TSLAC and TLA step up

This week the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission announced grants to Texas public, academic, and school libraries recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

TLA announced grants totaling $102,600 to 25 libraries from its Disaster Relief Fund in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. These funds were contributed to TLA by librarians and library supporters across Texas and the nation.

On Monday, November 6, The Texas State Library and Archives Commission met in Nacogdoches and approved a total of $194,071 in “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” grants to 25 libraries (coincidentally, though most do not overlap between the two lists) in amounts ranging from under $5,000 to $25,000. These amounts are small, but we hope will be some help to libraries attempting to recover from one of the worst storms in Texas history. We thank the Houston Chronicle for their story today about the TLA and TSLAC grant programs and the efforts of gulf coast and Houston area libraries to recover.

Also at this week’s meeting, the Commission approved the posting of the proposed revision to the School Library Program Standards. These voluntary standards–the product of many hours of work by a committee of school librarians across Texas–are the first major revision to the standards since 2005. We look forward to final adoption of these new standards at the Commission meeting in February. I will provide more information about these standards in a subsequent post on this blog.

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