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House File 598

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  1  1    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  256.57  ENRICH IOWA PROGRAM –
  1  2 INTENT – FUNDING.
  1  3    1.  The general assembly finds and declares that the public
  1  4 library is at the heart of each community, an integral
  1  5 component in this state's education system, and an invaluable
  1  6 source of wisdom and knowledge for this state's lifelong
  1  7 learners.  It is therefore in the interest of the citizens of
  1  8 Iowa that a comprehensive initiative be undertaken to reduce
  1  9 inequities in library services throughout the state and
  1 10 provide public libraries with the funds necessary to meet the
  1 11 present and future needs of this state's citizens.
  1 12    2.  There is appropriated from the general fund of the
  1 13 state to the department of education for each fiscal year the
  1 14 sum of three million dollars, which shall be allocated to the
  1 15 division of libraries and information services for the
  1 16 following purposes and in the following amounts:
  1 17    a.  Of the funds allocated each year, the division shall
  1 18 distribute one million eight hundred thousand dollars to
  1 19 eligible public libraries that comply with the standards set
  1 20 forth in the in service to Iowa:  public library measures of
  1 21 quality publication adopted by the commission of libraries.
  1 22 The amount distributed to each eligible public library shall
  1 23 be based upon the following:
  1 24    (1)  The level at which the eligible public library
  1 25 complies with the in service to Iowa publication adopted by
  1 26 the commission of libraries.
  1 27    (2)  The number of people residing within an eligible
  1 28 library's geographic area and for whom the library was
  1 29 established.
  1 30    (3)  The amount of funding the eligible public library
  1 31 received in the previous fiscal year for service to rural
  1 32 residents and to contracting communities.
  1 33    Moneys received by a public library under this paragraph
  1 34 shall supplement, not supplant, local funding.
  1 35    b.  For purposes of technology development, coordination of
  2  1 technology, and resource sharing by the state and regional
  2  2 libraries, resulting in equitable access to library resources,
  2  3 the sum of six hundred fifty thousand dollars to be used by
  2  4 the division of libraries and information services.  Moneys
  2  5 allocated under this subsection shall also be used to extend
  2  6 the availability of statewide on-line databases using the
  2  7 Internet and information resources.  Moneys allocated to the
  2  8 division in this paragraph may be distributed to regional
  2  9 libraries.
  2 10    c.  For purposes of establishing a grant program
  2 11 administered by the division, the sum of four hundred fifty
  2 12 thousand dollars.  The division shall award grants on a
  2 13 competitive basis to eligible public libraries that submit to
  2 14 the division plans for innovative technologies and services,
  2 15 cooperative alliances between libraries, or for physical
  2 16 library facilities enhancement.  An application submitted
  2 17 shall also contain a commitment of at least a dollar-for-
  2 18 dollar match of the grant assistance.  The division shall
  2 19 appoint an advisory committee for purposes of recommending
  2 20 priorities and criteria for the awarding of grants under this
  2 21 paragraph.  The advisory committee shall submit its report and
  2 22 recommendations annually to the state librarian and the
  2 23 commission of libraries by August 15.
  2 24    d.  For purposes of administering the enrich Iowa program,
  2 25 and assisting eligible public libraries to obtain funding
  2 26 under the program, the sum of one hundred thousand dollars.
  2 27    3.  For purposes of this section, "eligible public library"
  2 28 means a public library that meets at least all of the
  2 29 following requirements:
  2 30    a.  Submits to the division of libraries and information
  2 31 services all of the following:
  2 32    (1)  The report provided for under section 256.51,
  2 33 subsection 1, paragraph "h".
  2 34    (2)  An application and report form for accreditation that
  2 35 provides evidence of the library's compliance with at least
  3  1 one level of the standards established in accordance with
  3  2 section 256.51, subsection 1, paragraph "k".
  3  3    (3)  Any other application or report the division deems
  3  4 necessary for the implementation of this program.
  3  5    b.  Participates in the library resource and information
  3  6 sharing programs established by the state library.
  3  7    4.  By January 15 of each year, the division shall submit a
  3  8 program evaluation report to the general assembly and the
  3  9 governor detailing the uses and the impacts of funds
  3 10 appropriated under this section.
  3 11    5.  Notwithstanding section 8.33, unencumbered or
  3 12 unobligated funds remaining on June 30 of the fiscal year for
  3 13 which the funds were appropriated shall not revert but shall
  3 14 be available for expenditure for the following fiscal year for
  3 15 purposes of this section.  
  3 16                           EXPLANATION
  3 17    This bill establishes the enrich Iowa program and makes a
  3 18 standing appropriation of $3 million to the department of
  3 19 education for allocation to the division of libraries and
  3 20 information services for the support of the program.
  3 21    The program has four components.  The first provides direct
  3 22 distribution of $1.8 million to eligible public libraries that
  3 23 comply with the division's in service to Iowa publication.
  3 24 The amount distributed to a library under the bill can be
  3 25 increased based upon compliance, the number of people residing
  3 26 within the library's geographic area, and the amount of
  3 27 funding the library received in the previous fiscal year for
  3 28 service to rural residents and to contracting communities.
  3 29    The second component includes an appropriation for $600,000
  3 30 for purposes of technology development, coordination of
  3 31 technology, resource sharing by the state and regional
  3 32 libraries, and to extend the availability of statewide on-line
  3 33 databases using the Internet and information resources.
  3 34    The third component establishes a grant program for public
  3 35 libraries that submit to the division plans for innovative
  4  1 technologies and services, cooperative alliances between
  4  2 public libraries, or for physical library facilities
  4  3 enhancement, and a commitment of $1-for-$1 match of the grant
  4  4 assistance.  The bill allocates $450,000 for grant awards.
  4  5    For purposes of administering the program, the bill
  4  6 allocates $100,000 to the division of libraries and
  4  7 information services.  Unencumbered funds appropriated in the
  4  8 bill will not revert at the end of a fiscal year.
  4  9    The bill directs the division to submit, by January 15 of
  4 10 each year, a program evaluation report to the general assembly
  4 11 and the governor detailing the use and the impact of funds
  4 12 appropriated.  
  4 13 LSB 2049HV 77
  4 14 kh/sc/14
     

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