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Technology Grant Guidelines

Technology Grant Guidelines

Go to the 2014 online application.

Legally established public libraries in taxing counties are encouraged to apply annually for Technology Grants to meet the state standards for automation and technology.  NCKLS will pay 75% of the cost of projects up to $1000.  Libraries are responsible for any remaining costs.

Funds may be used to update software and hardware to support or improve access, to online resources and state-wide collections, automation, cabling, wiring and expansion of Internet services. Technology Grants may also be used for start-up platforms and licensing for eBook collections.

Applications are required, and libraries will be required to have a technology plan. System staff is available to help librarians develop a technology plan to review with board members. 2014 distribution will not require a technology plan, but a plan must be submitted by April 30th of 2014 to be eligible in 2015.

The Executive Board awards Technology Grants at its bi-monthly meetings.

Application and reporting requirements

  1. Libraries must use the online 2014 Technology Grant form located on the NCKLS website. Requests made by phone, letter or other format will not be considered.
  2. In addition to completing the grant form, supporting documentation with a quote, flyer or catalog description with the price of the equipment, software or technology is required. This information may be emailed, faxed or mailed to Carol Barta, FAX 785-776-1545, 629 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan KS 66502.  The grant application is not complete until pricing information is received.
  3. When the grant application and pricing information are received at the NCKLS office, two copies of a letter of agreement will be emailed to the requesting library for the signature of the board president.  Both copies should be mailed back to NCKLS.
  4. The Executive Committee reviews each application and letter of request at the bi-monthly meetings. The application, supporting documentation and the letter of agreement must be received for the committee’s consideration. The 2014 the Executive Committee schedule may be found here.
  5. Grant recipients are required to report technology grant expenditures to NCKLS by the end of the fiscal year and supply supporting documentation, including paid invoices. Unencumbered funds must be returned to NCKLS. Please use this form for the report.

State Technology Standards

30. The library has a telephone, telephone answering machine or service, and provides public FAX service. 31. The library provides a wireless Internet access point. 32. The library provides free public access to the number of computers appropriate for the library’s level of service, with an Internet connection with bandwidth sufficient to provide high-speed Internet …

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