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2017 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report – Portal Closing in Ten Days!

2018 April 19
by Valicia Greenwood

Thank you and congratulations! to the nearly 80% of Texas public librarians who have locked their Annual Report for 2017!  And if you are one of the nearly 70% who have submitted the signed Application for Accreditation, then give yourself an extra high-five!

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 each and every library’s story and to demonstrate the library’s value to the community.

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.

Libraries that submit an Annual Report are eligible to order Summer Reading Program materials at no cost, through this agency and CSLP.

However, there are still over 100 public libraries that need to get their report in by Monday, 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.  If you still need to get signatures on the Application, don’t wait until next week.  Do it today!  Then scan and email, or fax it to Library Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood at 512/936-2306.

Questions?  Submission Issues?  Accreditation concerns?  Visit the Annual Report webpage, or contact Valicia Greenwood or Program Coordinator Stacey Malek for assistance.  Or call (toll free, in Texas) 800/252-9386 and you’ll be connected with someone who can help.

Thank you, again, for your participation! Your library’s voice strengthens libraries everywhere.

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