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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

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Purpose and Outcomes

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant projects engage Illinois residents through library technology, programs and services for lifelong learning, and services to persons having difficulty using libraries.

Use of the federal funds is outlined in Illinois' Long Range Plan for the Use of LSTA for a sustainable impact on library services for residents of Illinois:



Specific offerings may limit eligibility:

Application and Reporting Forms

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Supporting Documentation

Range of Award

FY2012 Appropriation

Legal Authority

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Program Impact in FY2014

Total Dollars Awarded

Number of People Served


Through a project known as Full STEAM Ahead, Chicago Ridge Public Library enhanced science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) resources in the youth and young adult collections to provide increased access to information and ideas. 100% of the funds were spent on developing a collection of materials that would support children reading and learning science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts. To engage the children in learning and using the new resources, the library created a Full STEAM Ahead Club. Children were presented with basic science topics in a fun, simplistic and interesting way with time to explore, experiment, and learn. The goal of this project was to get even the youngest of students interested in science while promoting STEAM literacy.

To provide better library services for the residents in Illinois, the Statewide Public Library Management Institute (SPLMI) is held annually as a weeklong institute for public library directors at the University of Illinois Springfield. The Institute provides public library administrators with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and the skills they need to better serve their constituents. Topics range from legal and budgeting issues to policy development, programs, disaster planning, building safety, leadership, customer services and personnel. Opportunities for networking, teambuilding and discussion provide the platform for intensive work and professional growth. Participants learned how to improve their library so that they and their staff become more effective in meeting the needs of patrons, their communities and all residents in Illinois.

Expenditures by Federal Fiscal Year

Top LSTA Projects Funded

For more information about the LSTA grant program, please call 217-524-8836.

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