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2016 LSTA Regular Grants

General Information for 2016 LSTA Regular Grants

  • The Utah State Library will award up to $300,000 in total grant funds during the 2016 Regular LSTA Grant funding period on a competitive basis for library projects.
  • Available funds for projects will be awarded according to community benefit and innovation.
  • To determine eligibility, applicants are encouraged to review the Applicant Library Eligibility Criteria prior to applying.
  • Projects that request a significant portion of the available funds may be asked to reduce the size of the project prior to approval.
  • Applications will be peer reviewed and scored by representatives from Utah’s library community.
  • Successful proposals may be partially or fully funded. Not all requests may be funded.
  • Grant funds may not be used prior to the start date of the grant.
  • Grant projects must fit into at least one of the Goals stated in USL’s LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013-2017

Deadlines and Timetable for 2016 LSTA Regular Grants

April 14, 2016
Regular LSTA Grant application period opens
June 20, 2016
Regular LSTA Grant application period closes at Noon MST
July 20, 2016
Regular LSTA Grant funded projects announced
September 1, 2016
Signed Memorandum of Agreements due to Utah State Library
September 1, 2016
Regular LSTA grant projects start – Grant funding available
November 15, 2016
1st Interim Report due to Utah State Library
February 15, 2017
2nd Interim Report due to Utah State Library
May 15, 2017
3rd Interim Report due to Utah State Library
June 30, 2017
Last day to spend 2016 LSTA Regular Grant project funds
October 3, 2017
Final Report for 2016 LSTA Regular Grant projects due

LSTA Regular Grant Resources

Allowable Costs

Application Preview (for planning purposes only)

Definitions of Federal Assurance Terms

LSTA Grant Applications Step by Step Guide

Grant Administrative Guidelines

Grant Award Appeal Process

Partnership Statement

Salary and Wage Reimbursement Criteria

Salary & Wages Time Sheet Example

Request for Advancement of Funds

Request for Reimbursement of Funds


Due: November 15, 2016, February 15, 2017 and May 15, 2017

LSTA Regular Grant Project Final Report
Due: October 1, 2017

  • Contact Kari May for assistance

For more information or assistance contact:

Kari May
Phone Number (801) 715-6776 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address kmay@utah.gov
 

2016 Teen Literature Mini Grants

To apply:

Closed for 2015. Check back in 2016.

Deadline was: December 31, 2015

Evaluation & Teen Survey:

Overview:

Ten public libraries will receive $500.00 total to:

  • Travel (limited to $150.00) to the seminar What’s New in Young Adult Literature provided by the Bureau of Education and Research and taught by Patti Tjomsland on January 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City at the Hampton Inn & Suites – Airport;
  • Purchase books, e-books and/or audiobooks highlighted in seminar and;
  • Plan at least one teen program featuring the highlighted books by May 15, 2016.

The Utah State Library will pay for all ten grant recipients to attend the What’s New in Young Adult Literature Seminar.

Grantees will be notified by by January 11, 2016.

The Teen Literature mini grant will result in staff:

  • Recognizing and respecting the reading tastes and educational needs of teens
  • Expanding library services and materials to teens
  • Providing an opportunity to engage teens in your library through new books

The Teen Literature mini grant recipient will:

  • Attend the “What’s New in Young Adult Literature” seminar on January 29, 2016 in Salt Lake City.
  • Purchase teen materials highlighted in the seminar to add to your library’s collection.
  • Plan and conduct at least one teen program using books purchased through mini-grant no later than May 15, 2016.
  • Acknowledge in the publicity the source of the funds for the mini grant. A suggested acknowledgement is: Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act and were administered by the Utah State Library Division, under the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts.
  • Conduct a brief survey of teen program attendees.
  • Fill out and submit an evaluation by June 15, 2016.

For more information or assistance contact:

Sharon Deeds
Youth Services Coordinator
Phone Number   (801) 715-6742 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address sdeeds@utah.gov
 

Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA)

2017 Award

In 2017, the Utah State Library Division received its full award of $1,807,104 of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds allocated to the state of Utah by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This award is about $7,000 more than the 2016 allocation.

2016 Grant Round

NEW: Search funded projects using the IMLS State Program Reports database.

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General Information

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supports libraries in Utah through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Utah State Library. LSTA grants are intended to help libraries develop their central roles as community builders. LSTA funds are used to promote improvements in services to all types of libraries; to facilitate access to, and sharing of, resources; and to achieve economical and effective delivery of service for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry. In addition, LSTA funds are targeted for statewide library services and support a wide array of programs from literacy to providing broad access to databases. This program develops the role of libraries as “information brokers,” helping to make resources and services, which are often prohibitively expensive, more readily available. LSTA also supports efforts to educate the current and future library workforce in Utah. LSTA priorities as defined in 20 USC Chapter 72, § 9141 are:

  • expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats; in all type of libraries, for individuals of all ages;
  • developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international electronic networks;
  • providing electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries;
  • developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
  • targeting 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
  • targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children from families with incomes below the poverty lines.

