The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) consists of a state grants program and competitive grant program administered directly from the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including the National Leadership Grants, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and grants for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians.
State Library Services, a division of MDE, administers the state grant program in Minnesota. It was signed into law on September 30, 1996, as part of the Museum and Library Services Act and reauthorized on September 25, 2003. The federal goals of the LSTA state grants program are:
The LSTA funds in the state grants program provide support for statewide library programs and seed money for projects that improve library services throughout the United States. In Minnesota funds are allocated based on the goals and programs in the current State of Minnesota LSTA Five-Year Plan 2008-2012. A copy of the plan is available.