Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan Available for Comment

A draft of New York State’s proposed new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Five-Year Plan is now posted on the State Library’s website at for public review and comment. The State Library encourages comments from the library community, interested stakeholders, and the general public on the content of the draft.

Please send comments, questions, and suggestions by e-mail to The comment period will end on Monday, January 29, 2007.

The Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the LSTA Program, requires a Five-Year Plan that describes the State Library’s mission, the library service needs identified for the state, and the ways in which the state plans to use federal LSTA funds to meet those needs. The new plan is based on Regents policy for libraries as described in the ten recommendations of the Regents Commission on Library Services. Developed over several months in 2006 with the participation and recommendations of statewide library advisory groups such as the Regents Advisory Counsel on Libraries, the draft describes in detail New York State’s plans for the use of federal LSTA and required matching funds for the five-year period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2012.

The proposed plan outlines specific program activities and the outputs and outcomes they are designed to produce, along with process and timelines. It encompasses activities that will be carried out by the State Library and the libraries and library systems of the state with a combination of federal and matching New York State and private funds (such as those from the Gates Foundation).

The federal LSTA program provides funds that help support local libraries throughout New York State. Through statewide services and grants from the New York State Library, the program encourages the blending of local, state, and federal resources to build and enhance library services for all New Yorkers.

New Yorkers benefitted from $9 million in federal funding to their libraries through the LSTA program in 2006. Although federal funds represent less than one percent of library expenditures in New York State, they have a significant impact as they leverage state and local funds and fuel innovation. Family reading programs, employment information services, and access to high-quality electronic resources such as those provided by NOVELny, the state’s first statewide virtual library, are among the vital library services these funds stimulate.

For more information on the federal LSTA program and its importance to New York State’s libraries and all New Yorkers, please visit the New York State Library’s website at For more information on LSTA funding or the New York State Library, contact Janet M. Welch, State Librarian, or call (518) 474-5930.

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