March 2017 Recap

Funding Information:

• The Mississippi Library Commission received its FY18 budget amount of $9,272,158. The dollar amount available currently for the Personnel Incentive Grant Program for FY18 is $3,309,102.
• $309,102 will be held back from that PIGP amount to absorb additional cuts for FY18. Therefore, your regular payments for the year will be based on $3,000,000.

Funds available after any additional budget cuts will be distributed to public libraries in June 2018.

• MLC has received a partial federal IMLS award of $1,100,000. It’s hoped we will get the full amount of $1,800,000. These funds are used for all federally coded programs, including the non-competitive LSTA grants. The Commission will know the status of the remaining, $700,000 in federal funds by the beginning of May.

• MLC will be unable to continue providing access to OCLC WorldShare ILL for the upcoming fiscal year. This will not affect library access to OCLC cataloging.
OCLC WorldShare will be available through July 31st, 2017.

• LearningExpress Library will no longer be provided by the Mississippi Library Commission. MLC staff are currently working on a resource page for our website that will direct people to free sites that offer test prep or practice tests for as many of the current tests offered on LearningExpress Library as possible.
LearningExpress Library will be available through July 31, 2017.

Final Legislative update:

Date: April 4, 2017
From all those hundreds of bills at the beginning of the session, only two that pertain to public libraries were sent to the governor.
HB 1116: Revises rules for notifying the public of a special called meeting. In addition to posting the meeting notice at least an hour before the meeting in a prominent place in the building where meetings usually take place, notice must also be put on the public body’s website at least an hour before the meeting, as well as sent to any media outlets that have requested in writing to be sent notification. This media outlet list can be purged every 24 months and outlets can resubmit their requests. This website rule does not apply to municipalities under 25,000 population or counties under 50,000 population.
We have asked our Attorney General how libraries fit into the population situation and will let you know.
HB 1119: Revises rules for conducting public meetings via teleconference or video. The equipment used for teleconference or video must be used at the place the public body usually meets and must allow all members of the public body and members of the public to hear deliberations. Any votes taken must be clearly audible/visible to the members of the public.

Library News:

Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, will be unveiling the new Mississippi Literary Map at the Mississippi Book Festival on August 19! The Literary Map is a bicentennial project that MLC and the Mississippi Center for the Book received a grant to create.
Friday, August 18, Dr. Hayden will give a talk. Details to follow.

Deadlines:

E-Rate:
The Filing Window for FCC Form 471 opened on February 27, 2017 and will close May 11, 2017.
Public Library Reimbursements:
The reimbursements for public libraries are due to David Collins by May 10th, 2017.
Questions? Contact David Collins dcollins@mlc.lib.ms.us
Friends of MS Libraries:
Deadline for membership renewals & filing the IRS 990 e-postcard is May 15th, 2017.

Grants and Awards:

Diverse Books in Mississippi Libraries, Pilot Project:
The State Friends of Mississippi Libraries, Inc. is sponsoring a pilot project to get diverse books into Mississippi Public Libraries. In partnership with the Center for the Book at the Mississippi Library Commission, the State Friends will provide a collection of 10 books that highlight diversity to four (4) Mississippi public libraries with supporting Friends of the Library groups. Awarded applicants will be able to select (10) titles from a curated list provided by the “We Need Diverse Books” organization and Mississippi Library Commission Staff.
Applicants must demonstrate the need for diversity in their collection through census or public library statistics and library staff testimony regarding diversity gaps in the local library collection.
See the application for more details: https://goo.gl/forms/jgVRS5RHDPxgOjgB2
Application Deadline: June 1st, 2017

Continuing Education Events:

Upcoming CE Events include:
Train-the-Trainer: Technology Academy, May 8th, 2017.
LSTA Town Hall meeting: hosted at the Mississippi Library Commission, May 11th, 2017. *
Webinar: Writing Professional Book Reviews, May 18th, 2017.
*Registrations for these events are forthcoming.

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