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Special library projects build community

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Tom McCarthy, DPI Communications Director, (608) 266-3559

MADISON — Special projects that will bring mobile makerspaces to Milwaukee County branch libraries, create a Citizen Information Project to serve immigrants in Manitowoc, and enhance STEM skills for elementary students through a library system and school partnership were among 45 that received Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants for 2016.

State Superintendent Tony Evers recently approved LSTA subaward grants of $736,542. Wisconsin receives $2.7 million from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as part of the federal, population-based Grants to States program that also supports statewide and system services.

“The LSTA program provides important funding to support projects that advance child and adult literacy, provide services to the unemployed and underemployed, and build community through creativity and learning activities for all ages,” Evers said. “Our strong public libraries make Wisconsin a great place to live.”

Competitive grant activities will run from April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. The state’s LSTA Advisory Committee reviewed grant applications and made recommendations for awards, grouped across broad priorities. Grant awards categories are:

Accessibility — More than $89,000 to eight public libraries and public library systems;
Digital Creation — $95,280 to nine projects, several which will be mobile;
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) — $50,000 to meet the minimum requirements of participation in the DPLA;
Digitization of Local Materials — $9,280 to complete digitization for the Jefferson County Union and Hoard’s Dairyman magazine;
Delivery Services — $90,000 to support the statewide delivery service backbone structure and delivery service to the libraries and library systems in the very northern part of the state;
Library System Technology — $350,000 to support technology projects in 17 public library systems, including public Internet and wireless access;
Literacy — Almost $50,000 for six projects that promote and demonstrate the role of public libraries in providing literacy services; and
Merging Integrated Library Systems — $12,000 to support catalog sharing in the Lakeshore and Kenosha County library systems.


NOTE: The full list of subaward grants is in the official news release. Abstracts of 2016 LSTA projects can be found online at

Official Release