Rose Frost rfrost at utah.gov
Fri Jan 4 11:52:10 MST 2008

The New Year brings another opportunity for school library media specialists and librarians in public, academic, and special libraries to apply for a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant. Imagine the possibilities to enhance services for your library patrons from 0 to 99!
First time grant applicants are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to submit your required "Intent to Apply" form is Friday, Feb. 1. The deadline for grant applications is Friday, February 15.

It is not too late to register to attend a LSTA Grant Writing Workshop. One will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Utah State Library. Another workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on the campus of Snow College, Richfield. 

The workshops are free of charge and are open to public, special, and academic librarians and to school library media specialists and district media supervisors. 

Whether you are planning to submit a grant in the Spring 2008 Round or wanting to get a head start on a Fall 2008 grant, these workshops will provide an excellent overview of the LSTA Competitive Grant program and application process.

Here is the link to register online:


Topics to be covered include the Six Goals of LSTA, types of projects that can be funded, grant funding levels, requirements for matching funds, outcome based evaluation, and how to obtain state contract quotes for technology.

There are three categories for grant projects under the Utah State Library's new Five Year Plan, 2008-2012. They are: technology infrastructure, enhanced access to library services, and networked information.

Technology infrastructure can include but is not limited to basic library automation, workstations, laptops, integrated library systems, web-based catalogs, LCD projectors, and wireless networks.

Enhanced access to library services is a broad category designed to serve targeted populations that require customized assistance in accessing library and information services and materials. Projects can include special equipment, hardware and/or software, special collections in customized formats or in languages other than English, or customized training opportunities or outreach programs. Special needs populations can be individuals with visual and learning disabilities, those with limited literacy, infants, toddlers, home schooled, at risk youth, immigrants, ethnic groups, senior citizens, and children and families with incomes below the poverty line.

The third category, networked information, provides financial support for the digitization of unique Utah-related historical materials for access through the Mountain West Digital Library.

For additional information, please contact Rose Frost rfrost at utah.gov or (801) 715-6742.

Rose Frost
Grants Coordinator/Library Consultant
Utah State Library Division
250 N. 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901

phone: 801.715.6742   fax: 801.715.6767
1.800.662-9150 ext. 742  (in-Utah-WATS)

Email: rfrost at utah.gov


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