This program of the Act encourages, promotes, and supports the cooperative acquisition and utilization of library resources among participating libraries.
(a) The state board may negotiate reduced acquisition costs or licensing costs and usage fees for members of regional library networks.
(b) The state board may allocate funds to support the trial participation of regional library network members in the use of library resources and technologies for a limited period of time, enabling them to use and evaluate information resources new to them. Member libraries may participate by contacting the state board.
(c) The state board may allocate funds to develop, license, distribute, and support electronic files or databases to be used by members of regional library networks.
(d) Any combination of regional library network members or a regional library network or a combination thereof is eligible to receive funds for cooperative, coordinated resource development projects.
(1) Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
(A) cooperative acquisition or selection processes to assure quality acquisitions and cost-effectiveness for all participants;
(B) collection agreements regarding areas of subject responsibilities for acquisition and/or long-term retention;
(C) shared storage and retention facilities;
(D) collection assessment and evaluation; and
(E) other projects as necessary to promote cooperative, coordinated resource development consistent with the purposes of this program.
(2) Each participating library involved in a project under this program shall already be capable of meeting the basic, recurring information needs of its primary clientele through its locally supported collection. Library resources purchased, in whole or in part, under this program shall be widely accessible to Californians for the useful life of those resources and shall be represented on regional and statewide bibliographic databases or electronic information access gateways.
(3) The state board shall select the projects for implementation on the basis of the following criteria:
(A) demonstrated need for the project;
(B) evidence of adequate planning;
(C) anticipated effectiveness of the proposed approach and plan of operation in addressing the need;
(D) qualifications and skills of key personnel;
(E) cost-effectiveness and adequacy of resources to achieve the project goal(s);
(F) sufficient local or other funds committed to project purposes;
(G) anticipated contribution of the project to the improvement of library collections available locally, regionally, and statewide;
(H) plan for project continuation; and
(I) appropriateness of the evaluation plan.
(4) Each applicant seeking funds under this program shall submit an application that addresses the criteria in Section 20331(d)(3) of this subchapter.
(5) The state board shall identify priorities, procedures, and eligible costs for cooperative, coordinated resource development projects through subsequent rulemaking conducted under the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, commencing at Section 11340).
(6) Each applicant receiving funds under this program shall submit a final report comparing project goals with actual accomplishments and budget estimates with actual expenditures. The final evaluation, using the methodology specified in the application (Section 20330(d)(3)(I) of this subchapter), shall also be included.
Education Code 18821
Education Code 18855
(Added by Register 2000, No. 19)