Resources and Services for Texas School Libraries
- ESSA Legislation Recommendations
- ESSA Resources
- Effective School Library Definition
- K12 Advisory Group
- OER (Open Educational Resources)
- School Library Standards Revision Process
- School Librarian Certification (Texas Administrative Code)
- School Library Facilities TAC
- TEA's School Library Page
- 2021 Report on TexQuest Content Controls
- TexQuest Request for Reconsideration Form
- TexQuest Electronic Resource Program Authorized Access
- Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL)
- TSLAC/TEA Study of the Needs of Public School Libraries
TexQuest is a statewide digital resources program that provides anytime, anywhere access to high-quality, authoritative digital resources to all educators, students, and students' immediate families in Texas K-12 public schools and open-enrollment charter schools. The program is supported, in part, by appropriations from the Texas State Legislature and district annual membership fees, which include access to electronic resources, training, and technical support.
On Aug. 4, 2023, the Commission provided initial approval for draft standards on collection development. This step is the first action as the draft must be further considered by the State Board of Education. We anticipate additional feedback and comments throughout the rule-making process. We anticipate that TSLAC’s formal rule proposal will be considered in September and should then be open for additional formal public comments. At this time, anyone wishing to provide informal comments may do so by emailing email@example.com. See: Draft Collection Development Standards (as approved 8/4/2023).
TexQuest - statewide digital resources for K-12 public school libraries - TexQuest provides high-quality online instructional resources for every grade level and subject area. Region 20 ESC serves as our educational partner. Learn more at texquest.net
ChalkDUST has been updated with the new TexQuest resources added since June 2016. They include Britannica E-STAX, EBSCO eBooks, Gale's Science in Context, ProQuest's SIRS Discoverer, and TalkingBooks.net. The updated usage statistics include a new metric for Full Text Documents, which is used for Britannica E-Stax, EBSCO eBooks, Gale, and ProQuest's SIRS Discoverer.
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School Library Program Standards 2018 (Web Page)School Library Program Standards (PDF document of the standards)
Guidance for School Libraries on Collection Development (PDF document)
FREE Online Courses for librarians and library staff, many with SBEC credit!
Letters About Literature - All 4th-12th graders are invited to participate! Read a book or poem and write a letter. You could be on the winner list next year! For more information about the contest, see details.
Library Science Collection - professional library resources. Search the library catalog of the State Library, and find information including hours, location, services, and a list of subscriptions to journal titles in library and information science.
College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities - a website with preparation advice and resources for conquering learning challenges at school.
Open eBooks is a partnership between Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library, and First Book and is part of the White House ConnectED Initiative.
Summer Reading Programs - Public libraries offer summer programs to encourage children and teens to read for pleasure and to promote literacy. Contact your local public library for more information.
Talking Book Program - a free service that loans materials to people who cannot read standard print publications due to visual, physical or reading disabilities.