Donald Smith, Dean of the University of Louisiana at Monroe Library and Chair of the LALINC Executive Committee made this statement via email today:
We received word yesterday that the Board’s grant consultants determined that the “Save LOUIS” grant application was ineligible. Unless the legislature can be persuaded to fully fund LOUIS, all we will get by way of the Board’s request is $500,000. Each institution will have to come up with the rest. Our [ULM's] share will could be in excess of $175,000 rather than the $65,000 we had paid prior to our funding loss. Please solicit everyone you know, particularly at the University, to contact our legislators for support.
This means that there is no grant money coming to save LOUIS, and institutions will need to pay much more for access to resources. We need your help!