Interim State Librarian, Barb Corson, with the support of the Iowa Commission of Libraries, has named a steering committee to begin the process of reviewing the Enrich Iowa Program. Members are: Betsy Thompson (Iowa Commission of Libraries), Rebecca Funke (IaLS Advisory Panel), Barbara Corson (Interim State Librarian), Nancy Medema (IaLS), Scott Dermont (IaLS), Becky Heil (IaLS) and Marie Harms (IaLS).
The steering committee’s duties are:
Purpose: To develop a plan and timeline for the thorough review of the Enrich Iowa Program.
• Create a comprehensive plan for the Enrich Iowa Program review task force.
• Establish a timeline to ensure that decisions are made and any agreed-upon changes can be implemented for FY17 beginning on July 1, 2016.
• Ensure that the process allows for input from all stakeholders, including Iowa libraries of all types and sizes.
When the steering committee completes its work, a task force, representative of all users of the program, will be named. The task force will be charged with gathering input, evaluating the program, and recommending improvements.
Said Corson, “We will keep stakeholders informed along the way and hope they share their ideas as we evaluate and improve this program to make it the best it can be.”
Components of the $2.5 million Enrich Iowa Program are: Open Access and Interlibrary Loan Reimbursement, which began in 1989; and Direct State Aid, which debuted in 1999.