Monday, January 23, 2012

News Highlights

  • The 2013 SERVICE POPULATIONS are posted on the WVLC web site.  The Budget introduced by the Governor last week does not include an increase in the Library Commission’s Grants to Public Libraries line.  If the Legislature does not increase that line, 2013 Grants-in-Aid (GIA) will be awarded at $4.51 per capita. WVLC submitted an improvement package to increase this to $4.75 per capita but the final number will not be known until the Budget is passed in March.   If you have any problem opening the attachment, contact Jennifer Johnson or Rebecca Rice.
  • As you know, the WVLC  2008-2012  Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) plan is currently being evaluated.  We are trying to gather input from West Virginia’s library community about the success of the program.  Please consider attending a Focus Group meeting in your area.  Another opportunity to comment is provided by a web survey that takes approximately 4 - 6 minutes to complete.  Please take a few moments to help us as we try to improve our LSTA program to best meet the library and information service needs of the people of West Virginia.  Click on the hot-link  to start the survey.
  • The 2011 WVLC STATISTICAL REPORT will be mailed to all libraries this week.  TheSTATISTICAL REPORT and the 2011 ANNUAL REPORT will also be posted on the WVLC web site.  In response to your suggestions, the ANNUAL REPORT  was produced in electronic format only this year.  Both documents are in PDF format.
  • WVLC is waiting on the final approved list of COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PARTNERSHIP GRANTS (CPPG) from the House Finance Committee.  As soon as it is received, the grant agreements will be sent to libraries.
  • SNAPSHOT DAY is FEBRUARY 14, 2012.  This is a great opportunity not only to take pictures but to get patrons to tell you, and the world why they value the library.  If you are not quite sure what to do check out the list of Success Strategies. Also, keep checking the WVLC web site for Legislative Updates, Grant Opportunities, Continuing Education events, and the popular Library Spotlight.  We are still working on a new version of the E-Bulletin.

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