Jennifer Peters

Community Engagement Program Administrator
jpeters at

Texas Receives IMLS Grant for Multi-State Volunteer Initiative

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

As part of a four state collaborative, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is the recipient of the FY2016 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant for the project “The Get Involved Collaborative: A Multi-State Approach to Increasing Volunteer Engagement.” The four state library agencies involved are California, Arizona, Texas and Idaho.

The three-year Get Involved Collaborative grant will enable Texas public libraries to become knowledgeable about involving highly skilled volunteers and approaching volunteer engagement in new ways.

The goals of the Get Involved Collaborative are: 1) Demonstrate and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of enhancing public library services by implementing skilled volunteer programs using a statewide or regional consortia model; 2) Increase participation of skilled volunteers in public libraries; 3) Clarify library staff understanding of the ways skilled volunteers can support library programs and services; 4) Expand the engagement of skilled volunteers to enhance library services for the public and create new library supporters.

The grant will fund premium Volunteer Match subscriptions for up to 200 Texas public libraries as well as extensive training for library staff.  In Year One, we will hold a special one-day all-expense paid training institute for up to 40 library staff, and we will provide additional in-person and webinar trainings available to all Texas libraries over the course of the grant. TSLAC will be recruiting libraries in the near future to participate in the program.  If you are looking to engage skilled volunteers in your libraries, contact Jennifer Peters for more information.