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LSTA Grants: Overview

All the information you need to apply for and manage an LSTA grant.


Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. The use of LSTA funds in Connecticut is administered according to the Five Year Plan (2013-2017) submitted to IMLS in June 2012.

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What is LSTA?

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a section of the Museum and Library Services Act of 2003, promotes access to information resources provided by all types of libraries. Through the legislation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services provides funds to State Library Agencies using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they also may distribute the funds through subgrants.

Each state has a five-year plan outlining its programs (see box to left titled "LSTA and IMLS"). These programs support the LSTA goals, which are to:

  • expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages
  • develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks
  • provide electronic and other linkages between and among all types of libraries
  • develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations
  • target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget)

Combined with funding from the State of Connecticut, LSTA funds support much of the statewide library infrastructure that few in the community consider. LSTA allows these things to be funded:

1. Instructors for continuing education classes in locations around the state

2. Critical portions of researchIT CT and findIT CT, the statewide library catalog

3. Library service for 5,000+ patrons of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

  • Over 180,000 talking books delivered
  • Almost 10,000 playback machines distributed

4. deliverIT CT vans and drivers that deliver over 3 million library items per year

5. The Summer Reading Program with 58,000 participants

6. Service Center collections that help serve over 450,000 state residents through local libraries

  • 25,000 audio, large print, and professional materials circulated each year
  • 37,000 children's materials circulated each year
  • 4,400 items added to these collections

7. Over $360,000 in grants to libraries over the past 5 grant cycles

8. The Connecticut Public Library Annual Report and statistics, which the State Library Data Coordinator reports to the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In order to meet LSTA requirements, the Connecticut State Library prepared a Five Year Plan for Library Services and Technology Act, State of Connecticut in 2012. The plan was developed by the Advisory Council on Library Planning and Development and approved by the State Library Board.

LSTA Coordinator

Maria Bernier
Middletown Library Service Center
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

LSTA Comment/Complaint Procedure

Comments and complaints about fiscal, contractual, or ethical concerns regarding LSTA programs and funding will be forwarded to the LSTA Coordinator. The LSTA Coordinator will confer with CSL Division of Library Development and IMLS staff as needed. The LSTA Coordinator will respond as appropriate either through a phone call, an email message or a formal letter. The State Library will accept complaints or questions from any Connecticut resident or member of the Connecticut library community.

If the person making the comment or complaint is not satisfied with the information provided by the LSTA Coordinator, the comment or complaint will be sent to the DLD Director who will respond as appropriate to the situation.

If the person making the comment or complaint is not satisfied with the information provided by the DLD Director, the comment or complaint will be sent to the State Librarian who will respond as appropriate to the situation. The State Librarian is the person of last resort for complaints about the state LSTA program.

For more information or assistance contact:
Maria Bernier, LSTA Coordinator
786 South Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457

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