Public Library Accreditation and Statistics

Annual Report

Accreditation

Public Library Statistics

Statistical Resources

Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

Thank you to all of the Texas public librarians who participate in this survey! 

Click for a list of information that is collected in the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report.

Forms are available in PDF format.  PDF requires a free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Application and Accreditation Forms

All reports must be submitted online through a data collection portal, Bibliostat Collect.  Emails containing user credentials are sent directly to library directors.

Annual Report Blank Worksheet for Local Fiscal Year 2021 (PDF)

2021 Application Form for Accreditation in State Library System (PDF)

Indirect Cost Information
Indirect costs can be included when a library fails to meet Maintenance of Effort. 
Indirect Cost Examples
Indirect Cost Documentation Sample

Accreditation Appeal:  Public libraries that do not meet certain accreditation criteria have the option to appeal loss of accreditation to the Library Systems Act (LSA) advisory board.  If you believe your library may need to appeal loss of accreditation, please contact LDN staff at accreditation@tsl.texas.gov for instructions and assistance with this process.

Training Links

Slide Deck Explanations

Recorded Presentations

Preparing for the 2021 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report (recording)
Original air date,  November 9, 2021 
Every year Texas public library directors must submit the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report to be eligible for library accreditation as well as participate in many agency financial and resource opportunities. Library Data Coordinator Valicia Greenwood provides answers to accreditation questions, as well as reporting on library finances, collection, programs, service hours and technology. On the 2021 report, questions have been added for library programs, and for the library’s response during the ongoing pandemic.  This is a good introduction to the process for those doing the Annual Report for the first time and a timely review for experienced directors. Slides (PDF);  Handout (PDF). 

Changes Ahead! Reviewing the 2021 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report (recording)
Original air date,  January 20, 2022
Public libraries all over Texas must submit the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report each year in order to be considered for accreditation and other agency programs. Library Data Coordinator Valicia Greenwood provides an overview of the 2021 report, answering questions about accreditation, financial reporting, collection and program statistics sections. There will be a look at Bibliostat Collect, the new data collection portal. Excellent webinar for those new to the report, or for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge of this important library survey. Slides (PDF); Handout (PDF)

NOTE:   If you wish to earn continuing education credit and be able to print a certificate of completion for viewing the recording, follow instructions here.

Upcoming Presentations

Get Their Attention!  Presenting Texas Public Library Data to Stakeholders.
Presentation date,  Texas Library Association Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Tuesday April 26, 1:30-2:30 PM

Who are the library stakeholders, how do they help the library and how do we reach them?  Is data the answer?  Learn how to use data effectively in presenting to library stakeholders.  Slides (PDF); Handout (PDF)

Contact Information

Current Library Directory

Accreditation & Statistics

accreditation@tsl.texas.gov;
800-252-9386
(Toll-free in Texas)

Valicia Greenwood
Library Data Coordinator

Erica McCormick
LD Program Coordinator
Jennifer Peters
Director, Library Development and Networking Division

 
Page last modified: May 9, 2022