Utah State Library LSTA Five-Year Plan 2018–2022

The State Library staff with input from focus groups and library staff and with the assistance of outside consultants developed the LSTA Five Year Plan 2018-2022. Grant proposals should address the goals and needs outlined in the plan.

For more information or assistance contact:

Kari May
Phone Number (801) 715-6776 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address kmay@utah.gov
 

2015 LSTA Regular Grants

General Information for 2015 LSTA Regular Grants

  • The Utah State Library will award up to $450,000 during the 2015 Regular LSTA Grant funding period on a competitive basis for library projects.
  • Available funds for projects will be awarded according to community benefit and innovation.
  • Projects that request a significant portion of the available funds may be asked to reduce the size of their project prior to approval.
  • Successful proposals may be partially or fully funded. Not all requests may be funded.
  • Grant funds may not be used prior to the start date of the grant.
  • Grant projects must fit into at least one of the Goals stated in USL’s LSTA Five-Year Plan, 2013-2017

In 2015, the Utah State Library will award grants tied to three library service areas: Technology, Collections, and Digitization. For details: Project Areas Information.

Deadlines and Timetable for 2015 LSTA Regular Grants

April 1, 2015
Regular LSTA Grant application period opens
June 15, 2015
Regular LSTA Grant application period closes
July 15, 2015
Regular LSTA Grant funded projects announced
September 1, 2015
Signed Memorandum of Agreements due to Utah State Library
September 1, 2015
Regular LSTA grant projects start – Grant funding available
November 15, 2015
1st Regular LSTA Regular Grant Interim Report due to Utah State Library
February 15, 2016
2nd Regular LSTA Regular Grant Interim Report due to Utah State Library
May 15, 2016
3rd Regular LSTA Regular Grant Interim Report due to Utah State Library
June 30, 2016
Last day to spend 2015 LSTA Regular LSTA Grant project funds
October 1, 2016
Final Report for 2015 LSTA Regular Grant projects due

LSTA Regular Grant Resources

LSTA Regular Grant Interim Reports
Due: November 15, 2015, February 15, 2016 and May 15, 2016

LSTA Regular Grant Project Final Report
Due: October 1, 2016

 

 

2014 LSTA Grant Awards

On July 16 Utah State Library announced the awards of the 2014 LSTA Grant recipients. Ten grants for Collection projects totaling $98,778, three grants for Digitization projects totaling $56,054, and nine grants for Technology totaling $145,171 were awarded for a grand total of 22 grant awards totaling $300,003. Eleven of the grant recipients are public libraries, six are school libraries and 5 are academic libraries. The sub-grant award period runs from August 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

2014 LSTA Grant Awards, Recipients & Project Descriptions

Collection |Digitization | Technology | DHA Funded

Collection

Albion Middle School Library “U-Knighted” To Increase
Comprehension Through E-books, $4,500
The new Utah State ELA core curriculum shifts necessitate that an increased number of motivating and engaging non-fiction, content-area reading materials aligned with objectives from the core curriculum be available for all teachers and students, and we need additional materials to successfully implement this program.

Delta High School, and Consortium of Middle Schools from Millard, Beaver, Garfield, Kane, Iron, Washington District and Charter Schools
Students Growing in eSTRIDE, $20,000
This grant will allow middle school students and teachers in the region access to eBooks through a collaboration across our six districts and charters with a previous grant called eSTRIDE, a high-quality engaging library resource for high school in the region.

Emery County Library System, Orangeville Branch
Good-bye Melvil Dewey!, $4,510
The library needs to replace Dewey and implement a BISAC system of shelving, beginning in the non-fiction section, to better serve all patrons.

Ephraim Public Library
Story-hour enhancement and Other Children’s Programs, $1,800
Additional avenues of learning for “in-need” children are both beneficial and essential through more hands-on reading activities for our 3-8 year-olds, and more stimulating and challenging activities for our 9-18 year-olds.

Garland Public Library
Empowering Today’s Teens, $6,000
This project will implement new programming that will help educate, strengthen, and empower the teens within our community and surrounding areas. Our teens are challenged daily with bullying, teen pregnancy, dating violence, and attempted suicides.

North Davis Junior High, Norseman Nook Library
Norsemen Read Every Day to Explore Their Futures, $5,000
This project will purchase digital and print titles to support literacy in the classroom and provide support for Program Care, an after school program, with library services and career exploration workshops.

Orem Public Library
Access 24/7, $10,968
This grant seeks to increase the use of the Library’s digital services by making the collection larger and more enticing, adding additional services, and by alerting patrons to these items with extensive advertising.

Saratoga Springs Public Library
Immersion Collection to Support Local Schools, $10,000
The specific areas of Spanish, Chinese, and young adult materials have been chosen to meet the needs of children attending either of the two language immersion schools or New Haven boarding school. As a result of these schools, the library has developed programs and collections in these languages.

Springville Public Library, Partnering with Springville, Pleasant Grove, Richfield, and San Juan, Grand, Summit, and Uintah counties
Coming Together to Provide the Zinio Digital Experience, $16,000 This grant will help meet patron demand for more digital resources. The target audience is seven communities throughout Utah with a population of approximately 169,500. Online magazines will target and benefit every patron with a library card.

