Legacy Library receives ‘Exemplary Program’ honor

gates-chasMarietta College’s Legacy Library was recently selected by the State Library of Ohio as an Exemplary Program for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) 2011 Program Report to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
 
As part of the Report to IMLS, the State Library of Ohio identifies three to six exemplary projects. State Library staff select projects based on their relation to LSTA goals, impact of the project on the target population and the ability to be replicated in other parts of the state.

 
The Legacy Library project allowed for the digitization of a significant collection of materials related to the history of southeastern Ohio, particularly those items that had a relevance to the region’s role in the Civil War.
 
Additionally, two photograph collections depicting soldiers from the 53rd and 91st OVI regiments were made available online. During the project period, approximately 3,000 images were scanned and are now available through OhioLINK.
 
This timely project makes valuable historical resources accessible that support the Civil War 150 initiative. The feedback mechanism, currently under development for a web-based form to elicit usage and demographic information, also led to the exemplary designation.
 
During Federal fiscal year 2011 (October 2010 through September 2011), the State Library of Ohio awarded 59 LSTA grants. A total of 71 libraries submitted 83 applications. Fifty-nine grants were awarded to 48 institutions.
 
LSTA was enacted on Sept. 30, 1996, and enables public, school, academic and special libraries to apply for federal library funds. IMLS is the federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership and lifetime learning through the support of museum and library programs. IMLS provides LSTA funds each year to the State Library of Ohio.
 
Under federal legislation, LSTA has two major focuses: Technology, including electronic linkages of resources and automation; and Services to the Underserved. Based on this, the State Library offers grants in the following areas: Technological Innovation, Automation, Training, Targeted Populations, and Services to Youth in Poverty.
 
TOM PERRY