Information on the Public Library Statistical Report for 2013 is now available for those curious about the questions being asked in the survey made available to Connecticut public libraries in July. Changes are only minor from last year. Beginning this year the survey takers will need to verify that the library director has seen and approved the figures provided in the report, but no printed and signed certification form need be sent this year.
The State Library Board has approved the construction grant program for 2013. As in previous years, the 25 communities in distressed communities (see list below) are eligible for Category 1 and 2 grants. There is approximately $5.5 million available for grants to distressed communities. For non-distressed communities there is approximately $1 million in carryover funding from recently-returned grants. Additionally, the Governor’s budget has proposed $5 million in additional bond funds for libraries in non-distressed communities. The State Library will be accepting grant applications from non-distressed communities for Category 2 grants (for projects that improve existing space), and will accept grant applications for Category 1 grants pending legislative approval of the Governor’s funding request. If this new funding is not approved, there will be no Category 1 grants for non-distressed communities in 2013.
Additionally, there is legislation pending which would increase the portion of the project costs covered by the grant funds from 1/3 to 1/2 of total project costs with a total grant of no more than $1 million.
Until there is approval on the bond funding and project cost legislation, the final version of the “Timeline and Guidelines,” which describes the program in detail, is not yet available. We have made a preliminary version available, however, on the Construction Grants web page .
Please note that we will expect all interested libraries to submit a “Notice of Intent” form (also available on the Construction Grants web page) by Monday, June 3, including those non-distressed communities who wish to apply for Category 1 grants in expectation of additional bond funding approval.
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Distressed municipalities: Ansonia, Bridgeport, Bristol, Deep River, Derby, East Hartford, Enfield, Groton, Hartford, Killingly, Meriden, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Haven, New London, North Canaan, Plainfield, Putnam, Sprague, Stratford, Torrington, Waterbury, West Haven, Winchester, Windham
2013 Connecticard reimbursement payments should go out this month. One of the requirements for receiving Connecticard payments is to file an expenditure report each year. Public libraries must now report how they spent the payment they received in April, 2012. Most libraries have already spent this money, so please go to this survey form and submit your figures.
You do not need to submit a paper form. Deadline for submission is Nov. 1.
Connecticut public libraries lent 4,840,426 items to non-residents during the 2012-2013 year (which ended with February). This was down just slightly from last year.
Connecticard Payment, Net-Plus Loan, and Borrowing/Lending information is available on the Connecticard web page. Payments should go out to libraries during April. A reminder: by statute sec. 11-31b, the Ccard payment “may be used for general library purposes and no portion of the grant money shall revert to the general fund of the town or towns normally served by such library.”
Thanks go out to all those who provided Connecticard loan figures this year!
Programs for Older Adults directed LSTA grants will provide up to $5,000 to libraries to provide or enhance services and collections to older adults. Projects bring library programs, materials, and/or services to older adults who have difficulty accessing traditional library services or extend lifelong learning programs to older adults. Attending a workshop for these grants is required, so sign up today!
Despite a slight rescission in the State Library’s budget for State Aid Payments to principal public libraries, we still expect to release payments to eligible libraries in January or February of 2013. The total amounts will be about the same or just slightly less than last year. Find out the actual amount of your library’s State Aid Payment for 2013. Most libraries only receive the base amount of $1,200.
Today is the last day for Connecticut public libraries to submit their Annual Report and Application for State Aid. Thanks go out to all the library staff who completed the survey this year. Special thanks to all the non-principal public libraries who fill out the survey despite not being eligible for the State Aid payment. Grant payments are sent to eligible libraries in January.
A preliminary version of the Statistical Profile of CT public libraries should be available in a couple weeks. This may help those libraries that are already starting their budget process. The official version of the Statistical Profile will be released on January 1 and will be accompanied by a suite of customized statistical charts for each public library (who request them ). New this year is a separate statistical profile section organized by town/city rather than by library. This section combines statistics for towns with more than one independent library and allows town to town comparisons. Stay tuned.
About 120 Connecticut public libraries haven’t yet submitted their Annual Report and Application for State Aid. The deadline for submission was extended to Wednesday, November 21 at 4. P.M. But don’t wait till the holiday week! Access information to the Bibliostat survey tool was emailed last July to all public library directors. Let me know if you need this resent, or if the information should be sent to another person at your library.
The State Library is extending the deadline for the Annual Report and Application for State Aid to November 21 at 4 P.M. We hope the extra week will be helpful for those whose libraries have been most affected by Hurricane Sandy. And let’s hope Mother Nature gives out more treats and less tricks for Halloween next year.
This is a reminder to all public libraries that the deadline for submitting your Annual Report and Application for State Aid is one month away. Access information to the Bibliostat survey tool was emailed last July to all public library directors. Let me know if you need this resent, or if the information should be sent to another person at your library.
The Annual Report is critical for state and national data gathering on public libraries. For more information, a list of changes, an instruction sheet, and a 15-minute online tutorial, go to Annual Report and Application for State Aid
Per regulations, the DEADLINE for submission is 4 P.M. on November 15, 2012. Contact Tom Newman with questions.