Broadband and Technology

How a “Library of Things” Became an Emergency Response Plan

During her tenure as Director of the Brazoria County Library System, Lisa Loranc has introduced a variety of new programs and resources to her community. One of those offerings is a “Library of Things,” which gives patrons the ability to access more than just books and media. What started out as a way for people…

Broadband and Technology

Digital Opportunity in Clute: Conversations with Civic Leaders for Community Success

Join us May 9, at 9:30 a.m., for a free, in-person event for anyone interested or involved in expanding digital access or literacy and the role that libraries can play in this effort, including librarians, civic leaders, broadband suppliers, and workforce advocates. We’ll discuss how to build and strengthen relationships to better serve our communities.…

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Small Business Growth Through Libraries

Did you know that Texas was named Best State for Business 19 years in a row so far, and that according to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2023 Small Business Profile, 99.8% of businesses in Texas are small businesses, which create opportunities for 44.5% of Texas employees (4.9 million workers)? As the chart to the…

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ACC Host Site Applications are Due by April 30

Are you looking to add a tech-savvy staff member to assist with digital literacy projects in your library? Applications to the American Connection Corps (ACC) for the 2024-2025 service year are due at the end of April. Cost for hosting a member is $35,000/year with financial scholarships available for qualifying organizations. ACC is a service…

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EntreLib Pitch Perfect Workshop

If you’re preparing to enter in the 2024 Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference (EntreLib) Pitch Competition, or if you’re eager to learn the art of delivering a powerful pitch to secure funding for your business development, entrepreneurship, and economic development initiatives, watch the recording of EntreLib’s Pitch Perfect Workshop, and here are just a few takeaways…

Entrepreneurship and Libraries Pitch Competition

Let’s Bring Home the Prizes: 2024 Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference Pitch Competition

It’s that time again! Time to compete against libraries across the nation in a pitch competition to win a prize to launch or support your idea that will aid local entrepreneurs, small businesses, job creation, and economic development! Submissions for the pitch competition are open now! Mark your calendars with these important dates for the…

Public Libraries Encouraged to Apply for TSLAC Texas Reads Grants

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has announced that it is accepting applications for its state fiscal year 2025 Texas Reads competitive grant program. The Texas Reads grant funds public library programs that promote reading and literacy within local communities. Programs may include—but are not limited to—book talks; English literacy classes; author visits;…

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New TSLAC January Webinar on AI and Libraries

On Tuesday, January 30, TSLAC is providing a free 1-hour webinar about the new generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology and how one librarian in a small rural library is pioneering its use to serve her community. Hope you can join us! (Register here) Title: Make Your Life Easier with AI: How AI Revolutionizes Library Services…

Small Business Summit in Fredericksburg

Looking for a networking or a new professional development opportunity? Keep an eye out for the next time that the Governor’s Small Business Summit is in your area. The Governor’s Economic Development & Tourism Office (EDT) hosts numerous events of this kind throughout the year. Just in the past few months, they went to Beaumont,…

Five Steps to Intentional Business Initiatives

By Guest Blogger Kristin Linscott, Development & Community Partnerships, Plano Public Library Engaging successfully with entrepreneurs and small businesses doesn’t happen by chance. Your library can take active steps to reach this audience by promoting relevant resources and developing partnerships, boosting your library’s visibility and reputation in the process. Generally, entrepreneurs are not looking to…