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2016 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

2017 January 9
by Valicia Greenwood

The Texas Public Libraries Annual Report form is now ready for the local fiscal year 2016 data! Texas LibPAS (https://tx.countingopinions.com/), the data collection portal for the Texas Public Library Annual Report, is now open. This online form collects information about the library for 2016, including library revenue, expenditures, collection, circulation service and e-resource information.

Until January 31st, public libraries also have the opportunity to participate in the TexShare Annual Survey.  Participation in this brief satisfaction survey is voluntary.  After clicking on the Enter button, click on the word, “Select” and choose which report you want to complete: the TexShare Annual Survey or the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission participates in a national public library data collection system and the data is used for the creation of a composite report on the public libraries of the United States, and for state-to-state comparisons by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Additionally, some data elements in this report are used to accredit public libraries in the state of Texas. Accredited libraries can take advantage of the TexShare card and database programs, the State competitive grants, statewide interlibrary loan, and E-rate – the federal telecommunications discount program.

On the Annual Report webpage, you will find links to

  • Sample Annual Report worksheet,
  • Population and MOE Planning Tool,
  • Information on reporting downloadable items,
  • Benefits of accreditation and more!

This year there are changes to information reported for Electronic Collections and Databases.  Refer to the definitions for each question (6.10-6.12) to make certain you are reporting the correct statistics.

If you are a new director, or need to refresh your memory about the Annual Report, register for the webinar on Wednesday, January 25, 2017: “Introduction to the 2016 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report” (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8678432462738112001).  If you are not available for this 2 -3 p.m. session, the webinar will be archived and the link sent to you, so it can be viewed when convenient for you.

Emails were sent out today reminding library directors of their Texas LibPAS username and password. If you have not received this email, or you have questions about the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, please contact Valicia Greenwood or Stacey Malek by email or call within Texas toll-free 800/252-9386.

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