Texas Public Libraries Eligible for Up to $5K via TSLAC’s Edge Initiative
Friday, June 6, 2014 • Austin, TX • News Release
Accredited Texas public libraries that have completed and submitted the Edge assessment are eligible for up to $5,000 in reimbursements for the purchase of computer equipment and supplies that will help meet the public access technology needs of their community.
Last year the Texas State Library and Archives Commission joined the nationwide Edge Initiative, a nationally recognized management and leadership process that empowers Texas library leaders to elevate their strategic planning, shape the story of the library and communicate its value in supporting community goals and initiatives around education, health and economic development.
Public libraries in Texas have been signing up for the program since January via www.tsl.texas.gov/edge. Now funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those developing Edge Action Plans and attending Edge training. The reimbursement application process ends June 20, 2014.
“We are so excited to offer this program because the majority of our community is still using dial-up,” said Nicki Stohr, Director of the Wilson County Public Library in Floresville.
Wilson County will be using Edge funds for tablets that patrons can borrow and that will be used to teach children math, reading, and science skills.
“These tablets will enable us to add more educational technologies to our children’s program,” said Stohr.