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Oregon's LSTA Program
About Oregon's Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) Program
Each year, state funds in the Oregon State Library budget leverage a two-to-one match of federal funds under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) state block grant program.  The LSTA state block grant program is administered at the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  In 2015, the State Library received a block grant of $2.150,600.  Around $634,000 of that block grant was awarded in competitive grants.  See the competitive grant page for listings of past funded projects and links to grant materials.   The rest of the funds support statewide projects such as Answerland 24x7 virtual reference serviceOSLIS, and access to full-text databases for public, academic and school libraries, and consulting services.   The uses of the block grant funds and the types of projects supported are based on the LSTA legislation and Oregon's LSTA five-year plan.
Find out more about:
Oregon's Competitive LSTA Grant Program
Oregon's Ongoing LSTA Statewide Projects

LSTA Five-Year Plan

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 Services 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
Goal 1 Provide access to information resources and library services
​Goal 2 Use technology to increase capacity to provide library services and expand access
Goal 3 Develop a culture in libraries that promotes evaluation and use of evaluation results
Goal 4 Develop information literacy skills
Goal 5 Foster the joy of reading



LSTA Best Practice

Starting in late 2009, volunteer Jane Scheppke undertook a study of LSTA competitive grant records to identify best practices in particular areas of interest.  Information was gleaned from grant reports, peer evaluations, and interviews with grantees, as well as professional literature.  Ms. Scheppke and Ann Reed published "Oregon’s LSTA State Grant Program: Excavating Best Practice, Reaching Towards Transparency" in the OLA Quarterly, v. 16.n.3, Fall 2010, pp.38-42.   
Ms. Scheppke has also authored the following guides:
Best Practices for LSTA-Funded Adult Literacy Programs
This document examines adult literacy programs whose audiences included native-born English speakers and/or English language learners (ELL).   Programs include ones offering direct services as well as ones acting as referring agencies. 
Best Practices for LSTA-Funded Immigrant and Language-Minority Outreach Programs
This is a compilation of best practice for reaching out to minority populations in general.  Programs examined include outreach to Hispanics, non-English speakers, and recent immigrant populations. 

Federal Resources

Federal Legal Documents

As of December 26, 2014, the cost principles, grant audit information and regulations surrounding LSTA grants have been moved to the "supercircular" 2 CFR 200. 2CFR 200 replaces 45CRF 1183


Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides funding for Oregon's LSTA program.  They also have other grant opportunities available at a national level.  See their Website at www.imls.gov.

Resources for Current Grantees
Click here to go to find all of the forms needed for LSTA grant administration.