State Aid Review Committee 2006

Glossary

Equalization-the use of programs or funding to guarantee a specified level of service in all public libraries.

Municipal Equalization Grant (MEG)-in the current State Aid program a portion of the funds is distributed to certified municipalities by a formula based on the Massachusetts Lottery distribution formula which favors poorer municipalities.

Equal Access-the use of programs or funding to provide all residents of the Commonwealth the opportunity to utilize the resources of libraries that have joined regional library systems through such programs as reciprocal borrowing, interlibrary loan, network transfers, virtual catalog, and database licensing. See Resource Sharing.

Resource Sharing-the provision of resources, services or expertise of one library or library organization to another library or to its users through a formal agreement usually entered into with a group of libraries, a consortium, region, network or state.

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