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Upcoming Library Tech Lunch & Learns

On the last Thursday of each month, the Innovation & Technology Round Table (ITRT) of the Texas Library Association (TLA) is hosting a series of FREE half-hour Zoom “Tech Chats” featuring the innovative, award-winning work of Texas libraries and some quick overviews of the latest emerging technologies. All Texas library staff are welcome to attend.…

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Input needed for TSLAC’s new LSTA Five-Year Plan

Posting on behalf of LSTA Coordinator Erica McCormick The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is preparing to write its new Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) five-year plan to submit to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in June. The plan will govern how TSLAC spends its federal funds for federal fiscal…

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New ECF Window Announced for Public Libraries to Receive Free Hotspots and Devices

The Highlights: A third Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Window opens April 28 and closes May 13. ECF will only pay accredited public libraries for Internet/Connected Devices to support library patrons with unmet need. 18 month service period from July 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023, BUT only can seek at most 12 months of funding. Prohibition…

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HHH: 24-Hour Outdoor Kiosk

I recently had the chance to interview Dauna Campbell, Library Director of Harlingen Public Library, about her library’s new 24-hour outdoor kiosk. Today’s highlight: 24-hour outdoor kiosk What is the kiosk exactly? If you can imagine a Redbox for a library, that’s pretty much what this is. It’s a machine that holds 340 items, and…

Statewide Interlibrary Loan Updates

If you are a new Texas public library director or staff member, you may not be familiar with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s (TSLAC) Statewide Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Program for Texas public libraries, or not as familiar as you would like. And even if you’ve been at your library for a little longer,…

New Year, New Partnerships

Dear Partners, It’s 2022, and with the new year comes a new ally for your library! I am Maria Freed, the Workforce Development Consultant with the Library Development and Networking Division at TSLAC. If you have any workforce development questions or concerns, I am at your service. For example, if you seek grants, programs, and…

TSLAC Offers Free Help for Public Libraries to File for Federal E-Rate Funding

E-Rate is a federal discount program available to accredited public libraries that pays up to 90% of broadband costs, but we at TSLAC know the process to complete an application like this can be daunting. TSLAC is continuing its support of libraries this year in applying for E-Rate. The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT),…