Library Services and Technology Act
Five Year Plan for Texas
2008 – 2012
The State of Texas faces many challenges now and in the coming decade. A rapidly growing and diverse population, aging citizenry, low educational attainment, income disparities, and overall population shifts from rural to urban promise to tax the local, regional, and statewide resources needed to address these challenges.
Many Texas communities are in trouble. Large centers of urban development struggle with issues like affordable housing, transportation, crime, and decaying infrastructure. Suburban communities are faced with many of the same problems. Many rural areas are faced with declining populations and tax bases, aging citizenry, loss of jobs, and other realities that influence the quality of rural life.
Texas libraries are valuable statewide assets that can build communities and institutions from the inside out. Under the leadership of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), the community of Texas libraries has built and expanded a model statewide resource sharing consortium, established and increased direct state support for public libraries, and created a growing virtual collection of digital materials and objects with a single public access portal.
As TSLAC and the library community have moved forward, we have had to re-evaluate existing programs and services and make changes in the interest of efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. Change will continue to be an important aspect of renewal and revitalization for TSLAC and the community of Texas libraries. Whether driven by fiscal realities, technology trends, requirements for accountability, or demands for continuous improvement, we must evaluate programs and services rigorously, fine tune processes regularly, and ensure that the public resources placed in our trust are used wisely and well to meet the needs of the people of Texas.
The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is to safeguard significant resources, provide information services that inspire and support research, education and reading, and enhance the capacity for achievement of current and future generations. To accomplish this, we
- Preserve the record of government for public scrutiny
- Secure and make accessible historically significant records and other valuable resources
- Meet the reading needs of Texans with disabilities
- Build and sustain statewide partnerships to improve library programs and services
- Enhance the capacity for achievement of individuals and institutions with which we work