This program of the Act preserves, and provides widespread access to, library materials documenting California's heritage, enhancing California's educational opportunities and economic future, and portraying California's cultural diversity.
(a) Any member of a regional library network or a regional library network or a combination thereof is eligible to receive funds for preservation projects.
(b) Eligible projects include but are not limited to:
(1) preservation of library materials in any format by reformatting, digitizing, conservation treatment, and other appropriate preservation methods;
(2) preservation program management, including needs assessment and planning, research and testing, training, disaster preparedness and recovery, and other managerial activities;
(3) improvement of collection security and the storage environment; and
(4) other projects necessary to preserve library materials consistent with the purposes of this program.
(c) Each member of a regional library network participating in a project under Education Code Section 18856 (b) shall demonstrate a commitment to ongoing preservation. Library resources preserved, in whole or part, under this program, shall be made available for long-term resource sharing purposes and shall be represented on electronic or bibliographic databases accessible regionally and/or statewide.
(d) The state board shall select the projects for implementation on the basis of the following criteria:
(1) demonstrated need for the project;
(2) evidence of adequate planning;
(3) anticipated effectiveness of the proposed approach and plan of operation in addressing the need;
(4) qualifications and skills of key personnel;
(5) cost-effectiveness and adequacy of resources to achieve the project goal(s);
(6) sufficient local or other funds committed to project purposes;
(7) uniqueness of materials to be preserved;
(8) contribution of materials to be preserved toward documenting California's heritage, enhancing California's educational and economic future, and portraying California's cultural diversity;
(9) adequacy of the resource sharing plan; and
(10) appropriateness of the evaluation plan.
(e) Each applicant seeking funds under this program shall submit an application that addresses the criteria in Section 20332(d) of this subchapter.
(f) The state board shall identify priorities, procedures, and eligible costs for preservation 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).
(g) 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 20332(d)(10) of this subchapter), shall also be included.
Education Code 18821
Education Code 18856(b)
(Added by Register 2000, No. 19)