Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Overview of LSTA Grants to States Activities 2012 – 2014

The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to Minnesota through the Grants to States Program. The annual allocation is based on population and funds can be spent over two federal fiscal years. Minnesota’s annual allotment is typically $2.6 to $2.7 million. LSTA Funds are administered by State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education.

Purpose

LSTA Funds are used to meet the goals of Minnesota’s Five Year LSTA Plan (2013-2017)

• Support literacy, including but not limited to 21st century and digital literacy skills
• Provide educational opportunities for children from early learning through postsecondary, especially targeting children from birth through age 17 from families living in poverty or facing barriers including but not limited to language, race, ability, geography or access to resources such as technology
• Promote lifelong learning and continuing education, including the enhancement and expansion of services and resources relating to health, access to justice, and workforce and community development in order to cultivate an educated and informed citizenry
• Promote training and professional development, including continuing education, to improve and expand the current and future library workforce to support end user needs
• Support technology and infrastructure initiatives and services that build the capacity of Minnesota’s libraries to serve their patrons
• Support statewide initiatives and services that build the capacity of Minnesota’s libraries and their staff to serve their communities

Representative Projects

Statewide initiatives support high value activities that strengthen Minnesota’s libraries. Annual competitive grant rounds give libraries and schools a chance to try innovative projects that creatively address community needs.

Statewide Impact

• Support interlibrary loan and delivery services to schools and public libraries in all corners of the state
• Provide services to Minnesotans with disabilities through the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library
• Help young children develop early literacy skills by building staff capacity to deliver quality services with specialized training in Every Child Ready to Read 2.0
• Grow partnerships between libraries and literacy organizations in cities across the state, helping adults gain technology proficiency through St. Paul Public Library’s Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment project
• Offer libraries multiple opportunities to learn more about how e-books are impacting services and develop strategies for the future through the Explore eBooks MN program series
• Deliver access to the digitized historical Minneapolis Tribune, of particular value to students working on History Day projects and people interested local history or genealogy

Local Impact

• Improve underserved residents’ access to Anoka County’s public library services with book lockers and book vending machines at community partner locations across the county (District 6)
• Enhance the elementary school library collection Yinghua Academy, a K-8 Mandarin Chinese immersion school in Northeast Minneapolis, by expanding services for learning and improving access to information and educational resources (District 5)
• Bolster the capacity of East Central Regional Library to teach technology skills such as social networking tools, online career and job searching, and computer maintenance to residents served of Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties (District 8)
• Support the creation of a 21st century digital library at Brooklyn Center Secondary School, helping to narrow the achievement gap and close the digital divide for at-risk middle school students (District 3)
• Provide a Mobile Laptop Training Lab for the Viking Library System to make possible technology classes for the public at locations lacking permanent computer labs in Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties (District 7)
• Reduce barriers to participation in metro-area summer reading programs by supporting the development of Bookawocky, a website that offers badges as participants achieve reading milestones (Districts 2 and 4)
• Foster closer connections between public schools and public libraries, expanding access to academic resources for students, faculty, and staff in Southeastern Minnesota by connecting school library collections to the regional public library catalog (District 1)

Jennifer R. Nelson

State Librarian

Jennifer.r.nelson@state.mn.us

April 2014