LSTA Plan and Purposes
Each state is required to develop a five-year plan which indicates how the state will spend LSTA block grant funds to fulfill the purposes of the Library Services and Technology Act (P.L.111-340). All LSTA expenditures must support at least one of these purposes. The Five-Year Plan lays out the particular goals and strategies of the state to improve library services with LSTA funds. Click here to see the Oregon Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan 2013-2017.
The additional purpose of “developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations” is deemed by the Institute of Museum and Library Development to be a methodology that can be integrated into projects that address the other purposes.
LSTA Plan evaluation
The development of the 2013-2017 Plan responded to the evaluation of Oregon's 2008-2012 Five-Year Plan. In addition to the narrative of the final evaluation, the results of the statewide survey and various focus groups provide interesting information.
The Six Purposes of the Library Services and Technology Act 2010
| Purpose 1
||Expanding 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 in order to support such individuals' needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills|
| Purpose 2
||Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services|
| Purpose 3
||Providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services and enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services|
| Purpose 4
||Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills|
| Purpose 5
||Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved|
| Purpose 6
||Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks|
Goals of the Oregon State Library Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan 2013-2017