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American Samoa

Contact Name: 
Mr. Justin H. Maga
Contact Title: 
Territorial Librarian
State Library Address: 
Feleti Barstow Public Library
P.O. Box 997687
Pago Pago, AS 96799
+1 684 633 5816
+1 684 633 5823
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The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.


“Support for the American Samoa Library Cooperative, which is the Territorial library consortium that shares the Destiny Online Catalog, will continue and strengthen. Our attention will be focused, too, on literacy services.”

-- Justin Maga, Territorial Librarian, Feleti Barstow Public Library, American Samoa

Project Examples

Literacy Services
The American Samoa Government promotes literacy through programming for all ages.  Early Literacy programs, offered twice a week, engage parents and caregivers with children aged 0-4 by supporting pre-reading skills. The Summer Reading Program, held five times a week for eight weeks, includes a physical activity in addition to reading, arts, crafts and special events for children aged 0-12. The Homework Club is the most popular after school program in the territory and draws students from nearly every high school and elementary school on island. The top-attended Homework Club programs include National History Day, the science fair, and Math in Art. This year, the library added a Samoan Language Technology Camp, in which participants used tablets to create eBooks in the Samoan language.  Participants reported learning new technology and Samoan language skills. 
IMLS Funds: $19,477

Technology Services
The American Samoa Government enhances technological services for patrons and members of the American Samoa Library Cooperative. The project maintains an online public access catalog, which includes American Samoa Community College, American Samoa Historic Preservation Office, American Samoa Department of Education, KVZK TV, Kanana Fou Theological Seminary, and Tafuna Youth in Corrections. Grant funds also provided software upgrades, replacement hardware, and instructional materials for a basic computers course. This year, the project purchased two scanners for the Polynesian Photo Archives and Pacific Collection. This enabled the preservation of rare books in the collection as well as scans of more than 800,000 donated photos dating from 1975-2011.
IMLS Funds: $47,099

Staff Development
The American Samoa Government provides opportunities for staff to pursue professional development and training. Most staff are paraprofessionals, but professional librarians also need the opportunity to maintain their skills through training, conferences, and other continuing education opportunities. During the grant period, staff attended professional conferences, participated in professional training on island, and watched training videos. As a result, library staff have progressed in their professional development and help improve service to the community.
IMLS Funds: $13,552

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Goal 1: Maintain, expand, and promote the Polynesian Photo Archives (PPA).

  • Projects include:
    • Evaluation of hardware, software and training needs for the expansion of digitization
    • Cultural literacy programs and partnerships with cultural organizations
    • Crowd-sourcing mechanism for identifying people, events, places, etc.

Goal 2: Maintain, expand, and promote Computer Lab services.

  • Projects include:
    • Computer classes and staff trainings
    • Maintenance, expansion and training related to the online Union Catalog
    • Maintenance, expansion and training related to online database subscription services and eBooks

Goal 3: Maintain, enhance, and promote the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).

  • Projects include:
    • Training opportunities for all library personnel territory-wide
    • Evaluation of hardware and software needs for the American Samoa Library Cooperative
    • Annual consultations with member sites to collect recommendations for online Union Catalog, database subscription services, and other online resource requests

Goal 4: Maintain, enhance, and promote literacy programs.

  • Projects include:
    • Early literacy programs and materials
    • In-house listening station for audio books, and expansion of audio books and large print collections
    • Collaboration with community-based organizations

IMLS Data Collection

State Library Administrative Agency Survey
The State Library Administrative Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Libraries Survey
The Public Libraries Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from more than 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Explore state-level profiles to find and compare totals on key data such as numbers of libraries and librarians, revenue and expenditures, and collection sizes.

Content last reviewed on
December 6, 2017