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Calendar

July

Library Standards due at end of month – enter information via ASPeN, state aid checks will be issued in October.
E-rate form 470 window opens – Form 470 opens a competitive process for the services desired – completed 470 form must be available online for 28 days prior to filing Form 471.

August 

Commission meeting- 2nd Wednesday
Network Advisory Council Meeting
Statistics open – enter information via statistics reporting tool

September 

Federation annual reports due at end of month – enter information via ASPeN
Fall Federation meetings start

October

Commission meeting – 2nd Wednesday
Montana Shared Catalog Fall membership meeting 
Fall Federation meetings - continue
 

November

Network Advisory Council Meeting
Statistics due at end of month – enter information via Library Directory

December

Commission meeting – 2nd Wednesday

 

January 


E-rate form 471 seeks funding for eligible telecom services competitively bid – – filing window for 471 is announced by SLD each year in the fall.   Libraries must have bids/contracts with service providers in writing before filing Form 471.
ELSA (Excellent Library Service Award) applications open in ASPeN

February 

Commission meeting, 2nd Wednesday

March 

ELSA (Excellent Library Service Award) applications are due in ASPeN
Network Advisory Council Meeting
Spring Federation meetings - start
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April 

Commission meeting at MLA conference
Montana Library2Go Membership meeting
Spring Federation Meetings - continue
E-rate form 486 states that delivery of telecom services has begun, form 472 (optional) files for reimbursement.  Forms 486 and 472 may be filed anytime after receipt of funding commitment decision letter.
Updated Public Library Annual Statistics are available on MSL website

May  

Network Advisory Council Meeting
Montana Shared Catalog spring membership meeting 
Spring Federation meetings - continue
Federation dollar amounts determined by MSL.  Federation Plans of Service due (before Commission meeting) – enter information via ASPeN
OCLC annual enrollment opens – libraries will be invoiced by OCLC in August or later.
Library Standards open – enter information via ASPeN, state aid checks will be issued in October.

June 

Commission meeting – 2nd Wednesday