E-Rate: Overcoming the Hurdle Presented by the WebJunction communities of Arizona, Kansas, and New Mexico NMLA/MPLA 2007 Conference 16 March 2007. Agenda. Overview of the E-Rate program. Understanding the E-Rate calendar. Reasons for E-Rate funding denial. E-Rate resources.
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E-Rate: Overcoming the HurdlePresented by the WebJunction communities of Arizona, Kansas, and New MexicoNMLA/MPLA 2007 Conference16 March 2007
Most of the statistics in this presentation come from:
Public Libraries and the Internet 2006,
Florida State University:
An ongoing study funded by the American Library Association and
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Universal Service Fund (USF or E-Rate) program:
Unfortunately, the E-Rate program is administratively complex. ; )
In addition, the program has been subject to waste, fraud and abuse.
This means that the Schools & Libraries Division (SLD) is vigilant about reviewing and (sometimes) challenging funding applications.
Arizona: Aggressive training + Resources and Tools total reimbursements for 2004-05 of $57.5 million or #9 in total reimbursements for the country.
E-Rate is invaluable for a small library like us because it enables our library
to shift about $500.00 of our budget to books, programs or technology that
we could not do if we were paying full rates for telephone service and internet.
Kim Priest, Mary Cotton Public Library, Sabetha
Because of E-rate funding we were able to increase our internet speed and
offer our patrons this valuable service of free high speed Internet. Many of
our patrons do not have a computer or cannot afford the faster internet
Jean Schlegel, Ness City Public Library
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