Where Librarians Go for Answers...
The State Library offers consulting services at no charge for Texas libraries
Start here! TSLAC’s Library Development & Networking Division provides training, consulting, grants, and continuing education… all to help librarians keep their skills up-to-date and ensure quality services to their communities.
Here’s a sample what TSLAC staff have to offer:
- Continuing Education
- Library Science Collection
- Free website hosting/support
- Help with E-rate
- WorldCat Navigator ILL
- Public library annual report assistance
Under contract with the State Library, Amigos support staff can now provide you with free assistance with general aspects of your library operations, including:
- Management and operations
- Library buildings
- Basic Library Services
- Technology planning
- Texas Library standards
- And more!
Technology Support Resources
Keeping on top of technology, hardware and software getting your down? The Texas State Library can help! Here are some resources available to you.
Free WebJunction Texas online courses
Learn the basics of computer networking, workstation support, information security, technology planning, web design and development, and more. Get started learning at your own pace by visiting www.webjunction.org/partners/texas.html and following instructions to browse and sign up for courses.
Free TSLAC Webinars
Want to learn tips for using great software tools? Visit onlinetraining.tsl.texas.gov/ to take a look at webinars covering a variety of technology tools like Twitter, Prezi, Facebook, and more. TSLAC’s online training pages at www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/ also show the way to other online training available specifically for librarians.
Free Help on Your Technology Plan
TSLAC’s consulting contract with Amigos, see above, means you can take advantage of one-on-one assistance as you tackle your library’s technology plan. Amigos consultants can share what you’ll need to know when you talk with your IT staff.
Free Edge Assessment
Beginning in January, 2014, you can complete an Edge benchmarks project assessment (www.libraryedge.org/) to identify your technology needs and find training resources to help plan for the future.
The Library Development & Networking Division and its contracted library support partners are supported in part by funds granted to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums.