ERIC Number: ED434656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-24
Reference Count: N/A
State Library of Iowa Five-Year Plan for the Use of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Funds FY98-FY02.
Iowa State Library, Des Moines.
This document outlines the five-year Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) plan for the state of Iowa. The background of library services in Iowa is outlined, followed by the development of the Five-Year Plan. The new federal legislation authorizing LSTA offered Iowa an opportunity to (1) re-examine the strengths of Iowa libraries and what is needed to reach the above vision for Iowans; (2) consider the accomplishments and lessons of the past; (3) envision new goals; and (4) position libraries to meet the future demands of Iowa residents for responsive, high quality library service. Conclusions from focus groups cover: current external environment in Iowa, strengths and challenges of Iowa's library community, decision making principles, and identified goals. Four major needs for the state's libraries are: (1) expanded access to information and materials; (2) knowledgeable and well-trained library staff, public library trustees and library users; (3) better focus and utilization of services through increased resource sharing and partnerships; and (4) continued State Library leadership, programs and services. LSTA goals for Iowa are: (1) to provide all Iowans with expanded access to information and materials through the State of Iowa Libraries Online (SILO) network; (2) to improve library service to Iowans through knowledgeable, well-trained staff and well-informed public library trustees and library users; (3) to meet Iowans' increasing demand for information and library services by identifying and encouraging resource sharing and partnerships; and (4) to provide state level leadership and services to accomplish the LSTA Five-Year Plan. Also described are procedures to carry out the activities; methodology that the state library administrative agency will use to evaluate the success of the activities in meeting the goals and priorities; the plan for expenditure of 4% allowed for State library agency administrative cost; procedures that will be used to involve libraries and library users throughout the state in policy decisions regarding implementation of the plan; and assurances.(AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Financial Support, Grants, Libraries, Library Funding, Library Networks, Library Planning, Library Services, Objectives, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Shared Resources and Services, State Programs, Strategic Planning
Assistant State Librarian, LSTA Program Coordinator, State Library of Iowa, E. 12th and Grand, Des Moines, IA 50319. Tel: 515-281-4400.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Library, Des Moines.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Technology Act 1996