LSTA purposes provide the foundation for the 2013-2017 OLIS Five Year State Plan for the expenditure of LSTA funds. The four goals of the OLIS plan are:
- Facilitate access to and sharing of resources and information in all types of libraries.
- Ensure the provision of library services to people with disabilities.
- Create opportunities for libraries to enhance their capacity to provide services and resources to all Rhode Islanders.
- Increase and enhance the competencies and capacities of librarians, library paraprofessionals, and library trustees through an active program of continuing education.
To advance the achievement of these goals, Rhode Island libraries and library consortia, are encouraged to submit applications to the LORI Grant Program as follows:
- From groups of libraries and other non-profit partners to create an infrastructure that would enable them to provide library services or programs for, to, or among the partners that could not be provided as well by a single partner alone;
- That enhance and expand the functionality of LORI, the statewide library network, by the addition of member libraries or by creating access to previously unavailable resources;
- That employ new technologies to expand access to library collections and services;
- That increase library collections or make unique extant materials freely available to Rhode Islanders and meet demonstrated community needs; or,
- That expand access to library materials or services to people with disabilities.
Priority will be given to innovative projects that create demonstrable and sustainable change in the delivery of library services in Rhode Island.
In keeping with the purpose of LSTA, capital expenditures are not eligible for the LORI Grant Program.
The purposes of the Library Services and Technology Act as stated in 20 U.S.C. 9121 (1-9):
- to enhance coordination among Federal programs that relate to library and information services;
- to promote continuous improvement in library services in all types of libraries in order to better serve the people of the United States;
- to facilitate access to resources in all types of libraries for the purpose of cultivating an educated and informed citizenry;
- to encourage resource sharing among all types of libraries for the purpose of achieving economical and efficient delivery of library services to the public;
- to promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning and to enhance and expand the services and resources provided by libraries, including those services and resources relating to workforce development, 21st century skills, and digital literacy skills;
- to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services;
- to ensure the preservation of knowledge and library collections in all formats and to enable libraries to serve their communities during disasters;
- to enhance the role of libraries within the information infrastructure of the United States in order to support research, education, and innovation; and
- to promote library services that provide users with access to information through national, state, local, regional, and international collaborations and networks.
View the complete text of the LSTA (Subchapter II, Library Services and Technology, pp.10-11)