Upcoming TSLAC Webinar: Rebuilding the Children’s Collection After Natural Disaster

In one week (Thursday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.), please join us for a free webinar featuring special guest speakers from a Texas library who rebuilt their children’s collection after a recent natural disaster. Webinar Title: Rebuilding the Children’s Collection after Natural Disaster When: Thursday, October 6 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM CDT CE Credit: 1…

Letters About Literature

2022-2023 Letters About Literature Contest – Enhanced Cash Prizes for Libraries + Educator Resources

The 2022-2023 Letters About Literature Texas contest includes enhanced cash prizes for libraries, plus and a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) guide. The Texas Center for the Book’s annual Letters About Literature Texas (LAL) contest invites students to respond to authors whose books or poetry have touched their lives. This year’s competition runs from…

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Upcoming TSLAC Webinar – Online Tools to Assess and Build Digital Skills

How can you determine your patrons’ digital skill levels, and what resources are out there to address their needs? Come join us for a live TSLAC webinar on Thursday, September 29, 2-3 pm to learn more. TSLAC’s own Digital Inclusion Consultant Cindy Fisher will co-present with Theresa Sladek, Strategic Partnerships & Northstar Business Development Manager,…

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2022 Texas Great Read is “Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards” by Meghan P. Browne, Illustrated by Carlynn Whitt

Our Texas Center for the Book has chosen Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards by Meghan P. Browne, illustrated by Carlynn Whitt, as the Texas Great Read for 2022. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight…

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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…