Gathering Ideas for Future Statewide Projects

Final Ranking of 2014 Ideas

Seven ideas were reviewed by the Library Council of Washington at their Tuesday May 13, 2014 meeting. The following table shows the final ranking and weighted scores.

Rank Idea
Weighted Score
1 14-GI-016 All Aboard For Kindergarten 17
2 14-GI-020 Living Voters Guide 15
3 14-GI-002 Libraries as Open Education Leaders 11
4 14-GI-022 Trustee Training 10
5 14-GI-017 STEM 7
6 14-GI-010 Leadership Training 4
7 14-GI-013 Programming Boxes 0

2014 Ideas for Further Consideration

The following ideas have been reviewed by the Library Council of Washington at their March 27, 2014 meeting and will be discussed further at their Tuesday May 13, 2014 meeting. Ideas not in this list have been eliminated from further consideration for the use of LSTA 2014 funding. Approximately $250,000 is available to support one or more ideas. Please note that the documents on this page may require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader Adobe Reader - Click to Download.

Ideas for projects that use LSTA funding should be statewide in scope. Ideas may target specific needs, take advantage of emerging technology or other opportunities, or target a specific segment or user group of the Washington library community. The resulting projects could range from technical assistance and training, to the development of services and collaborative efforts, to competitive grant programs. The strongest ideas will be consistent with both the LCW Priorities and Principles.

This is a competitive process in the sense that there is no guarantee that an idea will receive funding for implementation. If accepted, ideas for projects will be more fully developed by Washington State Library staff. As a project is being developed, a staff person may contact you to discuss the idea in more detail. If an advisory committee is formed to guide the development of the project, you will be invited to participate in that committee.

Library Council of Washington Priorities

The LCW has identified these specific areas as critical to the advancement of library services, or as filling gaps in service which need to be addressed at a statewide level. Priorities are not listed in a particular order. Priorities are subject to review and change over time.

  • Advance applied literacy in the state of Washington in areas such as legal research, health information, employment/job searching, and developing civic/voter education resources.
  • Enhance libraries' relevancy in a democratic society.
  • Serve underserved, unserved, and culturally diverse communities and populations.

Library Council of Washington Principles

The LCW has agreed upon these general concepts to guide decisions on how to use LSTA funding.

Projects that receive LSTA funding should:

  1. Fall within the Council priorities as noted above.
  2. Address a severe problem, provide a significant opportunity, or substantially advance library development in Washington State.
  3. Emphasize statewide efforts and provide statewide benefit in all libraries or in specific types of libraries.
  4. Emphasize advancing libraries collectively and supporting the common good for all libraries.
  5. Promote resource sharing and collaboration, including creating partnerships with community organizations.
  6. Increase the relevance of libraries in their communities.
  7. Provide the potential for a significant positive impact within two years. Impacts should be measurable using outcomes or other standard evaluation tools.
  8. Include specific, realistic and appropriate timeframes. If the project is to continue to utilize LSTA funding beyond the specified timeframes, the project should first have tried to identify a non-LSTA funding source for its continuance. If no other source of funding is found, the project must then seek re-approval and be judged in light of the needs of other ongoing projects and new opportunities.
  9. Provide for annual evaluations and provide annual project progress reports for use in Council decision-making processes.

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