Library Services & Technology Act

The Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)… at work in Oklahoma

LSTA EvaluationSince the creation of the original Library Services Act in the 1950s, Oklahomans have recorded landmark benefits from federal library programs. To name a few:

  • A statewide interlibrary loan service was established and continues to connect Oklahomans with the information they need from far and wide.
  • Library demonstration projects in the 1960s and 1970s led directly to the creation of five multi-county public library systems in the state.
  • Consultation and continuing education through ODL gives staff at even the smallest libraries the professional help they need to serve their communities.
  • For almost 50 years, Oklahoma children have benefited from Summer Reading programs at their local libraries.
  • ODL initiated an adult literacy program that has become a model for the nation.
  • And today, all types and sizes of Oklahoma libraries are able to offer their customers a broad range of online reference and information services.

In recent years, ODL has received approximately $2.1 million annually through the LSTA Grants to States Program to help our libraries meet the needs of our fellow Oklahomans.

 

How are we doin’?

ODL creates a five-year plan to guide use of our federal funds. We reached the end of the last five year period at the end of December 2017. This spring, we received our Independent Evaluation of ODL’s Implementation of the LSTA Grants to State Program 2013-2017. Our new five-year plan for 2018-2022 has been approved by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

LSTA Reauthorization: Every five years, the LSTA program, administered through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is up for Congressional reauthorization.

Read ODL Director Susan McVey’s Written Testimony to Congress regarding the importance of LSTA funding to Oklahoma libraries and their communities.

 

See what we shared with Oklahoma’s U.S. Congressional Delegation during National Library Legislative Days, May 1 and 2, 2017:

Flyer: Federal Funds are a Lifeline

Oklahoma Library Association Resolution Urging Congress to Fund LSTA

 

How does ODL use LSTA dollars?

Check out the projects we funded with our FY2015 grant dollars. We’ve included a bit of history about some of the continuing projects, and have noted important impacts and results of particular LSTA-funded initiatives.