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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

Virginia Five Year Plan (2012-2017)


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 the legislation, Institute of Museum and Library Services provides funds to State Library Agencies using a population-based formula. State Libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services; they may also distribute the funds through competitive subgrant competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries in their 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

- from the Institute of Museum and Library Services