State Library Invites Comments on 2012-2017 LSTA Five-Year Plan

Members of the New York Library community are invited to comment on the State's 2012-2017 LSTA plan. Please read on for details: 

Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian, Jeffrey W. Cannell, encourages New York’s library community to provide feedback on the draft New York State federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan for October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2017.  This plan identifies the major needs, goals and priorities for library services in New York State.  The plan also describes potential statewide activities that will be implemented using the federal LSTA funds provided annually to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The draft plan is currently available at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/lsta/plan1217.htm. What do you think about the content of the plan? What role can your library, library system or organization play in the success of this plan? Please email all comments and suggestions to LSTACOMMENTS@MAIL.NYSED.GOV no later than Friday, April 27.

The LSTA Grants to States program is administered through IMLS. In order to receive these crucial funds, IMLS requires an eligible state to develop a plan every five years describing how LSTA Grants to the States will be used to support the state’s goals and priorities. These federal funds are allocated annually to state library administrative agencies.  Due to budget reductions at the federal level, New York State currently receives $8.1 million annually in LSTA funding, a drop of  $1.4 million from prior year allocations.

Although these federal funds represent a small part of library expenditures in New York State, they have a significant impact as they leverage state and local funds and fuel innovation. Highly-used and highly-valued statewide services such as NOVELNY and Summer Reading at New York Libraries are made possible through these federal funds. The State Library has also offered library systems LSTA Service Improvement Grants and LSTA Summer Reading Mini-grants in past years.

To learn more about how LSTA funds benefit New York, and to view New York State’s current five-year plan visit:

http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/lsta/index.html

Questions about New York State’s LSTA Program may be directed to Mary Linda Todd, LSTA Coordinator, Division of Library Development, New York State Library at mtodd@mail.nysed.gov.  Questions about the draft LSTA Five Year Plan may be directed to Maribeth Krupczak, Library Development Specialist, New York State Library at mkrupcza@mail.nysed.gov.