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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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Library Management Update: April 2024

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. AI and Libraries II: More Applications, Implications, and Possibilities April 18, 2024 How has artificial intelligence impacted library services, resources, and work so far? How have libraries responded to these evolving technologies to better support their communities? It’s…

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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…

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Library Management Update: March 2024

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. 12 Months to Better Library Data (Webinar Series) Beginning March 2024 Are you interested in gaining knowledge and skills for data-informed decision-making, program improvement, planning, and advocacy? Do you want to learn how to use data to serve…

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Library Management Update: February 2024

Upcoming Opportunities These opportunities are available for free unless otherwise noted. Descriptions are provided by host organizations. Library of Congress Literacy Award February 19, 2024 The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. The awards are intended to draw public…

Texas Book Festival Grants Open

Posting on behalf of the Texas Book Festival. The Texas Book Festival is excited to announce that they are now accepting 2024 Texas Library Grant Applications. Texas public libraries are invited to apply for a $2,500 grant to enhance their digital or physical collections. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 26. For more details,…

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Upcoming Library Tech Lunch and Learns

On the last Thursday of most months, the Innovation and Technology Round Table (ITRT) of the Texas Library Association (TLA) hosts 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 through a library lens. All Texas library staff are…