January 2017 Recap

Funding Information:

In January, MLC received news of an additional $159,953 cut to FY17 State Funding.

The FY2018 budget will be devastating to everyone if passed at the Legislative Budget Office recommendation level, which puts the Library Commission’s anticipated FY18 State General Funds at less that the FY2000 level. MLC’s administrative team has been meeting with the House and Senate budget committees and is pleading for our budget to be restored to FY2016 actual funding levels.

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: February 1, 2017

Many bills were killed off on January 31, but MLC continues to monitor the following:

  • Legal forms: public and law libraries will have access to pro se (do it yourself) legal forms created by the courts for the public to access
  • Standardized electronic rates for debit/credit cards—use an average not to exceed 4%, rates must be posted
  • A public body must have its meeting minutes available within 28 days of a meeting and posted to its website within 35 days


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.



If your library filed for an invoice extension for Funding Year 2015 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016), your last date to invoice to receive your reimbursements is coming up in February.

Tammy Jones’s Email with the list of affected libraries is attached to this email.

Grants and Awards:

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards:

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are inviting applications for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Each of the 12 award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs—also known as Creative Youth Development programs—that are sponsored by museums, libraries, and performing arts organizations; educational institutions arts centers, community service organizations, and businesses; and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.

For more information please check out the website: 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. Click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:00 PM PST

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!


2017 Margaret Murray Grant:

The application for the Friends of Mississippi Libraries Inc.’s Margaret Murray Grant is now open and available on the State Friends Webpage hosted by the Mississippi Library Commission or by accessing the form directly HERE.

Funds for this grant are earmarked for programming, collection development, and literacy activities. Funds are not intended for administrative or operational use. Grants for 2017 have been increased to $500 and three chapters are to be awarded. Successful applicants must agree to match grant funds at the minimum of 10% ($50.00).

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lacy Ellinwood at (601) 432-4154.

Deadline: February 24th, 2017.  Awards will be announced: April 3rd, 2017.


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