- LSTA Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Literacy Materials for Children and Families (XLS)
- LSTA Grant Monitoring Guidelines (PDF)
Library Services & Technology Act Grants to States Program
Five-Year Plan for Georgia’s Public Libraries
- Download Part 1 (3.8 MB)
- Download Part 2 (4 MB)
- Download Part 3 (567 KB)
- Approval Letter for the Georgia LSTA Plan dated 9/24/2012
The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) of 1996, a section of the Museum and Library Services Act, promotes access to learning and information resources of all types of libraries for individuals of all ages. Through this federal legislation, the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) provides funds to the Georgia Public Library Service and other state library agencies using a population-based formula which may be used to support statewide initiatives and services. Funds may also be distributed through competitive subgrant competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries in each state.
LSTA outlines two broad priorities for this funding. The first is for activities using technology for information sharing between libraries and between libraries and other community services. The second is for programs that make library resources more accessible to urban, rural, or low-income residents, and others who have difficulty using library services.
The six broad priorities of the LSTA program include:
- Expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages;
- Develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks;
- Provide electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries;
- Develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
- Target library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills; and
- Target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.