Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
The Federal Library Services and Technology Act, a section of the Museum and Library Services Act, is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. LSTA authorizes the IMLS to support the following activities:
• To promote improvements in library services in all types of libraries in order to better serve the people of the United States;
• To facilitate access to resources and in all types of libraries for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry; and
• To encourage resource sharing among all types of libraries for the purpose of achieving economical and efficient delivery of library services to the public.
Grants to State Library Administrative Agencies
The Institute of Museum and Library Services provides federal LSTA funds to state libraries, including the State Library, using a population-based formula. In Louisiana, LSTA funds are used primarily to support statewide library initiatives and services such as:
• Literacy and reading programs including the Summer Reading Program;
• Developing the skills of Louisiana library directors and staff;
• Statewide access to online databases;
• Interlibrary loan network and delivery service; and
• Library services for those with visual or physical disabilities.
Library Services and Technology Act Plan
Based on the priorities of the LSTA, each state develops the goals and objectives for its five-year plan to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services in the state. Download State Library LSTA Five-Year Plan, 2008-2012 .