ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
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.
- LSTA Funding in Illinois: Comparing "Block" and "Competitive" Grants
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
- Illinois' Long Range Plan for the Use of LSTA
- LSTA Funded Grants Administrative Manual
- Requesting a Waiver of the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Requirement
Range of Award
- $1,000 - $1,500,000 as justified by local community need identified by the applicant.
- $7,000,000 Federal Library Services Fund
Program Impact in FY2014
Total Dollars Awarded
- $5,451,043 federal LSTA funds
Number of People Served
- Statewide services impact the entire state of Illinois.
Through a project known as Full STEAM Ahead, Chicago Ridge Public Library enhanced science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) resources in the youth and young adult collections to provide increased access to information and ideas. 100% of the funds were spent on developing a collection of materials that would support children reading and learning science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts. To engage the children in learning and using the new resources, the library created a Full STEAM Ahead Club. Children were presented with basic science topics in a fun, simplistic and interesting way with time to explore, experiment, and learn. The goal of this project was to get even the youngest of students interested in science while promoting STEAM literacy.
To provide better library services for the residents in Illinois, the Statewide Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI) is held annually as a weeklong institute for public library directors at the University of Illinois Springfield. The Institute provides public library administrators with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and the skills they need to better serve their constituents. Topics range from legal and budgeting issues to policy development, programs, disaster planning, building safety, leadership, customer services and personnel. Opportunities for networking, teambuilding and discussion provide the platform for intensive work and professional growth. Participants learned how to improve their library so that they and their staff become more effective in meeting the needs of patrons, their communities and all residents in Illinois.
Expenditures by Federal Fiscal Year
Top LSTA Projects Funded
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2011 – 2012
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2010 – 2011
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2009 – 2010
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2008 – 2009
- Top 20 LSTA Projects Funded 2007 – 2008
For more information about the LSTA grant program, please call 217-524-8836.