Rule Review Posted

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has posted a notice related to Library Development in the December 14, 2018 edition of the Texas Register.

TSLAC has filed a notice of intent to review and consider for readoption, revision, or repeal of the rules in Chapter 1 of the Texas Administrative Code, Title 13, Part 1, related to Library Development. The notice of review can be found on page 8155 at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/pdf/backview/1214/1214is.pdf .

This review is conducted pursuant to Texas Government Code §2001.039, which requires rule review every four years. Comments should be directed to Jennifer Peters, Director of Library Development and Networking, TSLAC, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, Texas 78711, by fax at or jpeters@tsl.texas.gov. Written comments from the general public must be received within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Texas Register.

A message from the Director of Library Development & Networking

Jennifer PetersA message from the Director of LDN

September 1 marks the one-year anniversary of my becoming Director of Library Development and Networking at TSLAC. Transitioning from program staff to the Director has been exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, and exhausting, sometimes all at the same time!

I spent my first year getting to know the Division and discovering the role we play in the larger agency. I’m humbled by the amazing talent in this Division.

I’d like to spend my second year getting to know you better. If you’re a member of a regional library group, or if you get together with other librarians regularly for shop talk, I’d love to join you this fall and winter to hear your thoughts about the future of Texas libraries and how TSLAC can help.  I’m also available for presentations if you would like some professional development along with a conversation. I’m happy to go anywhere—I love every part of Texas! Please feel free to drop me a line if you have a meeting planned and I’ll try to find a way to get there. A couple of weeks advance notice is much appreciated.

You can reach me at Jennifer Peters, jpeters@tsl.texas.gov.

Loan Star Libraries Grant Awards Received

(From left) Peggy D. Rudd, TSLAC director and state librarian; Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski; Larry J. Ringer, former College Station mayor; Sandra J. Pickett, TSLAC chairwoman; Larry Koeninger, Bryan+College Station public library director and State Rep. Fred Brown of Bryan present a Loan Star Library grant check of $23,191 to Bryan+College Station Library System Oct. 10, 2010 (TSLAC photo).

State Legislators, State Library officials, local librarians and city officials have come together in libraries around the state for the past seven weeks, to celebrate and acknowledge the Loan Star Libraries grant award. This has provided a great opportunity for libraries to publicize the difference this grant makes, especially in these tough economic times.  The grant funds help provide information and training for career hunters, updating of library collections, even extended hours when local budgets are being cut.  The purchase of computers, access to databases, supplies and presenters for summer reading programs and, of course, more books, audiobooks and DVD’s, are many times not possible with local funds – the Loan Star Libraries grant provides the extra resource libraries need.  

The Loan Star Libraries Grant program has distributed over $41 million to libraries throughout the state of Texas since 2002.  This year, $6 million has been awarded to 541 libraries through this program which encourages improvement in library services and access to public library resources and services for all Texans.

Many librarians and their staff are still in the process of deciding how the funds will be spent because Plans of Action for this award must be submitted before October 31st.   Plans are being made for additional training to be available later this year, to assist with the required tracking and reporting of grant activity.  Webinars on the previous year’s grant program are archived on our website.

Check the Loan Star Libraries grant program page for more information, including the history of grant awards since the beginning of the program.