February 2017 Recap

Funding Information:

At February’s Directors’ Symposium, MLC staff and consultant Denise DeRossette gave a presentation on MLC’s budget. That presentation is attached here. It is of utmost importance that we contact the legislature to advocate for returning MLC’s budget to 2016’s original funding level.

This is a link from our website to legislative information and is included on our Directors’ Resource Guide web page under Legal Resources – Mississippi Legislature: http://directorguide.lib.ms.us/2017-legislative-session-info/. These files include:

  • House and Senate Committees (Appropriations and Education Committee members’ names)
  • House Education Subcommittee with Library Systems (Subcommittee members and Library Systems they represent) IMPORTANT!
  • House with Pictures 2017 (Updated to reflect current House Appropriation Education Subcommittee members)
  • Senate with Pictures 2017 (Current, with the exception of the Subcommittee members)


Legislative updates:

Date: March 1, 2017

February 28 was a bill deadline, and most of the bills we were following have died. There are now only three House bills and three Senate bills remaining, most of which deal with MLC and not public libraries.

What’s remaining affecting public libraries:

–revisions to rules for special called meetings

–revisions to rules for teleconference/video meetings

–bids for items over $50,000 may be placed on DFA’s website and the newspaper



On the dead list:

–the bill allowing public libraries to provide legal forms to patrons

–the bill requiring annual reporting of public entities providing children’s services of any kind

–the bill restoring annual wellness exams


The list of the bills MLC is monitoring is attached to this email.


Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi:

Each year the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi (formerly Electric Power Associations) publish a Legislative Roster. Information can be found on their website at: http://ecm.coop/government_relations/general_information/. There is an iPhone app which is very user friendly. It contains all the legislative information, including pictures and contact information.




The Filing Window for FCC Form 471 opened on February 27, 2017 and will close May 11, 2017.

Further information from Tammy Jones is attached to this email.


Grants and Awards:

Mississippi Humanities Council Bicentennial Grants:

As Mississippi marks 200 years of statehood in 2017, the Mississippi Humanities Council encourages communities across the state to reflect upon and celebrate our shared history and culture, while envisioning the future of Mississippi.


This grant program will make public funds available for bicentennial commemorations, projects and celebrations throughout Mississippi. Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis on the first of the month, beginning December 1, 2016, and continue through November 1, 2017 or until the money is gone.


Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded. There is a dollar-for-dollar match, but for grants up to $5000, the match can be in-kind. For every dollar above $5000, at least half the match has to be cash. Please let Tracy Carr know if you have any questions about this grant or about a potential bicentennial project your library is considering. And good luck!


NASA@ My Library STEM education initiative

APPLY NOW! Public libraries are invited to apply to be part of the NASA@ My Library STEM education initiative. Sign in or visit the guidelines for details. The link for the guidelines is here: https://apply.ala.org/nasalibraries/guidelines

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST on March 22, 2017. Questions? Contact ALA’s Public Programs Office at publicprograms@ala.org.

Continuing Education Events:

Events currently open for registration include:

Summer Library Program for Young Adults, March 23, 2017

Youth Services Mixer, March 23, 2017


Upcoming CE Events* Include:

Summer Library Program for Young Adults, March 23, 2017

Youth Services Mixer, March 23, 2017

*Registrations for these events are forthcoming.

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