Washington County School District
OK Kids, break out the e-readers, it’s time to go to the library, $20,000
WCSD needs to create electronic access to books for our students. Elementary schools will be the first to achieve the 1:1 device to student ratio through a district-wide digital library for young readers.

Collection |Digitization | Technology | DHA Funded

Digitization

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney Law Library
Utah Supreme Court Briefs Digitization, $45,181
The print versions of Utah Supreme Court briefs reside in incomplete sets at three different libraries. Lawyers and legal educators would benefit greatly from having online access to Utah Supreme Court briefs.

University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library
KUTV EXTRA: A nation’s history through the eyes of Utah filmmakers, $8,620
This project proposes to: digitize the KUTV U-matic cassettes; create accompanying metadata; make the videos accessible online; and host a reception launching the online collection. Audiovisual archivists will conduct outreach to promote use of the collection.

Weber State University, Stewart Library
Digitization of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Photos, $2,253
Stewart Library Special Collections includes 326 photos of Civilian Conservation Corps projects in Utah from 1933 to 1942. Digitizing this historical collection will provide greater public access locally and nation-wide.

Collection |Digitization | Technology | DHA Funded

Technology

Lewiston Public Library
Promote Computer Literacy and Eliminate the Summer Slide, $10,000
Lewiston Public Library has teamed up with Lewiston Elementary to utilize the existing Accelerated Reader Program, where students are quizzed and rewarded for reading and comprehension, as a solution to the “summer slide.” Library computers will also be updated to run the necessary AR Program software, as well as serving routine patron use.

Murray Public Library
RFID and Self-Checkout Implementation, $38,300
Murray Library is seeking funds to implement RFID tagging technology and new self-checkouts. The purpose of this project is to increase efficiency and achieve the mission of the library.

Ogden School District Library Program
Mobile Opportunities to Become Information Literate Everywhere (MOBILE Computer Labs), $32,642
Six Mobile District Teacher Librarians work district-wide with classroom teachers and students age 5-18 to develop and implement inquiry-based research projects. This project will equip each District Teacher Librarian with a wireless mobile computer lab to use throughout the district network.

Pleasant Grove Library
Kindles and High School Required Reading, $6,000
This project will use LSTA funds to buy 36 Kindle devices loaded with the books on the required reading lists for check-out to students.

Provo City Library
Collaboration Station: A Media Table with Screen-sharing Technology, $8,993
Our objective is to provide a study room equipped with a media table for connecting and sharing screens from individuals’ laptops, tablets, and smartphones to enable team collaboration.

Southwest Education Development Center (SEDC), Millard School District
Moving Forward with KOHA , $7,322
For the twenty-three schools in Kane, Beaver, Garfield and Iron school districts successfully using the KOHA system, this project will continue to develop this solution using LSTA funds to purchase additional servers for the SEDC region ensuring enough processing power to serve all schools.

Tremonton City Library
Computer Project: Brainfuse, $10,654
LSTA funds will purchase a laptop kiosk and the Brainfuse program.

Westminster College, Giovale Library 
Instruction Lab Technology Update, $18,560
The library classroom is outdated for today’s technology. The total project will redesign our space to include new furniture, computers and technological supports for our diverse community of college students (18 and older), staff, faculty, and the local community. The new configuration will encourage collaborative information literacy learning.

White Pine Middle School
Chromebook Lab, $12,700
A Chromebook lab will greatly benefit the school, and provide the freedom to have a computer for each student when they come to the library to do research. It will also allow us to turn any room into a computer lab when we co-teach in a teacher’s classroom.

Collection |Digitization | Technology | DHA Funded

Department of Heritage and Arts Funded Digitization Projects

Park City Public Library
Park Record Historic Newspaper Preservation Project, $10,000
The unusual history of a dilapidated mining camp turning into the home of the Sundance Film Festival and an infamous resort town is locked up in old newspapers, microfilmed, but difficult to access. With the newspapers digitized, journalists, historians, and citizens will find answers, understand the local community, and learn from the past.

Springville Public Library
Digitization of the Springville Herald Newspaper: 1924-1956, $21,882
The Springville Public Library has microfilm and original paper issues of the newspaper dating from 1895 to 2009. This collection is open to the public by appointment, but is fragile and not entirely indexed. The Springville Public Library hopes to digitize part of this collection and make it available to the public and searchable online.

 

 

LSTA Appeal Process

Applicant Libraries whose LSTA grant applications are denied funding may appeal to the State Library Board for reconsideration.

Either the Project Director of the grant or the Library Director of the applicant library should submit the reasons for appealing the funding denial. The appeal should be written to the Utah State Library Board (in care of the State Librarian) and should include a request for a re-evaluation of the application.

Letters should be mailed to:

Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

The State Librarian must receive the appeal letter within two weeks from the date that the applicant was notified that their grant was denied.

The Board will consider requests for appeal at their next scheduled meeting.