The Ohio LSTA Program
The State Library is Ohio’s administering agency for federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds that are used in several ways to help libraries meet the changing needs of their customers. The articles in this edition of our newsletter showcase some of the projects that have been initiated by public, school, and academic libraries using LSTA funds provided by the State Library.
One of the ways the State Library provides LSTA funds to libraries is through a competitive grant process. Grants available to libraries include Full Grants (more than $24,000); Minigrants (less than $24,000); and special grants. Examples of Full Grants awarded in 2010 include $84,222 to the Northeast Ohio Network for Education Technology (NEOnet) to automate 18 library media centers; $78,922 to the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) to provide physical and virtual access to the 1848 Panorama of Cincinnati daguerreotype housed at PLCHC; and $177,553 to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction/Ohio Central School System to establish a standardized library network to unify library services and improve resource sharing among Ohio prison libraries.
Examples of Minigrants awarded in 2010 include $3,478 to the Marysville Public Library to create an Adult Skills Center to serve the needs of the un- and under-employed in the Marysville community; $8,400 to the Miami University Libraries to digitize the Miami student newspaper; and $11,250 to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools to transform the media center in the Memorial Junior High School into an academic learning lab.
The State Library also uses LSTA funds to support a number of statewide initiatives including KnowItNow24x7, Ohio Web Library, Ohio eBook Project, Ohio Ready to Read, Choose to Read Ohio, and the Ohio Talking Book Program.For more information on how LSTA funds might help your library, visit us on the web at www.library.ohio.gov or contact Missy Lodge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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