Broadband and Technology

Test Drive LDO’s New Speed Test Dashboard

The Library Digital Opportunity office (LDO) has a new speed test dashboard tool, and you can check it out now. See how your library stacks up to the rest! From the dashboard, you can track internet upload and download speeds across the state. The dashboard allows you to filter results by region, population, and income…

T3 – Notes From the Field: 2024 Texas Family Place Libraries™ Training Institute

Round Rock, the “Sports Capital of Texas,” is located just fifteen miles north of Austin. In addition to a full line-up of exceptional sports facilities, the city champions specialty retail shopping, delicious restaurants, outdoor adventures, and the Round Rock Public Library System (RRPL).   Established in 1962, RRPL is a gateway to the community that knocks…

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Library Management Update: May 2024

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. Texas Public Library Continuing Education Survey Texas Public Library Continuing Education Survey The Continuing Education and Consulting team at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission would love to hear about the training topics that are most important…

Upcoming Webinar: Librarians as Leaders for Community Resiliency Collaborations

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in partnership with the Translational Health Research Center (THRC) at Texas State University, invites the library community to join us on May 15 for a webinar that will share results from a pilot project that positioned librarians in two rural Texas communities to lead their communities in resiliency…

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Tomorrow: New TSLAC May Webinar on Robots and Read Alouds

On Tuesday, May 7, TSLAC is providing a free 1-hour webinar about how robots can be used alongside read alouds. Hope you can join us! (Register here) Title: Robots and Read Alouds Presenter: Melanie Sowa-Li, Technology Teacher, Conroe ISD Description:This presentation will examine how robots can be used alongside read alouds to increase student engagement, literary…

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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…