Wyoming State Librarian Jamie Markus was at ALA Midwinter the last few days. On Saturday, he was on the panel for “Responding to Needs and Trends: State and National Vantage Points (IMLS).”
In recent years state libraries looked deeply at user needs and trends in library services, through Five-Year Evaluations and Plans submitted to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Now that the 2018-22 plans for spending LSTA funds are underway, chief officers from the states will discuss the needs they anticipated, as well as emerging trends they might be seeing. IMLS will also share trends from its vantage point as a national funder. To help participants identify emerging trends, the session will cover tools to search across the more than 1,500 library projects that IMLS funds annually.
The other panelists were Teri DeVoe, Associate Deputy Director, Grants to States, Institute of Museum and Library Services; Karen Mellor, Chief of Library Services, Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services; and Holly Henley, State Librarian & Director of Library Services, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
Find information about Wyoming’s LSTA fund evaluations and plans on our website.