DATE: July 17, 2008
LSTA Grants of over $1.0 million Awarded to Libraries
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners MBLC has awarded $1,016,639 in 93 grants to 79 public, academic, school and special libraries, regional library systems, and library networks across the Commonwealth under the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
Libraries use LSTA grants in a variety of ways including implementing literacy programs that benefit all ages, increasing library access to underserved populations, providing advanced automation services, training staff, and preserving valuable historical documents.
“LSTA grants help libraries better meet the needs of their specific communities which increases patron access to library services,” stated Beth Wade, MBLC Grants Manager.
Grants were awarded in 15 categories:
Academic Library Incentive Grant
Digitizing Historical Resources
Equal Access Libraries
Manuscript Arrangement and Description
Mother Goose on the Loose
Network Connections and Servers
On the Same Page
Preservation of Library and Archival Materials
School Library Incentive Grant
Serving 'Tweens and Teens
Small Libraries in Networks
LSTA is administered on the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in the Commonwealth by the MBLC. More information about LSTA can be found on Board’s website at www.mass.gov/mblc
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.