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Affiliation with a Regional Library Network   

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(a) If any institution or public library jurisdiction joins the regional library network serving its geographic area under the provisions of Education Code Section 18830, its affiliation shall be certified by the state board.

(b) Should an institution or public library jurisdiction wish to join a regional library network other than the one serving its geographic area, it may request an exception to the geographic boundary requirement from the state board. An exception may also be requested to enable all participating libraries of a single institution or public library jurisdiction to be served by a single regional library network. The state board's approval for exceptions shall be based on its determination that:

(1) the proposed membership is at least as effective a way of carrying out the purposes of the Act as would be the case if the membership were with the regional library network serving the geographic area; and

(2) the proposed membership does not result in an inefficient expenditure of state funds or redundancy of service.

(c) If the participating libraries of an institution or a public library jurisdiction are located in geographic areas served by different regional library networks, the institution or public library jurisdiction may become a member of each regional library network serving one or more of its participating libraries. However, each participating library shall receive state-supported services from a single regional library network and only that regional library network shall file a certification of library participation with the state board under the provisions of Section 20313(f) of this subchapter for the participating library.

(d) The administrative body of the regional library network shall file a notice of agreement and the institutional governing body or the public library jurisdictional governing body shall file an affiliation request with the state board by April 1 of the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year when such status is sought.

(1) The notice of agreement shall certify that the regional library network approves the membership application of the institution or public library jurisdiction.

(2) The affiliation request shall certify that the governing body or appropriate administrative authority for the institution or jurisdiction wishes to join the regional library network and agrees to comply with the provisions of this Act.

(e) For purposes of determining the eligibility of the affiliating institution or public library jurisdiction to receive services and funds under the provisions of this Act, an affiliation shall be considered effective beginning July 1 of the fiscal year immediately following the fiscal year in which the affiliation is certified by the state board. The state board may approve an earlier effective date if it determines that such action would best serve the purposes of the Act.

(f) Participating Libraries.

(1) If a library within a member institution or member public library jurisdiction elects to become a participating library and it meets the eligibility criteria for a participating library as set forth in Education Code Section 18830(a-b), and its participation is approved by the regional library network, the administrative body of the regional library network shall file a certification of library participation with the state board by April 1 of the fiscal year prior to the fiscal year when such status is sought.

(2) For purposes of determining the eligibility of the participating library to receive services and funds under the provisions of this Act, the status of the library as a participating library shall be considered effective beginning July 1 of the fiscal year immediately following the fiscal year in which the certification of library participation is filed with the state board. The state board may approve an earlier effective date if it determines that such action would best serve the purposes of the Act.

Authority cited:

Education Code 18821

Reference:

Education Code 18821(e)

Education Code 18830

Education Code 18831(a)

Education Code 18840

(Added by Register 2000, No. 19)