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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),…

Upcoming Webinar: New Grant Program – TSLAC Community Advancement Packages (CAP) Grant Program Webinar

Join us on Wednesday, January 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. for a webinar to introduce Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s (TSLAC) newest grant program – The Community Advancement Packages (CAP) Grant Program. In this webinar, TSLAC staff Laura Tadena, Equity and Inclusion Consultant, Patrick Lloyd, Community Resilient Consultant, and Bethany Wilson, Grant…

Texas Public Libraries Encouraged to Apply for Federal Broadband Funding Through State Library

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has announced the application window for federal E-Rate funding is now open. From Jan. 12, accredited Texas public libraries can apply to receive discounts on monthly Internet access costs and most anything to do with bringing high-speed Internet to the library (including equipment and cabling). E-rate was…

Resources for Creating Collections Development Policies and Responding to Community Needs and Challenges

In response to requests from librarians looking for professional resources on collections development policies and responding to content challenges, TSLAC staff have compiled a list of resources available on our website. They have also been included below for ease of access. These resources include common professional tools with information on policy development, reconsideration procedures, tracking…

Season’s Greetings!

We want to extend our warmest wishes to you all this holiday season. Thank you for all that you do for your libraries and communities! Just as a reminder, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will be CLOSED Thursday, Dec. 23 – Friday, Dec. 24, as well as Friday, Dec. 31. Looking forward to…