There is established in the department a library assistance grant program. From legislative appropriations, the department shall make grants to eligible libraries for public library operations, for interlibrary cooperation, or for regional library services.
An eligible library may apply to the department for a grant under AS 14.56.300 - 14.56.340 in accordance with regulations adopted by the board.
The board shall adopt regulations necessary to carry out the purposes of AS 14.56.300 - 14.56.330. The regulations must include qualifications for grant eligibility and provisions regarding the use of grant funds.
A recipient of a grant awarded under AS 14.56.360 shall prepare a brief annual report to the department describing the effects of the grant and whether all conditions of the grant were met or exceeded.
Each library in the state that receives money from the state for the support of the library shall annually provide the division of state libraries with information about library operations which the division requests, including information relating to the library's service area and population served, facilities, assets and liabilities, use of the library's resources, personnel, salaries, budget, statement of income and expenditures, collection and acquisition of library materials, hours of service, and interlibrary cooperation and resource-sharing agreements.
The interlibrary cooperation grant program is competitive. The division shall make an interlibrary cooperation grant to a library to promote or support
The division shall make a regional library services grant to a library that enters into an agreement with the state library to act on behalf of the state library to:
An application may be amended after a decision has been made under 4 AAC 57.074 if the director finds that the amendment is in the best interests of the state.
An applicant who is dissatisfied with a decision by the director under 4 AAC 57.074 may obtain review of that decision in the manner made available to school districts under 4 AAC 40.010 - 4 AAC 40.050.
A public library that receives a public library assistance grant:
A library that receives a library assistance grant shall file with the division a financial report for the use of the grant. The report must be made on a form provided by the division, and must be filed on or before September 1 following the close of the fiscal year for which the grant was received.
An individual who is the permanent director of a public library on April 2, 1999 is exempt from the educational requirements of 4 AAC 57.064(a) (4).
A school district:
On or before April 15 of the school year in which the grant was awarded, the school district shall submit the annual report required by AS 14.56.375 using a form supplied by the division, and shall attach any required documentation. On the annual report form, the school district shall report separately on each public school library for which a grant was awarded.
If the division determines that a school district or public school library has used grant money in a manner not in compliance with AS 14.56.360 - 14.56.370, 4 AAC 57.410 - 4 AAC 57.490, or a term or condition of the grant agreement, the school district or public school library must return that money to the state
In 3 AAC 57.410 - 3 AAC 57.490, "library collection materials" has the meaning given in AS 14.56.370.