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About LSTA Statewide Projects

Approximately $1.5 million of Oregon's Library Services and Technology Act funds are spent on ongoing statewide projects and consulting staff 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.

Answerland (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 roughly $75,000 per year. About 40 partner libraries staff Answerland, answering questions from all over Oregon. Statistics can be found in the annual reports, posted on the Answerland Advisory Committee page.

Continuing Education (2013 - ) & Library and Information Science Collection (1998 - )

Up to $13,000 a year is spent to purchase library science materials that Oregon library staff may borrow in support of their work and professional learning. Newly received items are added to the State Library catalog and promoted on the Libs-Or electronic mailing list, the LIS Collection blog, Facebook, Twitter, and sometimes on other statewide lists as appropriate.
Purchase requests are welcome; contact anyone from Library Support and Development Services. If you would like to borrow materials from the State Library, please use your library's established interlibrary loan process, or contact the State Library document delivery department with complete request information (email: library.request@state.or.us, fax: 503-588-7119).
Additionally, approximately $10,000 per year is spent on providing continuing education opportunities and resources to Oregon library staff. These include: supporting WebJunction contentonline courses, and webinars, the weekly technology e-newsletter, Tech-Talk, and access to Skillsoft with over 500 online courses, 30,000 short instructional videos and job aids covering a wide-range of technology and business topics.

Edge Initiative (2015 - )

The Edge Initiative is a nationally recognized online management and leadership tool that assists libraries and local governments to work together to achieve community goals. With this professional tool, libraries can be better positioned to address community needs such as creating a stronger economy, ensuring workforce development and leading lifelong learning. The annual cost for all public libraries to participate in the Edge Initiative is $50,000. For more information, please visit the Edge website.

The Focus on Children and Young Adult Institute (1998 - )

The Focus on Children and Young Adults Institute is a three-day, intensive training on the principles of children’s and teen public library services. Training sessions are presented by members of the Oregon Library Association's Children's Services Division and Oregon Young Adult Network. The goals of the Institute are:
  • Library staff will develop a foundation of professional knowledge to improve children and teen services at their public library.
  • Library staff will meet colleagues from similar libraries and support each other professionally through continued communication long after the Focus Institute.
Attendance is limited to 25 people to ensure a high-quality experience, so admission is competitive. Preference is given to people who do not have a Master of Library Science degree and who work at small or rural libraries. Attendees pay less than $100 for food, lodging, and the training sessions. The Focus Institute costs approximately $10,000 once every two years.

Lyrasis Statewide Membership (as BCR 2002 – 2010; as Lyrasis 2010 - )

Lyrasis provides Oregon library staff with opportunities for free and discounted professional development and discounts on library supplies. For more information on how to access their services and supplier discounts, please visit their website for Oregon libraries. The annual cost for statewide membership to Lyrasis is $4,000.

Oregon Battle of the Books (2005 - )

Up to $10,000 of LSTA funds is used to support the annual Oregon Battle of the Books program implemented by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. Children in grades 3-12 read selected books and then compete in a quiz-style tournament. Read more about this project on the OBOB website.

Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) (2004 - )

The Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) website is designed for K-12 students and educators and has three main elements: information literacy resources, to guide students through the research process; Citation Maker, a tool for creating a bibliography in APA or MLA format; and access to the statewide databases, providing quality information to support classroom instruction and student research and providing test-preparation and skill-building resources.
OSLIS was initially funded through LSTA competitive grants in 1998, 1999, and 2002 and was redesigned in 2012. The Oregon Association of School Libraries receives $30,000 annually to manage OSLIS.

Sage Courier Subsidy (2005 - )

In light of the sparse populations, low operating budgets, and long distances in Eastern Oregon, LSTA subsidizes 25% of the Sage Library System courier costs.  This ensures more small libraries will continue to participate in resource sharing via the Sage Library System. The cost is roughly $47,700 annually.

Statewide Database Licensing Program (SDLP) (2003 - )

Under the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program, nearly $530,000 is used to purchase basic electronic resources for Oregon libraries. The program includes 24 databases from Gale, as well as practice tests, skill building and job seeking resources from LearningExpress Library. Access is available through public, academic, tribal and school libraries. Oregonians without a local library may access the databases through the Libraries of Oregon website.

Summer Reading Collaborative (2004 - )

Oregon is a member of the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). The State Library annually pays approximately $600 for all public, volunteer, and tribal libraries CSLP membership fees and $3,400 to purchase a CSLP summer reading manual for each library outlet. The Youth Services Consultant serves as the state representative and coordinates Oregon libraries’ participation in CSLP. This work is done in partnership with the Oregon Library Association (OLA) and includes keeping libraries informed about resources available from CSLP and soliciting ideas and feedback from library staff. The Youth Services Consultant and two OLA summer reading liaisons take those ideas and feedback to the CSLP annual meeting to inform the development of the summer reading manual and select the theme, slogan, and artists.


Please note: staffing costs are not included in the individual costs of each statewide project.
Questions? Contact Susan Westin at 378-5435 or susan.b.westin@state.or.us