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Chapter 3. California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2000 Article 2. California Library Construction and Renovation Program Funding Priorities   

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(a) New public library project priorities

(1) First priority for new public library facilities: joint use projects

As specified in Education Code section 19994(a)(1), first priority for new public libraries shall be given to joint use projects in which the agency that operates the library and one or more school districts have a cooperative agreement. [See sections 20440(d)(1) and Appendix 2 for information about Cooperative Agreements.]

Joint use projects shall be one of two types:

(A) Co-located library [See "Co-located library" definition in section 20430(k)]

(B) Joint venture projects [See "Joint venture project" definition in section 20430(ee)]

Joint venture projects shall provide one or more of the following services:

1. Computer center

A computer center houses computer systems with electronic resources or other educational technologies to assist with any combination of K-12 student learning activities. Services shall include one or more of the following:

a. A range of computer literacy classes covering introductory to advanced skill levels.

b. Access to the computer resources, including the Internet, for both public and student clienteles.

c. Computer literacy activities for students and their families or caregivers.

d. Distance learning equipment and staff to enable online instruction and other forms of educational interaction with distant communities, individuals, or institutions.

2. Family literacy center

A family literacy center houses materials and space for tutoring and instructional activities to improve the ability of K-12 students and their parents or caregivers to read and write English and to develop lifelong learning skills. Activities shall include one or more of the following:

a. One-to-one tutoring, either personal or online.

b. Small group instruction.

c. Reading and writing instruction.

d. Computers with software to improve reading and writing skills.

e. Literacy programming for students and their families or caregivers.

f. After-school literacy programming for students.

3. Homework center

A homework center houses space to provide materials and formal support to assist K-12 students with homework and/or study assignments. Support shall focus on the needs of students including either general assistance in reading, writing, science, language, math skills, and study skills, or individual student assignment assistance, or both. Services shall include one or more of the following:

a. Specialized print and electronic resource collections responsive to curriculum needs, including designated computer time for student homework needs.

b. Peer and/or adult assistance, either paid or volunteer.

c. Instruction in research and study skills.

d. Provision of appropriate support tools such as bibliographies, listing of web sites, and pathfinders.

e. After-school computer or language literacy activities.

f. Temporary reserve or limited circulation collections in response to teacher requests.

4. Career center

A career center houses space to provide job, career, and college education information to assist K-12 students in assessing and pursuing vocational and career choices. Information formats shall include any combination of print, electronic, and audiovisual resources. Service shall include one or more of the following:

a. Resources providing information on various careers and vocations, future opportunities, and the necessary associated job skills and/or education.

b. Career counseling assistance, either paid or volunteer.

c. Information on available training programs and available jobs.

d. R貵m矡ssistance, online job posting, and interview training.

e. College-preparation programs, including scholarship information, college application assistance, college entrance exam preparation, and college essay and r貵m矰reparation.

5. Shared electronic and telecommunication library services

Shared library electronic and telecommunication services provide for the sharing of electronic equipment and resources that complement the curriculum of K-12 students. Services shall include one or more of the following:

a. Wide-area network between the public library and public school(s).

b. Collaborative electronic resource database licenses and related training.

c. Collaborative catalog access and shared circulation systems and related training.

6. Subject specialty learning centers

Subject specialty learning centers house a comprehensive, in-depth collection of resources and learning activities on a specific subject area that complements the curriculum of the school district that is a part of the joint use cooperative agreement

7. Other library services

Other similar collaborative library services that directly benefit K-12 students.

(2) Second priority for new public library facilities: all others

As specified in Education Code section 19994(a)(2), all other new public library projects shall be given second priority.

(b) Priorities for remodeling existing public library facilities owned by the applicant jurisdiction

(1) Remodeling first priority

As specified in Education Code section 19994(b)(1), to be considered for first priority funding, a project to remodel an existing public library building owned by the applicant jurisdiction shall be within the attendance area of a public elementary, middle, or high school that, at the time of application, is identified as having inadequate infrastructure to support access to computers and other educational technology.

(A) If the project is located in the attendance area of more than one public school, the applicant may select any one of the schools with inadequate infrastructure.

(B) The applicant shall submit with the Application Form:

1. A letter from the public school district superintendent verifying that at the time of the Board's application deadline:

a. The project site is located within the attendance area of the identified public school.

b. None of the public school buildings at the identified public school has an incoming telecommunication connection greater than 512 thousand bits per second (512K bps).

2. A copy of the public school attendance area map showing that the public library project site is within the attendance area.

(2) Remodeling second priority

As specified in Education Code section 19994(b)(2), second priority shall be given to all other remodeling projects for existing public library facilities owned by library jurisdictions.


Authority cited:

Education Code 19992

Education Code 19994


Education Code 19991

Education Code 19993

Education Code 19994

Education Code 19999

(Added by Register 2001, No. 49)