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LSTA Goals and Objectives: LSTA Goals and Objectives

Federal LSTA Grants to States Priorities (20 U.S.C. § 9141)

  • Expand 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 in order to support such individuals' needs for education, lifelong learning, workforce development, and digital literacy skills;
  • Establish or enhance electronic and other linkages and improved coordination among and between libraries and entities for the purpose of improving the quality of and access to library and information services;
  • Provide training and professional development, including continuing education, to enhance the skills of the current library workforce and leadership, and advance the delivery of library and information services;
  • Enhance efforts to recruit future professionals to the field of library and information services;
  • Develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations;
  • Target library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills;
  • Target 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 (as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with section 9902(2) of title 42) applicable to a family of the size involved;
  • Develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international collaborations and networks; and
  • Carry out other activities consistent with the purposes set forth in section 9121, as described in the SLAA's plan.

Nevada LSTA Goals

All goals are considered equal in priority. See Nevada LSTA Plan, 2018-2022 for details. 

Goal I: Strengthen Nevada libraries' ability to effectively respond to community needs through assessment, planning and training. (LSTA Priorities 3, 5, 6 & 7)

  • Objective: Identify local, regional and statewide library needs of consumers.
  • Objective: Develop training and grant opportunities to address the identified needs.


  • Provide training and support for needs assessment at local, regional and statewide levels that identify the information and access needs of users.
  • Fund the development of robust, user-focused library plans. 

Goal 2: Encourage Nevada libraries to develop and use partnerships and collaboration to maximize user resources and services throughout the state. (LSTA Priorities 3 & 4)

  • Objective: Cultivate collaborative processes and projects to improve access to and availability of resources and services.


  • Develop and extend services, resources and programming through partnerships with libraries and other organizations and agencies.
  • Convene regional and statewide meetings to develop partnership and collaborative opportunities for various types of libraries and library related organizations. 

Goal 3: Nevada libraries will provide responsive learning environments for Nevada residents. (LSTA Priorities 1 & 3)

  • Objective: Expand and enhance libraries ability to meet the spectrum of learning and information needs of their communities. 


  • Develop programs, resources and partnerships to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related projects in libraries.
  • Support reading and literacy programming in Nevada libraries.
  • Develop programs and resources to reach the underserved and challenged populations.
  • ​Support Nevada Talking Books program for persons with visual or physical disabilities. 
  • Goal 4: Build capacity of libraries to meet user identified access needs.

Goal 4: Build capacity of libraries to meet user identified access needs. (LSTA Priorities 3 & 4)

  • Objective: Assist libraries in creatively adapting to societal and technological change.
  • Objective: Develop Nevada libraries to be the gateways to information for their communities.


  • Support online resources and services to extend and enhance information access to Nevada communities.
  • Develop technology and information literacy initiatives to meet community needs.
  • Support the libraries role in workforce development for the communities.