Welcome to Library Technology Academy!
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is opening a brand new pilot program called the Library Technology Academy. This new project-based training grant will use both online and in-person learning experiences to enable library staff more time, guidance, and individualized attention to support technology planning and management. Each library will build on what they’ve learned through the training by designing and implementing a technology project supported by a reimbursement grant of up to $11,000 per library.
This pilot program is informed by the needs of small and rural library staff who requested strategic, intentional and proactive technology planning. After three successful rounds of the one-day You Can Do I.T. workshops, Library Technology Academy is TSLAC's answer to an in-depth training program modeled after the Family Place Libraries Project.
Library Technology Academy participants will first learn strategies and best practices about library technology management (phase one) and then practice implementing strategies by proposing and implementing a technology project for their library (phase two).
Phase One: Training
- Learn strategies, processes and tools for managing library technology through an in-person and online training program.
- Collect information about their respective library’s technology and usage to create a library technology inventory.
- Design a library technology plan that is in line with the library’s mission and vision using the technology inventory.
Phase Two: Project Implementation
- Formulate a project that is in line with their library's mission and vision that addresses a need documented through their library technology plan.
- Pilot the project using strategies, processes and tools learned through the program; resources used in pilot will be reimbursed through awarded TSLAC grant funds.
- Update their library technology plan to reflect changes implemented from their technology project.
- Report on and assess the project at its conclusion to measure the impact and learn where improvements can be made.
After attending the in-person and online trainings, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $11,000 from state funds to assist with the development of their library technology project.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is excited to announce the opening of the Library Technology Academy grant application! TSLAC is looking for five qualified libraries serving communities with populations under 25,000 to be a part of a brand new pilot grant program. The goal of the program is to provide an in-depth learning opportunity for small and rural library staff to acquire, develop and implement the skills and tools needed to manage library technology strategically. Selected applicants will attend an in-person training in Austin, Texas, and then continue their learning via a six-week online course. This grant will provide funding for the equipment and training necessary for each library to:
- Travel to an in-person training in Austin, Texas.
- Purchase materials and services to implement a project informed by library management strategies and best practices as outlined in the Library Technology Academy training. TSLAC will work in collaboration with selected libraries to approve projects proposed.
Expectations: If chosen to participate, libraries will send two participants per library to attend the in-person Library Technology Academy training in Austin, Texas. At least one representative should be a full-time, paid staff member (director, assistant director or manager). The other participant may be another library staff member (full or part-time of the same library) or a library volunteer, city/county I.T. person or community partner of the same library. The same participants should also expect to take part in a six (6) week synchronous online training program and dedicate approximately 20 percent of their time during the grant period to complete project deliverables.
Funding: Following the training, TSLAC and Library Technology Academy will provide funding support up to $11,000 to participating libraries to buy supplies necessary to launch a library technology project location at their facility and for travel and lodging to in-person training.
Application Process: We will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The application will close on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the TSLAC Grants Management System. Successful applicants will be notified in early November 2018. Training will take place in late 2018 and early 2019.
Contact Information: If you have questions about Library Technology Academy or need assistance with the application process, please contact Cindy Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.