August 12, 2013
Plans for Implementing New Funding for K-12 Databases Announced
We are very excited to be bringing back statewide online resources for our state’s K-12 public school libraries. In order to implement this project we are doing the following:
- August 2013 – appointing a taskforce to advise on the program timeline, communications, structure, relationship with TexShare and related issues
- Hiring two new staff members to work with you on K-12 school library matters – one position for a database coordinator and one position to manage the other programmatic aspects of the project. We hope we’ll have staff in place soon!
- September 2013 – beginning our search for an educational partner using a competitive (bid) process.
When will these new statewide resources be available?
We expect to issue a bid for database content sometime in November or December. We will work with the school library community throughout the purchasing process. Product(s) will be selected by April 2014, and a strong core of content will be available to K-12 public school libraries in the summer of 2014.
I hope you are aware that the Legislature included K-12 library cost share as part of the appropriation for database content. This cost share will be collected in 2015 and allow us to add even more content to the core in the summer 2015.We will work with the taskforce and school library community on a cost share model in 2014 so that schools will know as soon as possible what their cost share amount will be, and will also know what content those funds would provide.
There is more information to come but we hope this gives you a timeline for your planning. If you have any questions please contact Deborah Littrell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-463-5456.
Thank you – we look forward to working with you!