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Continuing Education Grants

CE Grants are now available for conferences and classes taking place October 2016 through August 2017. Download the guidelines and applications below.

Note on mileage reimbursementFor grants with travel that includes mileage (driving a car instead of flying), the rate of reimbursement is $0.54/mile.  (2015-2016 General Appropriations Act in Proviso 117.20.J, IRS Revenue IR 2015-137)

1.  Applications will be accepted for conferences and multi-session online or in-person courses. One-time webinars or one-session classes will not be funded at this time. See the guidelines for award amounts.

2. There are a limited number of grants available for SC academic librarians in addition to those awarded to public librarians. (No grants are available for school librarians in the current year.)

IMPORTANT - Please read before applying for LSTA funds

Grants of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds are available for library staff wishing to expand their professional knowledge by attending a professional conference such as SCLA, PLA, or ALA. Reimbursement of related expenses is available for conference attendance that allows librarians to develop, expand, deliver, or promote services and programs that are related to the six federal purposes.*

The six Federal purposes as outlined in LSTA (20 U.S.C. 9141) are:

  1. Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages;

  2. Developing library services that provide all users with access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks;

  3. Providing electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries;

  4. Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;

  5. Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;

  6. Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line.

IMLS

LSTA grants are made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our 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 IMLS on Facebook and Twitter. 

LSTA Administration

For additional information on LSTA grants in South Carolina, contact Director of Library Development Kathy Sheppard, (803) 734-8653, ksheppard@statelibrary.sc.gov

 

To submit a comment or complaint about the administration of LSTA grants, please contact the SCSL Acting Director, Leesa Aiken, 803-734-8668.

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