Library Council of Washington

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LSTA National Priorities

Please keep in mind that new projects developed with LSTA funding must advance one or more of the national LSTA State Programs priorities and must work to deliver library programs, services, and resources to the people of the state.

The national priorities are:

  1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages in order to support such individuals’ needs for education, life-long learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills;
  2. Establishing or enhancing electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities, as described in 9134(b)(6), for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services;
    1. Providing training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services; and
    2. Enhancing efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services;
  3. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
  4. 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;
  5. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved;
  6. Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks; and
  7. Carrying out other activities consistent with the purposes set forth in section 9121, as described in the State library administrative agency’s plan.


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