Development of Libraries

Library Council of Washington

The Library Council of Washington advises the State Librarian and the Office of the Secretary of State on statewide library issues and the expenditure of federal funds.

LSTA Background

An overview of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Washington State LSTA Five Year Plan 2013 – 2017 Adobe Reader - Click to Download

The LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013 – 2017 has recently been submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for their review and approval. IMLS may return the plan with comments for further consideration or they may approve the plan without comment. An approved plan will become effective on October 1, 2012. This plan guides the activities to be conducted for federal LSTA awards given out from federal fiscal year 2013 through federal fiscal year 2017. Accepted by IMLS, September 24, 2012

LSTA Five-Year Evaluation 2008 through 2012 Adobe Reader - Click to Download

In accordance with IMLS guidelines and LSTA regulations, a study of Washington state's LSTA program is being developed by the University of Washington Information School, US Impact Study Team and is available for download. The LSTA Five-Year Plan Evaluation reviews the activities used to implement the LSTA Five-Year Plan 2008 – 2012. Accepted by IMLS, August 13, 2012

Statewide Vision for Washington Libraries Adobe Reader - Click to Download

As a precursor to the development of the LSTA Five-Year Plan for 2008 - 2012, a more general statewide plan and vision was developed that provided guidance to Washington libraries as they worked collaboratively to achieve mutually supportive goals. Much of this vision remains valid during the current period.

The Statewide Vision is a document that grew from the discussions at the four future search conferences held in February 2007 in Everett, Kennewick, Olympia, and Spokane. It is a summation of the vision of the participants of those conferences. The activities/objectives which are found within the vision are to be accomplished at many levels, local, regional, and state. Not every significant library service or issue is included in this plan – only those that are deemed most critical to the future of libraries or which have not yet been fully realized.

Annual report on the use of LSTA funding Adobe Reader - Click to Download

Each year the Washington State Library submits an annual report on the use of LSTA funding to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The current Annual Report is for the use of the 2015 award.


Jeff Martin
LSTA Program Manager

Washington State Library
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA 98504-2460
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