LSTA Pilots

Learning Resources for LSTA Pilots of the Montana State Library

What is LSTA?

Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds are awarded annually to all state library agencies, including the Montana State Library, by the Institute of Museum & Library Services. MSL uses this award to fund many programs and projects in support of Montana libraries, including limited projects called pilots. A pilot, as defined by the Montana State Library Network Advisory Council, is a one-time endeavor undertaken to learn about, test, plan for, and determine the scope of an effort.

Montana Makers

Montana Makers makerspace kits are available to all Montana libraries for a 3 month checkout. The kit comes in a 48 gallon Rubbermaid trunk and looks like this:

You can find the application and other paperwork for hosting a makerspace on the LSTA Pilots info page.

About Makerspaces and Making Culture

IMLS Talking Points: Museums, Libraries, and Makerspaces(pdf)

What to Do with your Maker Kit!


Getting Started with Arduino

Arduino project ideas from Instructables

Multiple Blinking LEDs on the Arduino

MaKey MaKey

How to set up your MaKey MaKey

TED Talk featuring MaKey MaKey

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Tutorials

”So You Have a Raspberry Pi – Now What?” (Make: Magazine)

Raspberry Pi projects from Instructables

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits website

Snap Circuits Project Wiki

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits website

Squishy Circuits projects from Make: Magazine


Make: Magazine

Program Ideas

The Library as Incubator Project

Lunar and Planetary Institute – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Where Do They Belong in Your Library?

The Show-Me Librarian – All Things STEAM

Simply STEM – Complete Program Plans, by Librarians, for Librarians

The Unquiet Librarian – Teen Tech Week DIY 2014: Duct Tape, Squishy Circuits, and MaKey MaKey

YALSA STEM Resources Wiki

Making in Montana Libraries

Billings Public Library Teen Tech Lab

Missoula Public Library Makerspace