Library Services and Technology Act


Five Year Plan for Texas


2008 – 2012

Table of Contents | Introduction | Needs | Projects | Evaluation | Appendix


Projects (Activities)

The following tables show the relationship between needs and goals, and specify the activities, projects, timeline, outputs, and outcomes for each goal. Project descriptions with more information may be found in appendix A.

Need 1: Texans need high quality, reliable information to meet their educational and informational needs

Goal 1:

Provide Texans with access to a broad range of library materials.

Programs (Activities)

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Provide grants and support to public and academic libraries in order to encourage sharing resources for all types of libraries for the benefit of all Texans. (FY2008-FY2012)
TexShare Databases
  • Provide shared access to information for libraries of multiple types, including public, academic, and state governmental agency libraries, as well as libraries of clinical medicine (FY2008-FY2012)
  • Purchase electronic resources through a statewide consortium, thus achieving significant cost savings (FY2008-FY2012)
  • Enable local libraries that are members of the consortium to provide extensive electronic resources to their communities (FY2008-FY2012)
Archives and Information Services (ARIS)
  • Provide improved and enhanced access to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s archival and library collections and resources, including those in print, microform, and electronic formats (FY 2008-2012)
TexTreasures Grants
  • Provide grants to assist academic, public, and medical libraries to make their special or unique collections more accessible to researchers (FY2009-2012)

Key Targets

ILL
  • There will be a 5 percent increase each year in the number of persons participating in interlibrary loan service training
  • Texas Group will show an increase in participation by 5 percent by the end of the five-year plan
  • The Texas Group will show a 10 percent increase in the total number of transactions and the number of requests by the end of the five-year plan, with a minimum increase of 1 percent each year of the plan
  • The Interlibrary Loan Centers (ILCs) will show an efficiency improvement reflected by a decreased cost per transaction at the end of the five-year plan
  • The overall turnaround time for loan requests processed by both the Texas Group libraries and the ILCs will decrease by 5 percent by the end of the five-year plan with a minimum decrease of 0.5 percent each year
TexShare Databases
  • By the end of the five-year plan, the TexShare Databases program will see an overall 10 percent increase in sessions, searches and document retrievals, with a minimum 1 percent increase each year. By year-end FY2010, a statewide survey of staff at TexShare member libraries will indicate that a minimum of 20 percent of users will go to licensed online databases (such as those provided by TexShare) in addition to Internet search engines for purposes of health and business research and school assignments
  • At the end of the five-year plan, the TexShare Database program will see a 20 percent overall increase in sessions, searches, and document retrievals used in the Texas Association of Developing Colleges (TADC) schools, with a minimum 1 percent increase each year
  • TexShare member institutions realize a cost savings over quoted vendor list prices for core databases, reflected by cost avoidance calculations showing library cost to be 1/8 or less than that quoted on vendor price lists
Archives and Information Services
  • Beginning in the second year of the plan, add to the holdings at least one specialized database per biennium
  • For each year of the plan, digitize approximately two hundred large format unique archival documents, and ensure public and staff access to those and other digital resources by procuring appropriate technology
TexTreasures Grants
  • For each fiscal year of two through four of the plan, a minimum of four special collections will be digitized or cataloged into OCLC according to recognized standards (such as those described by the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative) using funds from a TexTreasures grant
  • An average of one project per year will be awarded to a collaborative project with partnerships among two or more institutions; at least two awards over the course of the plan will involve partnerships between different types of organizations (such as museums and libraries) in accordance with LSTA goals
Archives and Information Services
  • By the second year of the plan, five hundred unique visitors will view digital images of the converted large format archival documents, with a twenty-five percent increase in visitors each year thereafter
  • By the end of FY2010, a survey will show ten percent of users have benefited from additional LSTA-funded resources, with an estimated five percent increase each fiscal year
TexTreasures Grants

Based on a report submitted in the fiscal year following the receipt of a TexTreasures grant:

  • Grantees will show a 100 percent increase in use of materials from special or unique collections as measured by standard counts such as those derived from computer logs and reshelving tallies
  • 80 percent of projects digitizing materials with grant funds will make their collections accessible through Texas Heritage Online

LSTA purposes supported by Goal 1

  • Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages
  • Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, State, regional, national, and international electronic networks

Need 2: Texans need enhanced literacy and educational attainment

Goal 2:

Provide assistance to libraries to support literacy and educational attainment in their communities.

