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Join us in Tallahassee for Library Day January 18th-19th 2022!

 Registration closed. If you are able to attend, please contact the FLA Office at [email protected]

Library Day Agenda

January 18, 2022  Location
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm FLA Executive Board Meeting R.A. Gray Building - Room 307
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm FLA Library Legislative Day Reception R.A. Gray Building - Lobby
January 19, 2022   Location
8:30 am – 9:30 am

FLA Members’ Legislative Briefing
(Breakfast on your own) 
● Welcome/Materials Pick-up
● Advocacy Chair/Vice Chair – Platform Overview
● GrayRobinson – Legislative Overview
● Guest Speaker/Final Remarks:

Sittig Hall
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

FLA War Room Open until 5:00 pm

State Capitol Building
State Library Capitol Branch
7th Floor

10:30 am – 5:00 pm

*FLA Attendees’ Legislative Appointments
(made in advance)

 The Capitol
 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm  

Open House at Division of Library and Information Services
(Attendees welcome between Appointments!)

 

R.A. Gray Building – 2nd
Floor

 

Library Day Locations:

The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Division of Library & Information Services
R.A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street Tallahassee, FL 32399

Sittig Hall
301 S Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Kleman Plaza Parking Garage

306 S Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301
$7 per day

Parking is available at the RA Gray Building visitor lot, Kleman Plaza or the Civic Center on 1/18.

Advocacy Tools and Resources

FLA 2022 Legislative Platform:  Florida Libraries Are Critical to Recovery.

State Aid Comparisons and Estimates - Comparison of Grant Funding at various Appropriations levels from last fiscal year

History of Florida State Aid to Public Libraries Funding - 2022.pdf

history

Career Online High School Infographic & Testimonials
Why offer Career Online High School?

 

FL Department of State Public Library Construction Grants

The Value of Public Libraries

Florida  Libraries Delivering Great Value for Floridians Everyday

  •  Floridians love their librariesOver 57 percent of Floridians have library cards. That’s more than 12.3 million people.  2018-19 - Florida Department of State
  •  Floridians really enjoy reading - Florida libraries circulated over 99 million items – books, cds, dvds, etc., in 2018-19.
  • Books, music and movies - There are over 41 million items in Florida public libraries.  Of these, over 10.4 million are e-books, 1.6 million are audio and 3.4 million are video.
  • Floridians vote for libraries with their feet – Florida residents visited public libraries about 62.6 million times in 2018-19 for an average of over 2.9 visits per person.
  • Libraries help children learn and prepare them for schoolLibraries help young children learn to read and help parents and caregivers learn to support that learning.  Florida libraries conducted over 116,240 programs for children in 2018-19 with over 3.3 million children attending – and children checked out over 31 million items!
  • Floridians come to libraries for technology and job search - There are over 17,290 public access computers available in Florida libraries. Floridians used these computers 13.2 million times in 2018-19 and over 2.9 million Floridians received technology instruction in libraries. Frequently use is for job seeking!  Many libraries offer free wireless access! 
  • Many Floridians use libraries from their home, school or office - Floridians visited library websites over 74.8 million times in 2018-19, using services like the Florida Electronic Library that offer electronic information and online help.
  • Librarians help you find what you’re looking for - Library staff answered over 18.4 million reference questions in 2018-19 and 427,000 of those questions were answered using online reference services.
  • For many, the library is their lifeline to essential government services – Library staff help the public transact their E-Government business using library computers for services including Unemployment Compensation, Medicare, Fla. Dept. of Children and Families, immigration, and the IRS.  Library staff are important members of disaster management teams and following disasters, library computers help survivors locate family members and apply for insurance and assistance.
  • 91% of Americans say public libraries are important to their communities – “Library Services in the Digital Age,” Pew Internet &American Life Project, January 2013
  • Florida libraries are efficient - Florida libraries served the public at an average cost of $28.89 per person in 2018-19 compared with a national average of $44.89 2019. IMLS
  • Good return on investment - Florida’s public libraries return at least $10.18 for every $1 invested. 2013 - Florida Department of State
  • Thank you for supporting Florida libraries!

 

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Important Dates

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2022 Legislative Interim Meeting Schedule (Committee Weeks)

September 20-24, 2021 -  Interim Committee Week 1
October 11-15, 2021  - Interim Committee Week 2
October 18-22, 2021 -  Interim Committee Week 3
November 1-5, 2021  -  Interim Committee Week 4
Week of the 15th

2022 Florida Legislative Session - Important Dates

August 1, 2021 December 3, 2021 - Deadline for filing claim bills (Rule 4.81(2))

December 3, 2021 - 5:00 p.m., deadline for submitting requests for drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including requests for companion bills

January 7, 2022 - 5:00 p.m., deadline for approving final drafts of general bills and joint resolutions, including companion bills

January 11, 2022- Regular Session convenes (Article III, section 3(b), State Constitution) 12:00 noon, deadline for filing bills for introduction (Rule 3.7(1))

February 26, 2022 -  Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day (Rule 6.4(4)) All bills are immediately certified (Rule 6.8)

March 1, 2022  - 50th day – last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings (Rule 2.9(2))

January 11, 2022 -  60th day – last day of Regular Session (Article III, section 3(d), State Constitution)  


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2022 Legislation & Bills we're following

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FLA 2022 Legislative Platform Florida Libraries Are Critical to Recovery

2021-2022 Governor's Budget released (1/28/2021)

Budget items specific to important Division of Library & Information Services can be found at the link here.
Governor requests State Aid to Public Libraries Grant funding: $17,304,072.