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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.…

Digital Literacy Grant Opportunity and Training Materials from the Public Library Association

The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with AT&T, has announced a new grant opportunity to support public libraries in providing digital literacy workshops. The application window is now open, and a webinar will be held on May 19 to provide more information to interested libraries. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you’ll be…

Let’s Talk Technology Instruction!

Spurred by a great idea from Misti Rudloff, library worker and technology trainer of the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library, we’re hosting our first informal and interactive online technology chat for Texas public library staff! The pandemic underlined the importance of technology in all of our lives and library workers are essential in assisting community…

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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…

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Help Texans Provide Feedback to the Broadband Development Office about Connectivity Needs via Survey

The Broadband Development Office needs your help to get the word out about their broadband access survey by May 5! In conjunction with their listening tour, the Broadband Development Office is collecting feedback via an online survey of Texans’s connectivity needs. Findings will be used to inform the Statewide Broadband Plan which will guide strategy…

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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…

Broadband Listening Tour – Spread the Word!

There are almost 3.2 million Texas households that do not subscribe to home broadband service (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019), and about 165,000 Texas households that do not even have access to infrastructure to support broadband speeds (Connected Nation Texas, 2022). Libraries are well versed in the connectivity inequity in our communities and have always played…

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),…