Programs (Activities)

Texas Library System
  • Systems will continue to support or will initiate programs that assist local libraries and partner organizations in offering literacy services to their communities (FY2008 – FY2012)
  • Systems will provide electronic resources that meet the needs of the patrons seeking to enhance literacy or educational attainment (FY2008-2009)
  • Systems will continue to offer continuing education and consulting services that raise awareness of issues and promote best practices related to delivering services to meet the literacy and educational needs of their communities (FY2008-2012)
Texas Reads Grants
  • Provide grants to help public libraries promote reading and literacy within local communities (FY2008-2012)
Special Projects Grants
  • Provide grants to public and academic libraries to expand library services to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills (FY2009-2012)
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Provide grants to Texas Library Systems to assist libraries in developing services for learning (FY2009-2012)

Key Targets

Output Targets
Texas Library System
  • Systems will support programs that provide at least 39,000 literacy-tutoring contacts per year (FY2008 – FY2012)
  • Systems will provide at least 33,000 access sessions to electronic resources related to lifelong learning and literacy (FY2008-FY2009)
  • Systems will provide training to at least 6,300 library staff or related personnel (volunteers, trustees, and related advisory positions) (FY2008-2012)
  • Systems will provide training to at least 80 percent of public libraries (FY2008-2010)
  • Systems will provide training to at least 90 percent of public libraries (FY2011-2012)
  • Systems will provide consulting to at least 90 percent of public libraries (FY2008-2010)
  • Systems will provide consulting to at least 95 percent of public libraries (FY2011-2012)
Texas Reads Grants
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report the number of participants attending grant-sponsored programs (FY2008-2012)
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report the number of new library cards issued that are directly attributable to the grant program (FY2008-2012)
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report the number of library materials purchased and circulated with grant funds (FY2008-2012)
Special Projects Grants
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report the number of participants in grant funded programs or services (FY2009-2012)
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Systems receiving a grant will report the number of libraries and participants in grant funded programs or services (FY2009-2012)
Outcome Targets
Texas Library System
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 70 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the immediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 40 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the intermediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
Texas Reads Grants
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report an increase (from previous year) in the number of participants attending library-sponsored programming directly attributable to the grant program (FY2008-2012)
  • Through a survey, patrons attending programs will report an increase in reading-related activities (FY2008-2012)
  • Through a survey, patrons attending programs will report increased enthusiasm for reading (FY2008-2012)
  • Through a survey, parents /caregivers of young children attending programs will report an increase in the amount of time spent in pre-emergent literacy activities (such as looking at books) (FY2008-2012)
  • Through a survey, patrons attending programs will report increased confidence in their reading ability (FY2008-2012)
Special Projects Grants
  • Participants in grant funded programs or services will report an increase in literacy or information skills (FY2009-2012)
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Participants in grant funded programs or services will report an increase in literacy or information skills (FY2009-2012)

LSTA purposes supported by Goal 2

  • Expanding services for learning and access to information and educational resources in a variety of formats, in all types of libraries, for individuals of all ages
  • Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations
  • Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; individuals with disabilities; and, individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills

Need 3: Texas’ diverse populations need a wide variety of responsive, high quality library services

Goal 3:

Assist libraries in providing programs and services to meet the needs of their populations.

