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In This Issue
- New Standards For Libraries
- Library Circuit: The Monroe Free Library
- Is Your Library A Culture Source?
- Final Opportunity To Vote For Moore Award
- The e-books Are Here
- 1999 NYSALB Trustee Institute
- Gates Library Initiative
- From The Desk Of The Committee Chair
- Desch Appointment Announced
- Legislative Report: Business As Usual!!!
- Welcome New NYSALB Trustees
- Rewards Of Trusteeship
- THE TRUSTEE
Gates Library Initiative
July 1999 issue of Trustee
The Gates Library Initiative continues to take shape in New York State. Recent developments include the following:
· Address List and List of Building Grant Libraries: The Division of Library Development (DLD) submitted a revised list of addresses for public libraries and branches to the Gates Learning Foundation (GLF) in early May. The revisions focused on providing the most specific information possible to GLF, e.g., replacing P.O. Box numbers with street addresses. The revised address list includes the information GLF needs to develop the list of libraries eligible to apply for building grants through the Gates Library Initiative. GLF will provide DLD with the list of eligible libraries in July.
· Grant Writing Workshops: Libraries that are eligible to apply for building grants will be invited to attend one of seven grant writing workshops to be held the second week of October. The dates and general locations of the workshops are as follows: October 12 – Buffalo and New York City, October 13 – Syracuse and North Country, October 14 – South Central and Albany. There will also be a separate workshop for libraries with a Library Service Area (LSA) of 100,000 or more. This workshop will take place on October 15 in Albany. Specific sites for the seven workshops will be announced at a later time.
· Public Library System Workshop: Prior to the grant writing workshops, a workshop will be held for public library systems in order to prepare them to work with their member and/or branch libraries during the Gates Library Initiative. The Public Library System Workshop will be held on September 21-22 in Albany. The site for this workshop will also be announced later.
· Timetable: Libraries that submit successful applications for building grants to the Gates Learning Foundation will be announced at the end of November or early December. Training workshops will be held January-March in preparation for the implementation phase of the initiative, and additional training will take place during this phase. Implementation will begin April 1, 2000 and conclude March 31, 2001.
· Something for Everyone: All public libraries and branches in New York State are eligible to benefit from the Gates Library Initiative. Libraries that submit successful applications for building grants will receive hardware, software, telecommunications services for Internet access (but not ongoing connectivity), training, and technical assistance. Libraries not eligible to apply for building grants may receive partial grants. Partial grant libraries will receive software and some training, and they may purchase PCs at the grant price (although at their own expense).
· Staying Informed: The closest source of information about the Gates Library Initiative is your local public library system. As new information about the initiative becomes available, it will be posted on NYLINE and the New York State Library Website. The direct link to information about the Gates Library Initiative on the NYSL Website is: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/gateslib.