District of Columbia LSTA
The primary mission of the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is to provide public library services to the residents of the District of Columbia. However, DCPL is also considered a state library administrative agency (SLAA). As the SLAA for the District of Columbia, DCPL is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program in the District.
The Library Services and Technology Act is a component of The Museum and Library Services Act of 2010. The LSTA program is administered at the Federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). It is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. Under the requirements of the legislation, IMLS provides funds to state library administrative agencies using a population-based formula. (See the most current State Allotments.) IMLS has been working with the SLAAs to develop focal areas to guide states in use of their funding. These six focal areas are:
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program
- Lifelong learning
- Employment & economic development
- Human services
- Civic engagement
- Information access
- Library capacity building
LSTA EligibilityTo be eligible to receive LSTA funds, each SLAA must submit a five-year plan that outlines how the state agency intends to use LSTA funds in accordance with the LSTA priorities. The five-year plan must include a needs assessment as well as goals, activities and processes that will be used to evaluate the state agencies' progress toward its goals.
DCPL’s LSTA Plan 2013-2017 includes five goals that align directly with five of the six focal areas identified by IMLS and cooperating SLAAs. These goals are:
- Lifelong Learning -- All District residents will have the reading skills, the information resources and the library services they need to succeed in school, at work, and in their daily lives.
- Access to Information -- All District residents will be able to locate and access library and information services and resources that are relevant to their lives through the provision of traditional reading materials, non-print media, online tools and electronic networks.
- Employment and Economic Development -- All District residents will have the knowledge, skills and tools they need to acquire productive and fulfilling employment.
- Civic Engagement -- All District residents will expand their involvement in community life as a result of participation in Library-based programs and in community-based programs held at the Library.
- Library Capacity Building -- All District residents will enjoy enhanced library and information services because library staff members have the knowledge, skills and competencies they need to offer high-quality 21st century library services.