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LSTA Grants: Statistical Sources

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

Supporting Statistics

Check these sites for data to support your grant application:

  • Connecticut Population Statistics from the Department of Public Health
  • Connecticut Data Collaborative, with information on civic vitality, demographics, economy, education, health, housing, and safety
  • Town Profiles from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, with information about population, major employers, education, fiscal issues, labor force and housing.
  • Public Libraries Survey from IMLS, with data supplied annually by more than 97 percent of public libraries across the country. When you submit your library's statistics to the State Data Coordinator, this is where the information ends up. Take a look at Connecticut's state profile.
  • The Digital Inclusion Survey put together an interactive map of all public libraries in the U.S. paired with demographic data from the Census.
  • Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families produces an annual sheet of State Baby Facts with infant and toddler data in the framework of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences.
  • Kids Count Data Center for information on child and family well-being in the U.S., with statistics for each state. The Kids Count Data Book also provides summaries.
  • Disability Statistics from Cornell University. In Connecticut in 2016, 11.4% of females of all ages and 10.7% of males of all ages reported a disability.
  • State of Connecticut agencies and departments related to education
  • Research your local school districts and their performance through the EdSight portal, including standardized test results.
  • State and national education data from the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis at the University of Connecticut.
  • The "Communities & Wi-Fi" study by John B. Horrigan and Jason Llorenz shows that a majority of online users have at some point used Wi-Fi networks in public places, with African Americans and Latinos more likely to have done this than white Americans, and African Americans and Latinos are especially heavy users of Wi-Fi (at home or via public networks) for entertainment and searching for jobs. ALA's District Dispatch featured an article about the study.

Do you have a favorite data source? Please send it to me, so I can add it to this list! Maria Bernier, maria.bernier@ct.gov

LSTA Coordinator

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LSTA and IMLS

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 approximately 120,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. The mission of IMLS 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 (2018-2022) submitted to IMLS in June 2017.

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