Programs (Activities)

Texas Library System
  • Systems will continue to offer continuing education and consulting services to libraries that raise awareness of issues and promote best practices related to delivering services to meet the needs of their communities (FY2008-2012)
Continuing Education & Consulting
  • Train and assist library staff in developing and providing programs to diverse populations through continuing education workshops/programs, and consulting services (FY2008-2012)
  • Monitor and evaluate services to under-served populations in Texas libraries (FY2008-2012)
  • Maintain a current library science collection available to all Texas librarians (FY2008-2012)
Special Projects Grants
  • Provide grants to public and academic libraries to expand library services to all members of the library’s community (FY2009-2012)
Talking Book Program
  • Program is the regional library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress (FY2008-2012)
  • Provide reading materials in specialized formats, as well as playback equipment for recorded materials, to eligible, enrolled users (FY2008-2012)
  • Record local materials for use both in the program and for loan to sister programs within the network (FY2008-2012)
  • Offer reader’s advisory and reference assistance to program users (FY2008-2012)
  • Offer information and referral services on disabilities issues (FY2008-2012)
  • Offer outreach education and training about the program and its uses (FY2008-2012)
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Provide grants to Texas Library Systems to assist libraries in expanding services to all members of the library’s community (2009-2012)

Key Targets

Output Targets
Texas Library System
  • Systems will provide training to at least 6,300 library staff or related personnel (volunteers, trustees, and related advisory position) (FY2008-2012)
  • Systems will provide training to at least 80 percent of public libraries (FY2008-2010)
  • Systems will provide training to at least 90 percent of public libraries (FY2011-2012)
  • Systems will provide consulting to at least 90 percent of public libraries (FY2008-2010)
  • Systems will provide consulting to at least 95 percent of public libraries (FY2011-2012)
Continuing Education & Consulting
  • In each year of the grant, provide continuing education to 500 library staff/related personnel.
  • In each year of the grant, provide consulting to 250 library staff/related personnel
Special Projects Grants
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report the number of participants in grant funded programs or services
Talking Books Program
  • Over the course of the five-year plan (FY2008-2012), eligible users in six targeted rural and isolated counties of the state will receive information about the program
  • By the end of the five year plan (FY2008-2012), nine counties with less than 3 percent of possible eligible users enrolled will receive increased educational outreach
  • By the end of the five year plan (FY2008-2012), the five counties with the largest possible eligible users will receive increased educational outreach
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Systems receiving a grant under this goal will report the number of libraries and participants in grant funded programs or services
Outcome Targets
Texas Library System
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 70 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the immediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 40 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the intermediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
Continuing Education & Consulting
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 70 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the immediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 40 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the intermediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
Special Projects Grants
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report an increase (from previous year) in the number of patrons attending or using library-sponsored programming or services directly attributable to the grant program
Talking Books Program
  • Educational outreach in the targeted rural and isolated counties will result in 3 percent of eligible users being enrolled in the program and receiving library services
  • In the nine counties with less than 3 percent of eligible users enrolled, educational outreach will increase overall enrollments by 2 percent
  • In the five counties with the most potential eligible users, educational outreach will increase and maintain enrollments in each county by 2 percent
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Systems receiving a grant under this goal will report an increase (from previous year) in the number of libraries/patrons attending or using library-sponsored programming or services directly attributable to the grant program

LSTA purposes supported by Goal 3

  • Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations
  • Targeting library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and to individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills
  • Targeting library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children (from birth through age 17) from families with incomes below the poverty line as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and revised annually in accordance with 42 USC Sec. 9902 (2) applicable to a family of the size involved

Need 4: Texans need technology based library services to help them achieve economic, educational, and other personal goals

Goal 4:

Assist libraries with technology to serve the information needs of Texans.

