The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) consists of a state grants program and competitive grant program administered directly from the federal level by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including the National Leadership Grants, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program and grants for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. The LSTA funds in the state grants program provide support for statewide library programs and seed money for projects that improve library services throughout the United States. In Minnesota funds are allocated based on the goals and programs in the current State of Minnesota LSTA Five-Year Plan 2013-2017.

SELCO and SELS have received several grants over the years which have resulted in a number of programs and projects in the region.  In the recent years we’ve been awarded the following LSTA grants: 

Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO)

“Data Driven Collection Development”  —  2014  —  $51,981

Data Driven Collection Development will improve library collections by leveraging the power of data mining and other business intelligence technologies. Libraries will use new tools to make better-informed decisions, prioritize purchasing, respond to the needs of their communities, gain insights into the collection development strategies of comparable libraries, and streamline their collections to serve more people with fewer resources. Participating libraries will attend training and workshops and will receive individualized collection development recommendations based on the data gleaned.

Southeast Library System (SELS)

“Community School Media Centers as Online Partners”  —  2014  —  $19,118

Community School Media Centers as Online Partners – 2014 will enable the school library media center at the Red Wing High School to become a SELCO Online Library. Participating in the SELCO Integrated Library System (ILS) via the regional library system and MnLINK network will multiply the materials available and greatly expand the media center’s capacity to serve its students, faculty, and staff, as well as help Red Wing Public Schools meet its vision “for all students to fulfill their highest potential and to become respectful, responsible, productive citizens.