Agreements to Date, March 22, 2007
The purpose of the State Aid to Public Libraries program is to encourage municipalities to support public libraries that meet the evolving needs of residents; to encourage resource sharing and collaboration among libraries; and to provide equal access to appropriate public library services for all residents of the Commonwealth.
Agreements reached 11/20/06:
Values adopted 1/29/07
The state aid program will...
Local Funding 3/8/07
- Be open to all residents of the Commonwealth.
- Make no charge for normal library services for residents of the municipality.
- Education/Certification: All library directors in communities with populations under 10,000 residents must have at least a bachelor's degree plus courses in library techniques (the composition of the courses will be determined by the MBLC). Library directors in communities with a population over 10,000 must have an MLS degree.
- Library directors of communities over 10,000 must hold a certificate of professional librarianship issued by the MBLC.
- Extend privileges to holders of cards issued by other certified public libraries in the Commonwealth.
- Hours of service is based on total number of actual unduplicated hours. The minimum number of hours will be based on a municipality's population. (Note: The subcommittee wants a per capita based solution but has not found one.)
- NOTE: The requirement, "Content, materials, salaries and wages as a per capita formula, with a floor amount (TBD). (Content=everything purchased for the intellectual pursuit of patrons. Includes programming but not network membership.)" was returned to committee for further definition.