Library Services and Technology Act

What is Library Services and Technology Act?

The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is a federal grant program that is managed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered in California by the State Librarian. As required by LSTA, the California State Library must submit an LSTA 5-Year Plan to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This plan outlines how the State Library will spend the funds in relationship to the following LSTA priorities:

  • expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of library, 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 services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills; and
  • 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

Who are eligible for the Library Services and Technology Act?

Public libraries in the State of California are eligible to apply for this grant.

How to apply for the Library Services and Technology Act?

Pitch and Idea is an experimental model that is designed to give California libraries an opportunity to present a project idea to the State Library before writing a grant. Here is how it works:

  1. Complete the Pitch an Idea Form and email to: gmagginity@library.ca.gov
  2. The California State Library will make an appointment for a telephone conversation with the applicant.
  3. After reviewing all of the ideas and conversation, the State Library will select the projects that are most viable and ready to go.
  4. Once the applicant library’s project is selected, an LSTA application will be given for completion. State Library staff will work with the applicant to ensure that the grant meets all of the important requirements. Once they are met, the library will be awarded a LSTA grant.

How much funding is available for the Library Services and Technology Act?

The funding for the grant will be available for spending for about 7 months (January 2011 – August 2011). Libraries may submit projects for up to $100,000.

Where to send applications for the Library Services and Technology Act?

Applications for the Library Services and Technology Act grant may be submitted to:

Library and Courts II Building
900 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 942837
Sacramento, CA 94237-0001

For more information on the Library Services and Technology Act, contact:

Gerry Maginnity at gmagginity@library.ca.gov.

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