New Public Library Director Resources


The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) welcomes you to your new role! The Library Development & Networking Division (LDN) at TSLAC is your partner, providing Library Accreditation, Grant Opportunities, Consulting and Training Services.

Library Accreditation

Getting Started

Watch Orientation for New Texas Public Library Directors,  introduced by Mark Smith, agency Director and Librarian. 

Texas Public Libraries Annual Report

Public libraries must submit an online report annually that is used to accredit public libraries
in Texas. Contact LDN Accreditation staff at:  accreditation@tsl.texas.gov.

Any library that submits an Annual Report is eligible to order Summer Reading Program
materials at no cost, through this agency and the Collaborative Summer Library Program
(CSLP).

Benefits of Accreditation

Keep in Touch!

800-252-9386 toll-free in Texas
ld@tsl.texas.gov


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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
The Texas Navigator Group consists of the public libraries in Texas who borrow and
lend material through interlibrary loan (ILL) using OCLC’s Navigator system. 

TexShare Programs
TexShare services are available to patrons of participating member libraries across Texas.
Contact TexShare staff at texshare@tsl.texas.gov.

  • TexShare Database program has electronic resources licensed for the exclusive use
    of Texas libraries and their patrons. 
  • TexShare Card is a library card that lets you borrow books and other physical materials
    from participating libraries across the state.

E-rate/Technology
E-rate is a Federal Communications Commission program that provides up to a 90%
discount on Internet costs.

Grants & Funding

Competitive grants can help expand your programs and services. TSLAC also occasionally
offers special funding opportunities, such as for Technology and Family Place Libraries.

Consulting and Training Services

These services are available to all Texas libraries, regardless of accreditation or reporting status.

Small Library Management Training Program
This ongoing educational program provides management and foundational library skills to librarians without Master's degrees in Library Science that work in small community libraries in Texas.

Library Consulting Services
In-house consulting and continuing education programs are available to any library in the state.

Continuing Education
TSLAC offers extensive continuing education opportunities at no cost to library staff. This is a great way for public library directors to obtain the required 10 hours of continuing education every year.

Page last modified: February 6, 2020