Today I travelled with Communications Officer Steve Siwinski to the Blanco County Library to present a ceremonial grant check for $33,970. The library will use the funds to expand and continue its English Language Through Library Services and Technology program. The purpose of the grant is to provide English language learners the tools they need to advance their language and technology skills.
We were happy to meet not only the library director, staff, board members, tutors, and the mayor, but also Lupe, a student from the project who explained to us how important the program has been for her. She commented on the confidence that she has gained from the skills she has adopted. The others commented on efforts to help the adult students in this program get the skills they need to get into and succeed in college classes and to mainstream into the community.
Another example of the power of libraries to be the link to learning, technology, literacy, job skills, and education through one well-considered and professionally applied program. Kudos to Library Director Crystal Spybuck and Business Assistant Bonnie Holmes for their vision of innovative service at the Blanco County South District Library.
I am excited that tomorrow and Friday we will be holding the Texas Statewide Resource Sharing Summit with several dozen library leaders from academic, public and school libraries. The goal of the meeting will be to set a strategic direction for resource sharing for Texas for the next several years. The stakes are high for our agency, for libraries statewide, and for library users who depend on the information. I look forward to working with these strategic library thinkers to try to define ways to use resource sharing to expand our reach, tie our programs together, demonstrate our value, and ensure that libraries will continue to thrive as a resource for generations of Texans to come. That’s not too much to ask, is it?