IMLS funding announced to improve library services

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) last week announced funding for 56 State Library Administration Agencies (SLAAs) totaling almost $155 million. The annual Grants to States represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the United States and supported by the American Library Association. A full list of state grants can be found here.

Each year, over 2,500 Grants to States projects support the purposes and priorities outlined in the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). SLAAs may use the funds to support statewide initiatives and services, and they may also distribute the funds through competitive sub-awards to, or cooperative agreements with, public, academic, research, school, or special libraries or consortia (for-profit and federal libraries are not eligible).

States and sub-recipients have partnered with community organizations to provide a variety of services and programs, including access to electronic databases, computer instruction, homework centers, summer reading programs, digitization of special collections, access to e-books and adaptive technology, bookmobile service, and development of outreach programs to the underserved. To find out more about how funds are used in your state, visit your state profile page.

The grants allocate a base amount to each of the SLAAs, plus a supplemental amount based on population. The agency’s Grants to States program provides federal funds as a supplement to existing state library services rather than a replacement for state funding, and it assures local involvement through financial matching requirements. The newly released allotment table identifies both the federal (66%) and state match share (34%) for each SLAA.

ALA maintains a close working relationship with IMLS, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. IMLS’s grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook,  Twitter and Tumblr.

About Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is the assistant director of the American Library Association's Office of Government Relations.

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