Austin, TX – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is excited to announce that, after a successful pilot last year, we are once again offering the Library Technology Academy. This training grant program is informed by the needs of small and rural Texas library staff who have requested strategic, intentional and proactive technology planning.
Last year, we received an overwhelming response from small and rural libraries for this program, and we are thrilled to announce that we are expanding the grant in a few ways:
- Libraries with populations of 30,000 or fewer are eligible to apply.
- No restrictions if you have previously received a TSLAC grant.
- Number of participants expanded to 10 libraries and 20 participants.
- Online training expanded to eight weeks to include a focus on gaining community input.
“Technology is as important to a library as its collection and physical space, yet rarely is there an opportunity to be reflective about technology planning. The goal of Library Technology Academy is to help library staff look past the shiny new technology to focus on what will truly make a community impact,” said Cindy Fisher, Library Technology Academy grant manager. “Some of last year’s projects included a digital media lab, digital signage, a mobile laptop lab and installing WiFi throughout the library. Projects were as unique as the libraries and library staff that developed them. We can’t wait to see what this year’s cohort develops.”
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, December 9-10, 2019, and then continue their learning via an eight-week online course taught by Carson Block, a nationally known expert in library technology management.
Following the training, each library will implement their own technology project. The grant funding will enable participants to purchase materials and services to implement a project informed by library management strategies and best practices.
TSLAC is now accepting applications, with a final deadline of Sunday, October 20, 2019. Before submitting, applicants are encouraged to visit the Library Technology Academy website (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/librarytechacademy) and watch the short video tour of Library Technology resources, as well as download the Frequently Asked Questions and Grant Guidelines.
The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Grants Management System. If you need assistance with the application process or have further questions, please contact Cindy Fisher, Library Technology Consultant and Library Technology Academy grant manager, at email@example.com or 1-800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). Successful applicants will be notified in early November 2019.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit tsl.texas.gov.