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FY1998 - FY2002

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The State Plan for the Library Services and Technology Act in Texas: FFY1998 - 2002, amended, has been prepared by the staff of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) in accordance with the general guidance provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The State Plan was written and submitted in March 1997 as a preliminary plan. As we have made the transition from LSCA to LSTA, we have attempted to maintain programs that continued to be successful, while adding a limited number of new initatives that address other concerns expressed by the Texas library community. We discontinued two programs that were either superceded or ineffective.

In State Fiscal Year (SFY) 1999, the TSLAC discontinued two programs. 1) Project Link: Internet Assistance Grants and 2) State Institutional Library Services. Project Link was no longer needed because the 74th Texas Legislature created the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) to meet the same goals. Since 1997, TIF has provided more than $12 million in grants for computers, software, and wiring to connect Texas libraries (school, public, and academic) to the Internet. State Library staff have been involved in the development of standards for connectivity and work with the TIF staff to ensure that every eligible library is able to take advantage of the TIF grants and training.

The Institutional Grant program was discontinued because many state institutions do not have traditional libraries. This makes it difficult for them to maintain public library materials as part of their program. Only one institution received more than approximately $400 worth of materials annually and five institutions elected not to participate in SFY1998. The program was labor intensive for the institutions and for TSLAC staff. Because the program was not filling a defined need for the institutions and was of diminishing value to the TSLAC, it was discontinued.

The Public Library Establishment Grants program, which encourages local governments to establish public library service, broadened its scope to permit grant applications from counties without countywide service, and from cities and library tax districts not served by another library. This has revitalized the program and increased interest in establishing library service in unserved areas of the state.

The major addition to the grant program is the Technical Assistance Negotiated Grants (TANG). These grants provide funds for technological assistance (training, consulting, mentoring, technical support) to enable grantees to aid public library staff to use and maintain information resource technology. Priority for grants is given to the ten Texas Library Systems and each of the systems elected to participate in SFY1999.

The State Plan for LSTA goals and objectives are based on the Request for Legislative Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2000 and 2001 as submitted to the Governor's Office of Budget and Planning and the Legislative Budget Board by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Further, it is subject to revisions of policies, rules, or statutes by the Texas Legislature, the US Congress, the IMLS, or other oversight bodies.

The Library Development Division would appreciate receiving any questions, comments, or suggestions concerning this amended State Plan.

Jeanette Larson, Director

Library Development Division

May 18, 1999

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