Workshops Committee Programs Management Training Series Library Leadership Ohio
E-Rate Essentials JUST ADDED
Friday, November 05, 2004
9:30:00 AM - 3:30:00 PM

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building

2111 Snow Road Parma, Ohio


$0 CAMLS Members
$0 Affiliate Members
$0 Non-members
Free for guests/speakers

Deadline: Friday, October 29, 2004
Limit: 30
Registered Now: 0
Contact Hours: 5

Register Thru State Library of Ohio

No Meal is included in this workshop. Lunch on your own from11:30 to 12:30.

Last year’s E-Rate workshops were a great success. We doubled the number of library applicants and increased funding requests by over $1.2 million from the previous application year. With budgets as tight as they are, the E-Rate Program can be a critical source of additional funds. The Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries, popularly known as the E-Rate, provides all public and private schools and public libraries with access to affordable telecommunications and advanced technologies. Schools and libraries can apply annually for discounts of from 20 to 90% on telecommunications services, Internet access and internal connections. All Ohio public libraries are eligible to apply. Workshops will provide an overview of the E-rate program, will discuss the rationale for participation in the program and the value of E-rate support, and will walk workshop participants through the preparation and submission of the necessary forms to successfully request reimbursement under the E-rate program. Any new changes in the E-rate program for the upcoming funding year will also be discussed. It is important to understand that the E-Rate program is not a competitive grant program. All applications for eligible Telecommunications and Internet Access services that have been submitted by eligible applicants, according to program rules, have been approved and funded. The first series of Workshops will be offered in October/November, providing an overview of the E-Rate process, specific requirements for the upcoming funding year and a line-by-line review of the Form 470, the first step in the application process. The second series of workshops, conducted in November/December will offer line-by line review and analysis of the filing of the Form 471, the actual application for discounts on eligible services. These workshops are free. Workshops are offered through the Regional Library Systems and are open to all Ohio public library representatives. Participants may register on-line by visiting and signing up for a Form 470 workshop and also a follow-up Form 471 workshop. Please be sure you sign up for TWO workshops.

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