TLA Digital Conversations

TLA Digital Conversations Wrap-Up in Alpine and Wichita Falls

The Texas Library Association’s “Digital Conversations” concluded their 2024 statewide tour in Alpine and Wichita Falls this past month. The conversation covered topics such as digital literacy, telehealth, grant funding, broadband accessibility, and the many ways libraries can bring digital opportunity to their communities. Both events were attended by community stakeholders, including government officials, local librarians,…

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…

TLA Digital Conversations

TLA Digital Conversation Lands in Clute, Texas

The Texas Library Association’s “Digital Conversations” tour stopped in Clute, Texas on May 9, at the Brazosport Center for the Arts. The panelists presented some of their programs and work, highlighting the need to close the digital divide. With people participating from Brazoria County, Clute, and the Houston area, the event was well-attended, and a…

Broadband and Technology

Funding Opportunity: Broadband Development Office to Apply for State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program

The State Broadband Development Office (BDO) is currently developing their application for the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program (SDECGP), in which Texas was allocated $55.6 million to implement the initiatives identified in the Texas Digital Opportunity Plan (TDOP). This funding will be the first of three tranches over the course of next three years.…

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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Public Libraries: Make sure your community is on the state’s broadband plan radar!

Public libraries across Texas can make a big impact on a statewide effort by the Texas Broadband Development Office (BDO) to bring crucial funds and services to their communities. The BDO is gathering input to write the Texas Digital Opportunity Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for expanding the availability of reliable and affordable…

Upcoming Webinar: Internet For All Texans – How Libraries Can Leverage Historic Funding

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites the Texas library community to join us for this webinar next Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Webinar Title: Internet For All Texans – How Libraries Can Leverage Historic Funding When: Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 AM CT CE Credit: 1 TSLAC CE hour (CPE eligible…