Recap of June 7 Statewide Zoom Meeting
The recording of the meeting is on the MSL webpage<https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/services/Coronavirus.htm> and at the link below for your convenience.
Delivery Prices Increase
The new prices for Van Delivery for July1, 2022- June 30, 2023 have increased from $19.14 t0 $26.60 per stop for the MSL and University groups. Colby, Bates and Bowdoin will be increased to $30.00 per stop on their contracts with Freedom Xpress.
This is devasting to all budgets and we held a session at MLA to share the news with those attending and we can discuss at the meeting tomorrow. Jamie prepared a slide presentation and tackled the challenge with some humor. Gas prices and driver hourly wages are the main reason for increases. Please take a look at Jamie's slide presentation<https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/interlib/documents/MLA_VanDelivery_2022.pdf> and also at the price chart in the delivery FAQ<https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/interlib/faq.htm>.
The plan going forward is for MSL to put together funding from a variety of sources to sustain the 1 free day for all public libraries for this year. To tackle price increases and other delivery issues, MSL will be organizing a task force in 2022 to brainstorm solutions to the issues facing us as we stive to provide equitable service statewide. If you are interested in serving on the Statewide Delivery Task Force, please fill out this survey.<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DeliveryTaskForce> Thanks to the 8 people that have volunteered already!
Also look for an email with clarifying information on the process for reporting books damaged in transit through delivery. We are adding information to the delivery FAQ document and we will send out an announcement once we are sure we have covered the topic completely, plus an announcement of the MSL Delivery Service Announcements Only listserv. We will auto-enroll all those listed as contacts on the Delivery Participants Label List<https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/interlib/delivery.shtml>.
ARPA grant reports
Thanks to everyone who has filled out their ARPA Formula Grant final reports. We have had 200 submitted and approved. There are 13 more reports that need to be submitted. Please contact Janet McKenney or Kim Clark for assistance or questions. These are needed asap for reporting purposes.
Thanks to those that attended Spring Council. It was a great session with facilitators from the Cross
Pasted below are links that were "homework" for attendees that I encourage you to view and/or read.
Danger of a Single Story<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg> - TED Talk from author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Why is Maine so white<https://www.mainepublic.org/maine/2019-02-19/why-is-maine-so-white-and-what-it-means-to-ask-the-question> - Article from Maine Public
Harvard Bias Test<https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html>
Five Year Plan
The draft of the LSTA Five Year Plan for the Maine State Library has been submitted to Jamie, the Commission, MLAC and the Attorney General's Office for review and any proposed changes prior to submission to IMLS. Copies of the approved plan will be posted on the MSL website. The Commission should approve the plan on Monday, June 27 so we may submit by the deadline of June 30, 2022.
Congratulations and welcome to the new Maine Library Commission members appointed by the Governor
See all Commission members at the MSL website<https://www.maine.gov/msl/about/commission/index.shtml>.
K-12 School Library Andrew Wallace Portland
Special/Institutional Library Wynter Giddings Westbrook
Library Trustee Jane Padham Ouderkirk Solon
Public Library Mamie Anthoine Ney Kennebunk
K-12 School Library Heather Chalmers Fayette
Large University Library Bryce Cundick Farmington
Small College Library Kristie Wilfong Lewiston
Community College Library Judith Moreno Auburn
Liaison to MLAC Darby Kathleen Ray Lewiston
Rep. Underserved and Rural Andrea DeBiase Carrabassett Valley
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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Maine State Library
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Augusta, ME 04333
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