Since 1998, the Federal E-Rate program has provided funding for helping libraries to fund improvements in their telecommunications and Internet access capabilities. In recent years the E-Rate process has become more complicated and only about half of the eligible California Public Libraries participate in the program.
- Is your library taking full advantage of the E-Rate program?
- How does your situation compare with other public libraries in California and how could you improve E-Rate funding performance?
- Would you like to understand the requirements and payback of E-Rate?
- Did you know that E-Rate and CTF (California Teleconnect Fund) can work together to provide maximum financial benefits to your library?
Workshop Description: Whether you are completely new or a seasoned veteran of the E-rate program, this full-day workshop will provide you with the knowledge and tools to get the funding your public library is entitled to with a minimum of geek speak. By the end of the day you will have started filling out many sections of your 2011 E-Rate application and you will have a plan to collect the information you need to complete the rest.
Preliminary Course Outline
- Morning session – application process
- Technology planning and budgets
- CIPA for Libraries
- E-Rate Application preparation
- Discounts, priorities and eligibility
- Funding years and the annual cycle
- 'Ask for the Money' – Application Forms
- 470 (Description of Services Requested)
- 471 (Services Ordered)
- Item 21's (Detailed Description of Services)
- Afternoon session – acceptance and implementation
- 'Answer Their Questions' - PIA (Program Integrity Assurance) Review
- 'Get the Money' – Application Forms
- 486 (Acceptance)
- 472 (Reimbursement)
- 'Tell Them About Changes' – Application Forms
- 500 (Adjustments to Funding)
- BEARs (Billed Entity Application for Reimbursement) vs Discounts
- Deadline Extensions, substitutions and vendor changes
- Record keeping, appeals and audits
- What's new for 2011
Workshop Instructor: Don Dietrich