Federal Public Library Programs in Alabama, 1999.Report as inadecuate

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The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) is charged with improving library services throughout the state to ensure that all citizens have access to quality library and information services. Part of this charge includes the responsibility for receiving and administering federal funds to the more than 200 public libraries in Alabama. Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies are spent on statewide projects at the APLS. These projects include providing references services interlibrary loans, audiovisual materials, continuing education programs and consultant services to the public libraries. Other major statewide projects funded through LSTA include the coordination of a statewide children's summer library program. In 1999, more than 56,000 children participated in the program. Several libraries received $150 mini-grants to pay for professional performers to enhance their summer library activities and to promote reading. At APLS, the Alabama Union List of Serials, ALICAT, the state union catalog, and other technology and equipment are funded by LSTA dollars. The agency also collects and interprets statistics and provides a professional training program to promote quality public library service through the development of professional libraries. This document describes the use of these federal funds for 1999 library programs and services in Alabama's seven congressional districts. When public library service areas are included in two congressional districts, they are listed in each district with an asterisk. The 2000 LSTA Advisory Council members, APLS Executive Board, and APLS Division Directors are listed at the end of the document. (AEF)

Descriptors: Federal Aid, Library Funding, Library Materials, Library Services, Public Libraries, Reference Services, Resource Allocation, State Programs

Author: Alabama Public Library Service, Montgomery.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9822&id=ED464651

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