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SHHH! No More: Public Libraries Need to Hear From You

posted Oct 28, 2016, 8:37 AM by Lawrence County Public Library

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) will be hosting an online survey from October 24 through November 18 to help us gather information about public libraries for our next five-year plan in order to receive federal funds. The survey may be taken online at http://webmini.apls.state.al.us/survey or at one of the 225 public libraries around the state. 

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APLS receives over $2.5 million in Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federal funds each year from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  These funds are allocated by Congress and are used to supplement the Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, provide grants to individual libraries, and provide statewide databases (i.e. Learning Express Library, Chilton Library, and Ancestry Library Edition) and other resources for all Alabama citizens.  

By legislation and laws, the expenditure of these funds must be in accordance with the goals and objectives of the APLS five-year plan.  This plan must be approved by the IMLS.  The current plan expires on September 30, 2017.  The information received from Alabama citizens, library administrators, and local, state and national leaders will be addressed in the development of the next five-year plan covering October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2022.

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APLS is the state library agency.  It serves all citizens of Alabama through services provided to public libraries and state employees.   A seven member executive board appointed by the Governor oversees the agency.   Each member represents one of Alabama’s seven Congressional Districts.  The Library Development Division provides consulting service to public libraries on a variety of issues through onsite visits, telephone, email, and electronic newsletters (The WhAT’s Line and APLSeeds).  The Information Technology Division provides public libraries with advice on making equipment purchases and onsite equipment troubleshooting. To learn more about APLS, visit our website at http://statelibrary.alabama.gov/

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