Programs (Activities)

Texas Library System
  • Systems will provide continuing education and consulting services to libraries that raise awareness of issues and promote best practices to deliver technology-based services that meet the information needs of their communities (FY2008-2012)
Technical Assistance Negotiated Grants (TANG)
  • TANG will provide onsite and remote assistance, continuing education, and technology planning assistance to libraries to assist with sustaining technology and improving technology-based library services (FY2008-2012)
Library Cooperation Grants
  • Provide grants to public and academic libraries for programs to promote cooperative services for learning and access to information (2009-2012)
Resource Discovery Services/Library of Texas Program
  • Provide federated searching capability across nearby libraries, TexShare online databases and other information collections to serve the information needs of patrons of all TexShare member libraries (FY2008 – FY2012)
Continuing Education & Consulting
  • Train and assist library staff in using and providing technology-based programs and services through continuing education workshops/programs and consulting (FY2008-2012)
  • Monitor and evaluate technology resources in Texas libraries (2008-2012)
  • Maintain a current Library Science collection available to all Texas librarians (2008-2012)
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Provide grants to Texas Library Systems to assist libraries in developing access to information (2009-2012)

Key Targets

Output Targets
Texas Library System
  • Systems will provide training to at least 6,300 library staff or related personnel (volunteers, trustees, and related advisory position) (FY2008-2012)
  • Systems will provide training to at least 80 percent of public libraries (FY2008-2010)
  • Systems will provide training to at least 90 percent of public libraries (FY2011-2012)
  • Systems will provide consulting to at least 90 percent of public libraries (FY2008-2010)
  • Systems will provide consulting to at least 95 percent of public libraries (FY2011-2012)
TANG
  • TANG will provide onsite or remote assistance to at least 300 libraries. (FY2008-2012)
Library Cooperation Grants
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report the number of participants in grant funded programs or services
Resource Discovery Services/Library of Texas Program (LoT)
  • LoT will provide a functional service accessible to all TexShare member libraries with 95 percent uptime
  • The number of library collections accessible through LoT will increase by at least 5 percent per year
  • LoT will provide access to at least 10 out of the largest 20 public libraries and 10 out of the largest 20 academic libraries and all TexShare Databases throughout the plan period
  • A minimum of 50 librarians will be trained in interoperability and technologies to improve access to information through resource discovery services in each year of the plan
Continuing Education & Consulting
  • In each year of the grant, provide continuing education to 500 library staff or related personnel
  • In each year of the grant, provide consulting to 250 library staff or related personnel
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Systems receiving a grant will report the number of libraries/participants in grant funded programs or services
Outcome Targets
Texas Library System
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 70 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the immediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 40 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the intermediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
TANG
  • Services provided through the program will result in at least 95 percent of library staff experiencing increased technical knowledge, skills, and/or confidence on the topics of training or assistance provided (FY2008-2012)
  • Services provided through the program will result in at least 95 percent of library staff experiencing increased confidence in their ability to maintain technology (FY2008-2012)
  • Services provided through the program will result in at least 90 percent of library staff attempting more technical processes on their own and experiencing more success (increase in technological self-sufficiency) (FY2008-2012)
  • Services provided through the program will result in at least 30 percent of libraries improving or enhancing current technology-based services or offering new technology-based services (FY2008-2012)
  • Services provided through the program will result in at least 80 percent of library staff experiencing increased technical knowledge, skills, and/or confidence in areas of planning and implementing for new technology (FY2008-2012)
Library Cooperation Grants
  • Libraries receiving a grant will report an increase (from previous year) in the number of patrons attending or using library-sponsored programming or services directly attributable to the grant program
Resource Discovery Services/Library of Texas Program
  • 50 percent of TexShare member libraries will use the LoT service in any given month, as shown in LoT transaction logs
  • The percentage of TexShare member libraries that provide a link from their Web sites to LoT will grow at least 5 percent annually until we reach 80 percent
Continuing Education & Consulting
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 70 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the immediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
  • Continuing education services will result in at least 40 percent of attendees successfully accomplishing the intermediate outcomes of the workshops (FY2008-2012)
LSTA Grants – Guidelines for Library Systems
  • Systems receiving a grant will report an increase (from previous year) in the number of patrons attending or using library-sponsored programming or services directly attributable to the grant program

LSTA purposes supported by Goal 4

  • Developing library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks
  • Providing electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries
  • Developing public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations

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