The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a grant of $1.17 million to the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) to fund state library IT infrastructures, networks and other technology costs. These funds are distributed annually as part of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) to libraries in all 50 states and U.S. territories, making each state responsible for meeting the effort requirements.
“LSTA funding is the primary source of federal funding for America’s libraries,” said state librarian Richard Burns in a June 13 press release, ”and HSPLS would be unable to provide the programs, public access technology and resources we do without these funds.”
The grant enables Hawaii’s public libraries to continue to offer annual subscriptions to online databases, Microsoft IT Academy, PowerSpeak Languages and newer resources like eResource and Ed2Go, as well as covering some eBook, eAudio and eMusic access costs. These services are accessible to anyone with a valid HSPLS library card.
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