Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Competitive Grants for the Pacific Territories, Freely Associated States, and U.S. Virgin Islands
July 2013 Grant Announcement


American Samoa

Feleti Barstow Public Library – Pago Pago, AS
Award Amount: $40,720

Contact: Ms. Cheryl Morales Polataivao
Territorial Librarian
(011) (684) 633-5816;

Feleti Barstow Public Library, the designated State Library Administrative Agency for the U.S. Territory of American Samoa, will expand electronic access to the Polynesian Photo Archives (PPA) and sustain regional access to databases. Established in 2000, the PPA collection contains nearly 800,000 images related to the territory’s history, traditions, and culture. Funds will support staffing and archival processing costs to ensure that historic still and moving images from the American Samoa government are preserved and made accessible to the public. As the founding member of the Information Literacy Consortium, a regional collective of libraries in the U.S.-affiliated Pacific region, Feleti Barstow Public Library will also support continued access to EBSCOHost databases.


Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Joeten-Kiyu Public Library – Saipan, MP
Award Amount: $40,720

Contact: Mr. John Oliver DLR. Gonzales
Executive Director
(670) 235-7324;

Designated as the Northern Mariana Islands’ State Library, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will reach underserved populations through bookmobile outreach and digital literacy skills training. By funding the bookmobile’s staff, collections, and mobile hotspot, the project will extend the library’s services to outlying areas, at participating schools, youth and community centers, Head Start locations, and widely attended cultural and sporting events. Additionally, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library will encourage self-paced reading at schools and village communities using interactive PDFs, e-books, and media-enhanced titles on provided laptops. The bookmobile will extend these digital literacy efforts through basic computer and Internet training.


Federated States of Micronesia

FSM National Archives, Culture and Historic Preservation – Palikir, Pohnpei, FM
Award Amount: $34,000

Contact: Mr. Augustine Kohler
Acting Director of NACH
(011) (691) 320-2343;

Through the purchase and installation of library automation software, the Federated States of Micronesia’s Office of National Archives, Culture and Historic Preservation (NACH) will enhance collection management among its four main islands, which are hundreds of miles apart. Six participating libraries that serve students and the public will receive installation assistance and training for the new software. The project will pave the way for the development of a catalog that allows searching across different library collections and facilitates interlibrary loan. In this way, it will lead to increased resource sharing and give students and the general public access to enhanced collections.



Guam Public Library System – Hagatna, GU
Award Amount: $40,720

Contact: Ms. Sandra M. Stanley
Administrative Officer
(671) 475-4754;

Guam Public Library System (GPLS), the main depository of federal and local materials on Guam, will use grant funds to convert aging microfilm collections to a more accessible electronic medium. GPLS will procure conversion services from an outside vendor for over 400 microfilms representing historic U.S. Consul dispatches and local news publications. This history is important to researchers, educators, students, and the general public. Through its planned conversion efforts, GPLS will preserve these materials for future generations. The project will have additional impact in the form of improved information retrieval for library staff as well as any needed training on the chosen format.



Pacific Resources for Education and Learning - Honolulu, HI
Grant Program: National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Category: Demonstration
Award Amount: $249,558

Contact: Jane Barnwell
(808) 441-1320;

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning will use its grant to implement, “Successful Early Eco-literacy Development” (SEED), a project-based curriculum that uses the topics of nutrition and cultivation to increase childhood literacy.  School gardens will serve as spaces where students can engage in their community’s wealth of knowledge about food cultivation, while building language and literacy skills through the project’s activities.  It will specifically address the need to close the reading gap for third grade students on Majuro in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This program will address the achievement gap that separates many Pacific Island students from their U.S. mainland peers by bringing together libraries and museums to collaborate in support of student literacy. The project will help close the gap in literacy, raise the reading standard, and ensure that all children have the necessary support to meet that new standard.



Palau Ministry of EducationKoror, PW
Award Amount: $40,720

Contact: Mr. Sinton Soalablai
Chief of School Management
(680) 488-2811;

Together with local library and academic partners, the Palau Ministry of Education will enhance local library collections and make continuing education opportunities available to library staff. It will use grant funds to purchase newer recreational and educational reading materials and deliver them to outlying communities through its bookmobile. With an emphasis on community reading, the project will also encompass a one-week workshop on readers advisory training for library workers and library science students. Participants will gain exposure to literature circles/book clubs and learn about various reading genres, which will enhance programming for local communities. Grant funds will also support Palau’s contribution to the Information Literacy Consortium, which supports regional access to EBSCOHost databases.


Republic of the Marshall Islands

Alele Museum, Public Library & National Archives – Majuro, MH
Award Amount: $40,720

Contact: Ms. Bonny Taggart
Interim Director
(011) (692) 625-3372;

Alele Museum, Public Library & National Archives, the designated State Library Administrative Agency for the Marshall Islands, will continue its technology training and book lending services for seniors by engaging youths from a local high school and a partner organization as computer trainers. Alele will supplement this digital literacy training with a twice-weekly mobile book lending service for seniors. Through this project, the community will benefit from intergenerational sharing opportunities while increasing digital literacy among the Marshall Islands’ aging population. Grant funds will also support the Information Literacy Consortium, which provides regional access to EBSCOHost databases.