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45.310 State Library Program
OFFICE OF MUSEUM SERVICES, INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES, NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
Library Services and Technology Act; Museum and Library Services Act of 1996, Title II, Public Law 104-208.
To consolidate Federal library services programs; to stimulate excellence and promote access to learning and information resources in all types of libraries for individuals of all ages; to promote library services that provide all users access to information through State, regional, and international electronic networks; to provide linkages among and between libraries; and to promote targeted library services to people of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to people with limited functional literacy or information skills.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
To make grants to State library administrative agencies which shall expend funds, either directly or through subgrants, for: (1) Establishing or enhancing electronic linkages among or between libraries; (2) electronically linking libraries with educational, social, or information services; (3) assisting libraries in accessing information through electronic networks; (4) encouraging libraries in different areas, and encouraging different types of libraries to establish consortia and share resources; or (5) paying costs for libraries to acquire or share computer systems and telecommunications technologies; and (6) targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children from birth through age 17 from families with incomes below the poverty line.
Applicant Eligibility: State library administrative agencies which have authority to administer Federal funds, together with participating libraries, and have financial resources sufficient to match Federal funds may apply.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs". An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the Single Point of Contact in the State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. The standard application forms as furnished by IMLS must be used for this program.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Grants to States are based on the most recent total population from the Bureau of the Census, but with a $340,000 minimum for the 50 States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and $40,000 minimum for the other outlying areas. The Federal share is 66 percent and the State matching requirement is 34 percent.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: The IMLS requires annual financial and narrative reports from each State library administrative agency. Each agency must independently evaluate and report to IMLS regarding the activities assisted under this program prior to the end of the 5-Year State Plan.
Account Identification: 59-0301-0-1-503.
For fiscal year 2002, the State Library Program made 59 awards totaling $149,014,000.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
The fiscal year 1998 State Grant Program guidelines for the 5-Year State Plan were published for comments in the Federal Register, February 4, 1997. Contact the website for the latest program data at http://www.imls.gov.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
The State Library Program funded programs that promote access to learning and information resources of all types of libraries for individuals of all ages.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: