On June 24, 2014 the Governor signed the FY15 budget with a list of withholds that include the full amount of the REAL appropriation which starts July 1, 2014. Since the full amount of the REAL appropriation has been withheld, at this time the State Library is not able to enter into an agreement with MOREnet to subsidize MOREnet and vendor fees for FY15 services. MOREnet is actively working with the State Library and individual libraries to address the withhold impact.
Any tax-supported public library will be eligible to participate in the General Assembly-funded portions of the program. A tax-supported library is any library that is funded in whole or in part through either dedicated tax revenue, as in a property tax-supported library district, or the general revenue of a political subdivision of the state, as in a municipal library supported from the general revenue of the city. The minimum requirements for tax support to be eligible to receive state aid also apply to this program.
In addition, participants must meet the following qualifications.
- Provide at a minimum two computer workstations. The computer workstations must be at least a 2.9 GHz processor with at least 4 GB RAM and 250 GB hard disk space. Machines must have Microsoft Windows 7 or greater. Funding may be available through an LSTA grant for securing additional needed computer workstations. If you do not have two workstations that meet the minimum requirements, please contact Jean Morrison at the Missouri State Library at (800) 325-0131 x11.
- The workstations must be connected together.
- The library commits to providing public computer and Internet access within six months of receiving the connection.
- Designate up to four library staff members as MOREnet contacts. Contacts are designated to request services from MOREnet and are the channel for communications regarding program-related information. Contacts are required to attend basic Internet training at the MOREnet Training offices in Columbia, MO. The REAL program will cover all travel expenses. Additional information on responsibilities of contacts is available in REAL Contact Information.
- Completion of an E-rate Form 479 (CIPA Compliance) and Letter of Agency to enable MOREnet to file for E-rate for telecommunications services received by the library.
To join the REAL program, please complete the application form and mail it to Missouri State Library, ATTN: Jean Morrison/REAL Program, 600 W. Main St., Jefferson City MO 65102.
Please contact Jeanne Sullivan with MOREnet at (800) 509-6673 if you have any questions about this application