web page.

LSTA Public Hearing Announcement
The LSTA Advisory Committee, appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will discuss the 2018-2022 LSTA Plan for Wisconsin and budget amounts for LSTA projects. The committee will meet at the DeForest Public Library on Thursday, June 1, 2017. As part of the meeting, a public hearing will be held starting at 10:00 a.m. to allow interested persons to testify on the LSTA plan and priorities. If you cannot attend the meeting and would like to contribute testimony to be considered at the hearing, please email Terrie Howe (teresa.howe@dpi.wi.gov) by 12:00 noon Tuesday, May 30, 2017 OR call (608) 266-2413.

Written by Terrie Howe
Public Library Development Team