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LSTA Ongoing Statewide Projects

About LSTA Statewide Projects

Approximately $1.3 million or 57% of Oregon's Library Services and Technology Act funds are spent on ongoing statewide projects each year. Statewide projects are recommended for ongoing funding by the LSTA Council and approved by the Oregon State Library Board of Trustees based on input from the library community and in accordance with the Five Year State Plan. Ongoing statewide projects offer significant economies of scale, or leverage widespread essential improvements in library service.

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Calendar and Process

Some statewide projects are managed by the Oregon State Library, and some are managed by other library organizations.  Organizations managing ongoing statewide projects submit a statewide project funding request form by the LSTA competitive proposal due date  that is 15 months in advance of the start of the fiscal year. Funding for statewide projects is on a July 1-June 30 annual basis. For example, for projects funded July 1, 2014, a proposal was due April, 2013. The LSTA Advisory Council and Oregon State Library Board will review and comment on the funding request. Email ann.reed@state.or.us for more information.

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Answerland Online Reference (2003-)

Answerland, formerly L-net , is a 24x7 online reference service provided by Oregon's libraries. The service offers live chat and email reference services for all Oregonians. LSTA funds the software, administration and coordinating staff, training, and contract labor for around $345,000 per year. At least forty partner libraries were staffing Answerland 80+ hours per week, answering questions from all over Oregon. Nearly 42% of users are K-12 students.  Statistics can be found at: www.answerland.org/stats
 
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Statewide Database Licensing (2003-)

Under the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program, up to $530,000 annually subsidizes the purchase of basic electronic resources for Oregon libraries. The program includes 24 databases from Gale, as well as LearningExpress.  At this time, LSTA funds the entire cost of the subscriptions.  Access is available to all public, academic, tribal and school libraries.  Oregonians without a local library may access the databases through the Libraries of Oregon website

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PLINKIT Websites (2005-)

Plinkit is an open-source Web authoring environment developed for public libraries to have easy-to-create and maintain dynamic websites. Plinkit stands for "Public Library Interface Kit."  The initial development was done through competitive grants in 2003 and 2004 to Multnomah County Library.  In 2005, the State Library took over hosting and staffing the Plinkit project.  $8,000 a year is appropriated to create a multi-state support network for Plinkit as other states, including Texas, Illinois, and Colorado, have adopted it.  Total Plinkit expenditures are around $74,000 per year.
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Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) Website (2004-)

 OSLIS, the Oregon School Library Information System, is a website that provides access to high quality information sources and supports information literacy skills for K-12 students, teachers, and school librarians. The portal accesses the databases available from the statewide database licensing project, provides information literacy resources, and offers a citation generator. OSLIS was initially developed by LSTA competitive grants in 1998, 1999, and 2002 and was redesigned in 2012. The Oregon Association of School Libraries and the School Library Consultant at the State Library manage the OSLIS portal at a total cost of around $125,000 annually.   
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Library Science Collection (1998-)

Up to $13,000 a year is spent on library science materials that are listed in the Oregon State Library catalog. Newly received items are listed on the libs-or electronic mailing list, a blog, and some times on other statewide lists as appropriate. Requests for purchases which could then be borrowed from the State Library are welcome; contact anyone from Library Support and Development Services. If you would like to request materials from the Oregon State Library please use your library's established interlibrary loan process or email  library.request@state.or.us or fax (503-588-7119) the State Library document delivery department with complete request information.  

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Summer Reading Collaborative (2004-)

LSTA funds a statewide membership for public, tribal, and volunteer libraries in the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP). CSLP is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their libraries. Statewide membership and travel of an Oregon representative for $3,500 allows the state to participate in the development of CSLP products and one summer reading manual, which includes access to CSLP's professional aratwork, for each of Oregon's 237 CSLP member library outlets.   Manuals are distributed to libraries through the Oregon Library Association's Children's Services Division and feedback on all CSLP products is collected by OLA's Young Adult Network.
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Lyrasis Membership (as BCR 2002-)

LSTA funds a statewide membership for public, tribal, and volunteer libraries in the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP). CSLP is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their libraries. Statewide membership and travel of an Oregon representative for $3,500 allows the state to participate in the development of CSLP products and one summer reading manual, which includes access to CSLP's professional aratwork, for each of Oregon's 237 CSLP member library outlets.   Manuals are distributed to libraries through the Oregon Library Association's Children's Services Division and feedback on all CSLP products is collected by OLA's Young Adult Network.

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Center for the Book Support (2006-)

 With .15 FTE, The Center for the Book at the State Library coordinates a variety of activities that encourage the love of reading for all Oregonians.  For example:  Letters About Literature, Oregon Book Awards promotion, Oregon Poetry Collection.  It also provides information and resources on intellectual freedom issues in libraries.
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Focus Institute (1998-)

The Focus on Children and Young Adult Institute happens in even numbered years. The Youth Services Consultant at the State Library arranges a three day educational retreat every other year for library paraprofessional staff to learn how to deliver effective programs and services for children. Youth Services specialists from the region give sessions on topics such as brain development, storytelling, and selecting children’s books.  The bulk of the cost is $15,000 with a modest fee for attendees to cover some costs.
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Sage Courier Subsidy (2005-)

In light of the sparse populations, low operating budgets, and long distances in Eastern Oregon, LSTA provides a 50% subsidy to the Sage Library System courier costs.  This ensures more small libraries will continue to participate in resource sharing via Sage.  Cost is around $76,000.

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Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) (2005-)

LSTA supports the annual Oregon Battle of the Books implemented by the Oregon Association of School Libraries up to $10,000.  Children in K-12 read selected books, and then compete in a quiz-style tournament.
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