PART I: SECONDARY DATA REPORT

VI. LIBRARY COOPERATION GRANTS

Three of the LSTA goals address cooperation among libraries:

  • Establish and enhance linkages among and between libraries.
  • Encourage libraries in different areas or of different kinds to establish consortia and share resources.
  • Link libraries electronically with educational, social, and informational networks.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) awarded six Library Cooperation Grants in 1999 and 2001 for these purposes. Four of the grants deal with cooperation among public libraries. One grant addresses cooperation between a public library and a community college. One grant addresses cooperation between three public libraries and literacy providers.

Table VI.1


Library Cooperation Grants

Number of Grants Awarded

4 in 1999

 

2 in 2001

 

Total Amount of Grants:

 

 

1999

$343,597

 

2001

$123,861

 

Grants Awarded:

 

 

1999

Haltom City

$129,000

 

Hidalgo County

$111,550

 

City of Los Fresnos

$ 28,322

 

Montgomery County

$ 74,725

2001

City of Uvalde

$ 63,866

 

City of Weslaco

$ 59,995

The Cooperation Grant Projects engaged in a large number of activities, and generally met their objectives.

Haltom City Cooperation Grant

The objectives of the Haltom City Cooperation project were to link the libraries in four smaller cities to the Ft. Worth Public Library's online catalogue, increase Internet access, expand resource sharing through a common library card and regular courier service, and share technology training and support. The consortium serves a population of 592,211. Patrons of the libraries gained access to greatly increased collection resources (over two million items).

The consortium used an LSTA grant of $129,000 and a local match of $54,000.

The cooperation grant project served 55,678 people; provided reference assistance to approximately 50,000 patrons; attendance at training and other programs approximated 1,000; and over 5,000 new library cards were issued during the grant year.

Hidalgo County Cooperation Grant

The $111,550 grant was awarded to help fund the purchase, installation, and training for implementation of an online integrated library system to serve the 12 libraries of the Hidalgo County Library System.

City of Los Fresnos Cooperation Grant

The $28,322 grant was awarded to help fund a joint integrated library system at Ethel Whipple Memorial Library and Brownsville Public Library. The joint project was part of a larger initiative to link the automation systems of all 17 libraries in Cameron and Hidalgo County Library Systems, giving patrons access to the collections of all participating libraries.

Montgomery County Cooperation Grant

The $74,725 grant was awarded for hardware, software, training, and publicity related to a cooperation project between Montgomery County Memorial Library System and the North Harris Montgomery Community College District. The cooperation project was designed to provide remote access to a joint catalog, improve on-site use of library resources, and promote increased resource sharing among the 175,855 consortium members.

City of Uvalde Cooperation Grant

The objective of the $63,866 grant was to increase resources available to Uvalde County residents by creating a unified automation system for the three county libraries. At the end of FY 2001, Sabinal and Utopia's libraries were connected to the server in Uvalde. Utopia's library collection had been converted as had two-thirds of Sabinal's collection. The Uvalde library staff conducted 19 training sessions in the operation of the automated system for 48 Utopia and Sabinal staff. To increase the patron base, Uvalde library staff visited each school in the county and distributed library cards. As a result of this campaign, 1,265 new patrons were registered.

City of Weslaco Cooperation Grant

The objective of the cooperation grant was to purchase literacy resource materials and support literacy providers in the Rio Grande Valley. The literacy resource collection was housed in three libraries in the Valley--Weslaco, Mission, and San Benito--to ensure easy access. The strategies the project used were to offer a series of workshops for instructors and tutors and a train-the-trainer workshop.

The project obtained 898 books, 248 cassettes, 444 videos, and 12 software programs. The project also set up a demonstration lab with six computers. The project offered six workshops to 147 literacy providers. The project has also distributed a partial bibliography at literacy meetings and workshops. Project staff visited eight literacy centers and made presentations.

Cooperation grant projects performance was documented and evaluated based on the following criteria, as applicable to a particular project:

  • Materials Acquisition:
    • - Number of books received.
    • - Number of database services acquired.
    • - Number of major hardware components received.
    • - Number of other materials received.
    • - Total number of materials acquired.
  • Technical Assistance:
    • - Number of training sessions.
    • - Number of persons attending training sessions.
    • - Pieces of publicity distributed.
  • Program Services:
    • - Number of discrete uses of databases.
    • - Number of reference questions handled.
    • - Number of persons attending special programs.
    • - Number of persons receiving a library card for the first time due to this project.
    • - Number of shared users.

The performance data provided by grant recipients showed a great level of activity on all variables. The methodology that the TSLAC used in evaluating the performance of these projects is the "percent of target achieved." As shown in the tables below, the extent to which projects met their targets on these variables varied greatly across projects by performance measure and across performance measures by project.

Table VI.2


Materials Acquisition

Grant

Target

Actual

% of Target

Haltom City

44

44

100.0%

Hidalgo County

14

9

64.3%

City of Los Fresnos

19

19

100.0%

Montgomery County

29

32

110.0%

City of Uvalde

8

8

100.0%

City of Weslaco

1,164

1,590

137.0%

Table VI.3


Technical Assistance

Grant

# of Training Sessions

# of Persons Attending Sessions

Pieces of Publicity Distributed

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Haltom City

31

290

935.0%

350

470

134.0%

10,500

36,600

348.0%

Hidalgo County

21

21

100.0%

60

64

106.7%

6,000

4

0.0%

City of Los Fresnos

10

10

100.0%

10

10

100.0%

500

520

104.0%

Montgomery County

17

18

106.0%

80

82

482.0%

2,500

2,500

100.0%

City of Uvalde

6

17

283.0%

18

35

194.0%

7

7

100.0%

City of Weslaco

6

8

100.0%

100

124

124.0%

105

158

150.0%

Table VI.4


Program Services

Grant

# of Discrete uses of Databases

# of Reference Questions Handled

# of Persons Attending Special Programs

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Haltom City

N/A

N/A

N/A

42,524

49,337

116.0%

213

493

231.0%

Hidalgo County

1,200,000

0

0.0%

850,000

0

0.0%

50,000

0

0.0%

City of Los Fresnos

470,000

420,000

89.0%

7,500

1,539

20.0%

700

669

95.0%

Montgomery County

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1,056

915

87.0%

City of Uvalde

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

City of Weslaco

1,500

124

8.3%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Table VI.5


Program Services

Grant

# of Persons Receiving Library Card

# of Shared Users

Target

Actual

% of Target

Target

Actual

% of Target

Haltom City

780

5,378

689.0%

84,926

84,926

100.0%

Hidalgo County

16,000

0

0.0%

1,200,0000

0

0.0%

City of Los Fresnos

6,500

0

0.0%

44,500

54,067

124.0%

Montgomery County

N/A

N/A

N/A

175,000

175,855

101.0%

City of Uvalde

200

1,265

633.0%

14,000

14,467

103.0%

City of Weslaco

50

25

50.0%

95

N/A

N/A

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