Each year, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners awards a portion of the several million dollars it receives in federal funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to libraries of all types, Regional Library Systems and library networks as part of a direct grant program.
After recommendations by the State Advisory Council on Libraries (SACL), the Board awards LSTA grants to approved projects at its July Board Meeting. An approved project has met the broad purposes defined under LSTA, the goals laid out in the Massachusetts Long-Range Plan, and the goals and objectives in the long-range plan of the applicant.
Some of the activities in Massachusetts supported by LSTA funds have been:
- programs for young children and their families to encourage reading and literacy;
- resources in other languages for non-English speakers;
- adaptive equipment and training for people with disabilities;
- curriculum support kits for school and public libraries;
- community reading projects;
- preservation and digitization of historical materials;
- after school reading programs.