PART I: SECONDARY DATA REPORT

VII. CONTINUING EDUCATION AND CONSULTING SERVICES

The Continuing Education and Consulting (CE/C) Department of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) helps train librarians in the full range of library management topics, including youth services, special projects, and electronic resources. The department provides consulting services in similar areas, including telecommunications, web-based services, integrated library systems, and distance learning technologies. The department also provides, according to the Agency's Strategic Plan, statewide access to library-related satellite videoconferences and is developing web-based training.

It is important to recognize that LSTA provides a small share of the funding for this program. The project activities described in this section apply to the Continuing Education and Consulting Department as a whole and not to activities performed solely with LSTA funds.

1. Project Activities

FY 1998 ($41,080 LSTA funds)

Using LSTA and matching state funds, the Continuing Education and Consulting (CE/C) Department hired a Special Services consultant who consulted with library staff on topics such as library management and operations, youth services, services to special populations, grant writing and literacy. The Continuing Education and Consulting Department provided the following services in 1998:

  • 105 workshops, seminars and training sessions
  • 6,092 people received services
  • Workshop addressed topics such as:
    • - Z39.50
    • - Government Information on the Internet
    • - Advanced Internet Searching
    • - Presentation skills
    • - Formation of library tax districts

FY 1999 (LSTA funds ($46,909)

The Continuing Education and Consulting Department provided the following services in 1999:

  • 88 workshops, seminars and training sessions
  • 3,268 people received services
  • 146 library directors completed the five-session training for Samll Library Management and received completion certificates.
  • Workshop addressed topics such as:
    • - Government Information on the Internet
    • - Advanced Internet
    • - Presentation skills
    • - Basic grant writing
    • - Community user analysis
  • 1,655 hours of consultation
  • 34,986 people received consulting
  • 440,026 persons participated in the Texas Reading Club "Open A Book, On With the Show" program.

FY 2000 (LSTA funds $147,776)

The Continuing Education and Consulting Department provided the following services in 2000:

  • 359 workshops, seminars and training sessions
  • 4,004 people received services
  • 1,652 hours of consultation
  • 51,885 people received consulting services
  • 421,100 people participated in the Texas Reading Club "Invent the Future-READ!" program
  • CE/C developed a distance education program through online tutorials in conjunction with the "Small Library Management Training Program and the provision of videoconferencing opportunities for academic and public libraries statewide

FY 2001 (LSTA funds $184,078)

2. Project Performance Measures

The performance of the department is measured on four criteria:

  • Number of hours of consultation, technical assistance.
  • Number of people receiving consultation.
  • Number of workshops.
  • Number of people receiving services.
Table VII.1

Continuing Education and Consulting*

1998

1999-1998 Change

1999

2000-1999 Change

2000

Number of workshops

105

-16.2%

88

307.9%

359

Number of people receiving services

6,092

-46.3%

3,268

22.5%

4,004

Number of library directors who completed Small Library Management Training

 

 

146

 

 

Number of hours of consultation

 

 

1,655

-0.2%

1,652

Number of people who received consultation

 

 

34,986

48.2%

51,885

Texas Reading Club participants

 

 

440,026

-4.3%

421,100

Total number served

6,092

7,750.1%

478,280

-0.3%

476,989

Workshop average score

6.6

 

 

 

 

* FY 2001 data not available at time of analysis.

The statistics provided by the Continuing Education and Consulting Department show activities in multiple areas and delivery of services through multiple means such as workshops and one-on-one consulting. The level of activity does not show consistent patterns across the years. For example, in FY 1999, the department delivered 16 percent fewer workshops than in FY 1998. In FY 2000, the department increased the number of workshops by 308 percent over FY 1999. Similarly, the number of people who received services through workshops decreased 46 percent in FY 1999 over FY 1998 and increased 22 percent in FY 2000 over FY 1999. In FY 2000 the department increased the number of people who received consulting services by nearly 50 percent. Staff turnover has been a significant factor in this trend.

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