Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Illinois State Library
Purpose and Outcomes
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant projects engage Illinois residents through library technology, programs and services for lifelong learning, and services to persons having difficulty using libraries.
Use of the federal funds is outlined in Illinois' Long Range Plan for the Use of LSTA for a sustainable impact on library services for residents of Illinois:
- Extend library services for all Illinois residents by providing access to information and ideas. This position is supported by providing diverse resources, whether virtual or tangible, embracing technology and sharing resources.
- Provide experiences supporting lifelong learning and information fluency to address the diverse needs of Illinois residents.
- Further a literate Illinois by creating a reading culture that encourages reading fluency for recreation and/or education.
- Provide quality library and information services through research and discovery, best practices, innovation and engaging strategies.
- LSTA Funds are provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies program.
- The LSTA allotment is annually appropriated by Congress.
- Two financial requirements for receiving the federal LSTA funds are maintenance of effort and match.
Specific offerings may limit eligibility:
- Illinois libraries of all types recognized by the State Library as being full members in an Illinois regional library system.
- Illinois regional library systems as defined by Illinois Compiled Statutes.
- Illinois library professional organizations, (e.g.: Illinois Library Association) and consortia recognized by the State Library.
Application and Reporting Forms
- Grant Application
- Grant Reporting Forms
- Instructions for Completing Fillable Grant Forms
- Library Data Entry Guidelines
- Administrative Manual
- Illinois' Long Range Plan for the Use of LSTA
- IMLS Guidance on Reaching Persons with Limited English Proficiency
- IMLS Guidance on Making Museums and Libraries More Accessible
- Post Instruction Survey of Learners
Range of Award
- $1,000 - $1,500,000 as justified by local community need identified by the applicant.
- $7,000,000 Library Services – LSTA
- 20 U.S.C. Chapter 72, Subchapter II
- 2 C.F.R. § 200 OMB Uniform Guidance for Grants and Agreements
- 15 ILCS 320/7 (g)
- 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3035. Subpart G
Program Impact in Federal Fiscal Year 2016Total Dollars Awarded
- $5,488,648 federal LSTA
- Statewide services impact the entire state of Illinois.
Through Project Next Generation, the Mississippi Valley Library District encourages youth in Collinsville and Fairmont City, particularly those from low income households, to be more innovative and more prepared for their futures by developing their technology skills. Teens and tweens utilize the most current and relevant technologies available, particularly as related to the fields of science, art, and engineering. Creativity and critical thinking are encouraged to help students further their education, enhance their everyday lives, and obtain a clear understanding of the many possibilities that are available to them.
To provide statewide access to quality information resources, the Illinois State Library subscribes to FirstSearch, an online service that provides electronic access to a rich collection of reference databases with more than 10 million full-text and full-image articles. The Illinois State Library uses LSTA grant funds to provide the basic package for users of academic, public, school and special libraries who in turn conduct over 1.7 million searches annually. Underlying FirstSearch is the WorldCat database. Through WorldCat, with a click of a button, users find relevant records quickly plus the location to request the resources they need whether it is at their local library or another library across the state. The Illinois State Library provides FirstSearch in support of the information needs of library patrons statewide.
Expenditures by Federal Fiscal Year
Top LSTA Projects Funded
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2015–2016
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2014–2015
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2013–2014
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2012–2013
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2011–2012
For more information about the LSTA grant program, please call 217-524-8836.