Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LSTA Budget Update from the Division

Last month, the Division issued a statement about federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding. Since that post, the Division convened a meeting of the LSTA Advisory Committee and received that body’s endorsement of both a revised 2017 LSTA budget and the Division’s 2018-2022 LSTA Five Year Plan for Wisconsin.
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The President’s federal budget includes the elimination of several federal agencies, including the Institute for Museum and Library Services, which administers the LSTA and its the “Grants to States” program.  The revised 2017 budget, acknowledging the uncertainty of future funding, reflects an emphasis on projects with a statewide impact.  As stewards of several funding streams, the Division views public libraries are directly supported at the local and county level. State aid for public library services is directed toward  regional efforts, and federal funding therefore is focused on statewide projects.  If federal LSTA funding continues, the Division will revise the budget and project list in 2018. For now, the following budget has been approved:

2017-18 LSTA Budget: Division for Libraries & Technology

Staff funded by LSTA:

13.70 FTE
Total Salaries:

Total Benefits:

DPI Fixed Costs, Travel:


DPI Administered Projects:

Coding Project:

Learning Express 1/2 Yr

WISCAT (contract less fees)

Database Services (Incl. WorldCat)

Summer Library Program

Youth and Inclusive Services Institutes

Electronic Forms (LibPAS)

New Library Directors Orientation


Grant Awards:

DPLA Participation Support

Library System Technology

Delivery (incl NWLS)

Public Library System Redesign



LSTA 2017 Appropriation:


Estimated 2016 Carry-forward:

Total est. funds available  for April-Sept 2018:


The statement below (shared previously)  provides additional information on the LSTA projects and spending plan:

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, and the Public Library System Redesign; 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.

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