Library Technology Academy

Introduction

Participation Requirements

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Need Help?

For more information or questions about the application process, please contact:

Cindy Fisher
Library Technology Consultant &
Grant Manager for the
Library Technology Academy

Email: cfisher@tsl.texas.gov

Phone: 512-463-4855 or 1-800-252-9386 (Toll-free in TX)

Eligibility

  Eligibility to apply for Library Technology Academy participation requires the following:

  • Through their governing authority, accredited public libraries are eligible to apply for funds. Public library applicants must be accredited by TSLAC for the fiscal year in which the grant contracts are issued.
  • Work in or assist a library in a community with a population of 25,000 or less.
  • There is no requirement for cost sharing, matching funds or cost participation with this grant program

While all applicants meeting these criteria are eligible to apply, priority will be given to first-time grant applicants. Please call or email Cindy Fisher with any questions regarding eligibility at 800 252-9386 (toll-free for Texas) or cfisher@tsl.texas.gov.

 

Library Technology Academy Expectations and Timeline

   Before the in-person training, participants will:

  • Complete the Edge Assessment, a free online technology assessment available to all accredited Texas libraries through TSLAC, at least one month before the in-person training. If you have taken Edge within the last twelve months, you do not have to retake it.
  • Participate in a welcome and orientation webinar to go over program logistics and expectations.
  • Notify TSLAC as soon as possible if a selected participant is unavailable to attend the training or becomes ineligible to attend (e.g., accepts a different position within the library or leaves employment at the library), and request approval for a different qualified participant to attend.
  • Commit 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.
  • Request that your governing authority execute a contract with TSLAC to receive up to $11,000 in reimbursement funds to implement an approved project informed by library management strategies and best practices as outlined in the Library Technology Academy training.

   During online training, participants will:

  • Dedicate up to four (4) hours per week for six (6) weeks to participate in the synchronous online training and have the technical capability to do so.
  • Submit assignments and materials on time and be an active and engaged participant of the online course.
  • Submit a Library Technology Inventory at the conclusion of the online course.

  Post in-person and online training, participants will:  

  • Develop a library technology plan for their library — within 2 months
  • Develop and implement a library technology project — within 6 months.
  • Encumber up to $11,000 for materials or services to be purchased in support of implementing the library technology project — within 6 months.
  • Receive in-person site visits from TSLAC staff and receive personalized guidance from a vendor to discuss library technology project — within 6 months.
  • Report on expenditures in accordance with the requirements and timeline provided by TSLAC — within 6 months.
  • Revise initial library technology plan, post project implementation — within 8 months.
  • Present final library technology plan to the library’s governing authority by the end of the grant period — within 8 months.
  • Share training experience through webinar, blog post, panel session or other format to colleagues in the profession at the end of the grant period — within 12 months.
Page last modified: October 17, 2018