Thank you and congratulations! to the two-thirds of Texas public librarians who have locked their Annual Report for 2019! And if you are one of the nearly 50% who have submitted the signed Application for Accreditation, then give yourself an pat on the back!
This report does more than accredit Texas public libraries. It provides the information that represents Texas libraries to the rest of the nation and beyond. It allows stakeholders to have access to the data that tells every library’s story and to demonstrate the library’s value to the community.
However, there are still nearly 200 public libraries that need to get their report in by Thursday, April 30th! For those of you who have completed the process, reach out to the library in the next town or county and make certain they have submitted everything that is needed.
Known issue: question 3.9b will not always calculate and this will prevent report submission. Valicia Greenwood can force the calculation on the back end. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter this problem. Other issues have been addressed here.
Libraries that submit an Annual Report are eligible to order Summer Reading Program materials at no cost, through this agency and CSLP. Libraries that are accredited can benefit from the TexShare Card and TexShare Databases programs, from statewide interlibrary loan, from the competitive grants and other funding opportunities that come through this agency, and from E-rate, the federal telecommunications program that can provide up to a 90% discount for telecommunications.
Thank you, again, for your participation! Your library’s voice strengthens libraries everywhere.