Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)

Library Services & Technology Act Funding

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides funding for libraries through the Museum and Library Services Act, also known as the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA). The funds are distributed through state libraries and are for use in providing statewide services for public, academic and school libraries. The funding for 2018 is $4.3 million. The annual amount depends on the state funding match and IMLS’s annual budget.

As part of the requirements for funding, the Library of Michigan has a Five-Year Plan for service that, once approved by IMLS, acts as a legal guide for how the annual funding allotment is used. The plan must align with the purposes and priorities of the LSTA legislation. Every five years, the Library of Michigan engages the Michigan library community to evaluate the impact of the projects from the previous five-year plan and to develop the next five-year plan.

LSTA Purposes & Priorities

LSTA funds are used to support the following broad priorities from the Museum and Library Services Act, excerpted here:

  • expanding services for learning and access to information ... ;
  • establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries ... ;
  • providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce ... ;
  • developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
  • targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;
  • developing library services that provide all users access to information ...

Using LSTA Funds in Michigan

To achieve the five-year plan goals, we use LSTA funding on a range of projects with the overall intent of providing equitable resources to libraries and Michigan residents and training for library staff. This includes the Michigan eLibrary databases, MeLCat support, Summer Reading materials, early literacy training, WebJunction, United for Libraries, Ploud, various workshops, continuing education stipends for library staff, our Library Science Collection, and our grant programs. Our annual report lists the specific projects each year.

Related Links:
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Library of Michigan LSTA Overview
Five-Year Plan for Michigan, October 2017 – September 2022
Library Service & Technology Act Michigan Report for 2017