Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image

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.

Back to Top

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.  Funding for statewide projects is on a July 1-June 30 annual basis. For example, for projects that will be funded on July 1, 2016, a proposal is due April, 2016. 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.

Back to Top

Answerland Online Reference (2003-)

Answerland, formerly L-net , is a 24x7 online reference service provided by Oregon's libraries. The service offers live chat, email, and text reference services for all Oregonians. LSTA funds the software, administration and coordinating staff, and training for around $150,000 per year. About forty partner libraries are staffing Answerland, answering questions from all over Oregon. Statistics can be found in the annual reports, posted on the Answerland Advisory Committee page. 
Back to Top

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

Back to Top

EDGE (2015 - )

 Edge is a nationally recognized management and leadership tool that is helping libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals. With this professional tool, libraries can be better positioned to address community issues - like creating a stronger economy, ensuring workforce development and leading lifelong learning.  For more information, please go to the Edge website.
Back to Top

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.   
Back to Top

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.  

Back to Top

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.
Back to Top

Lyrasis Membership (as BCR 2002-)

For more information about Lyrasis, please visit their website.

Back to Top

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.
Back to Top

Sage Courier Subsidy (2005-)

In light of the sparse populations, low operating budgets, and long distances in Eastern Oregon, LSTA provides a 25% 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 $47,700.

Back to Top

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.
Back to Top