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Ready for Input Now: 2018 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

2019 January 8
by Valicia Greenwood

Texas LibPAS (https://tx.countingopinions.com/),the data collection portal for the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report, is now open for reporting local fiscal year 2018 information, including library revenue, expenditures, collection, circulation, service and e-resource information. Although the  due date is April 30, 2019, we encourage libraries to submit their information by March 31, to allow staff time to review the reports and work through accreditation issues in advance of the June LSA Advisory Board appeals meeting.

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 participate in statewide interlibrary loan,and E-rate– the federal telecommunications discount program.  They are also eligible to apply for the agency’s competitive grants and other fundingopportunities, and to participate in the TexShare Card and TexShareDatabase programs as well.

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!

We are covering changes in questions in an informational webinar on Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 2:00-3:00 p.m.:  Introduction to the 2018 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report. Register by following this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7662534312221319170.  If you are not available at that time, register and the link for the archived webinar will be sent to you.

Emails were sent out last week reminding library directors of their Texas LibPAS log-in information. If you have not received the 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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