Extending a Grace Period for Increased Population-Based Minimum Standards
FY2015 State Aid To Public Libraries Program
To be eligible for the extension of a grace period for increased population-based requirements due to new population figures, the library must:
- be in compliance with or receive a waiver of the FY2015 Municipal Appropriation Requirement (MGL, c.78, s.19A).
- meet the other minimum library standards required for receipt of FY2015 State Aid to Public Libraries (MGL, c.78, s.19B):
(1) "be open to all residents of the commonwealth,"
(2) "make no charge for normal library services,"
(6) "lend books to other libraries in the commonwealth and extend privileges to the holders of cards issued by other public libraries in the commonwealth on a reciprocal basis."
If a municipality is in a different population group according to the population estimates mandated by the General Court for use with the FY2015 State Aid program, it is eligible for a grace period of up to three years to meet the increased standard for hours open or materials expenditure. This grace period is for the FY2015 State Aid to Public Libraries grant round. Compliance for State Aid to Public Libraries in the FY2015 grant round is measured by library performance in FY2014. To be eligible for this grace period the library must be meeting the prior lower standard.
A library director whose educational requirement is now "graduation with a degree from an approved library school" because the population of his or her community has gone above 10,000 will be exempt (grandfathered) from the increased requirement. However, any work in progress by the director on prior educational/professional requirements of the Basic Library Techniques must be completed within the previously established time limits. When a grandfathered director leaves the library, his or her replacement must meet the changed requirement at the time of appointment as library director.
Initial Approval of Policy: January 9, 1997
FY2015 Approval Date: October 4, 2012
State Aid Policies are approved annually