Beyond 2000: Books, Bytes, and Beginnings


Statewide Goals and Benchmarks

Public Schools | Higher Education | Health and Human Services


Public Safety and Criminal Justice | Economic Development | General Government

Education: Public schools

Vision Texas Benchmark and

Agency Goals and Performance Measure Benchmark

Percent of students from third grade forward who are able to read at or above grade level

Percent of students who achieve mastery of the foundation subjects of reading, English language arts, math, social studies, and science

Percent of students who attend schools or districts rated as "recognized" or "exemplary"

1.1.3 - Aid in the development of local libraries (Number of local librarians trained or assisted)

1.1.2 - Provide funding to support the Texas Library System (Number persons provided project-sponsored services by the Texas Library System)

1.2.1 - Provide direct library service by mail to Texas citizens with disabilities (Number of persons served)

Relationship of Agency Benchmarks


to Vision Texas Benchmarks

Public libraries are frequently the only publicly funded institution in a given community supporting the intellectual development of the pre-school and early elementary-age child, using such projects as the Texas Reading Club and other outreach projects (Read to Your Bunny; early literacy program; Follow My Lead. Read!; partnership with PBS television), to ensure that children enter school ready to read and learn and continue to be encouraged to read in early elementary grades. Public libraries play a key role in supporting school curricula both during school hours and when the school library is closed, head start programs, and home-schooled children. Studies indicate that school and public libraries play a key role in student achievement and strong public libraries are better able to partner with schools to provide a sharing of resources and expertise to benefit students and teachers. School library standards encourage school districts to improve and expand library services, to utilize resources provided to school libraries by the state, and to partner with public libraries to ensure the broadest access possible for students. Studies have shown that good school library service results in higher student test scores.

The agency assists elementary school teachers by providing reading materials in Braille, large print, and cassette for students unable to read standard print materials (due to a visual, physical, or learning disability), thereby allowing these students to participate in regular classroom assignments (i.e., book reports, term papers, etc.). Teachers are increasingly finding the services provided essential to the academic success of their students with learning disabilities. Access to books in these special formats is critical to develop a love of reading, to develop the requisite reading skills needed to achieve mastery of foundation subjects, and to complete academic projects in a timely fashion equal to that of their non-disabled peers.

The program has also supported public libraries by providing services to children with disabilities by making adaptive equipment (i.e., reading machines, CCTVs, and magnifiers) available in local libraries for children to use in pursuing their reading interests independently.

Education: Higher Education

Vision Texas Benchmark and

Agency Goals and Performance Measure Benchmark

Percent of Texans with a bachelor's degree or higher

1.1.1 - Share library resources among libraries statewide (Number of books and other library materials provided to libraries by shared resources)

1.1.4 - TexShare Library Consortium (Number of books and other library materials provided by TexShare)

1.2.1 - Provide direct library service by mail to Texas citizens with disabilities (Number of persons served)

Relationship of Agency Benchmarks


to Vision Texas Benchmarks

The agency conducts projects to facilitate and encourage the sharing of library resources (such as the statewide interlibrary loan network). These services help to ensure that students of higher education, as well as others pursuing lifelong learning, have access to the library materials and information they need to achieve their educational goals.

TexShare is a 600-member statewide library consortium that supports educational achievement by expanding the range of resources available in libraries statewide. For example, TexShare's online databases put thousands of full-text reference materials and journals on the desktop - even in the most remote locations. These storehouses of knowledge offer authoritative full-text articles from verifiable sources such as handbooks, encyclopedias and other reference tools, as well as newspapers, magazines and peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

The agency supports the efforts of students with disabilities in pursuit of a college degree through the provision of books and magazines in Braille, large print, and cassette formats. Consistent usage of reading materials in alternate formats increases a student's chances of being accepted to a college or university of his or hertheir choice, reduces insecurity, produces a greater breadth of knowledge in both social and academic situations, and positively impacts writing and speaking skills.

Vision Texas Benchmark and

Agency Goals and Performance Measure Benchmark

Percent of adult population with a vocational/technical certificate or degree

1.1.3 - Aid in the development of local libraries (Number of persons provided local library project-sponsored services)

1.1.1 - Share library resources among libraries statewide (Number of books and other library materials provided to libraries by shared resources)

1.1.4 - TexShare Library Consortium (Number of books and other library materials provided by TexShare)

Relationship of Agency Benchmarks


to Vision Texas Benchmarks

For many adults pursuing vocational licenses, certifications and degrees, especially those living in rural areas, the local public library is a key source of reference materials, study materials and information on certification requirements and testing schedules.

Resource sharing networks such as statewide interlibrary loan and Internet-based services ensure that the necessary training materials are accessible to all.

The TEXpress courier service enables Texans to promptly receive items they request from other libraries via interlibrary loan. In addition, the TexShare Card enables Texans to visit participating libraries statewide, and to borrow materials directly from these libraries in the same manner they check out items from their local libraries.

Health and Human Services

Vision Texas Benchmark and

Agency Goals and Performance Measure Benchmark

Percent of people with functional limitations successfully rehabilitated with improved economic self-sufficiency

1.1.3 - Aid in the development of local libraries (Number of persons provided local library project-sponsored services)


Percent of people with disabilities living independently

1.2.1 - Provide direct library service by mail to Texas citizens with disabilities (Number of persons served)

Relationship of Agency Benchmarks


to Vision Texas Benchmarks

Many of the programs and services of public libraries support the efforts of persons with functional limitations such as limited English proficiency, illiteracy, unemployment, and physical disabilities, to obtain the educational materials, training, and referral information needed to lead economically self-sufficient lives. Many of the services provided by the Texas Library System such as literacy training, English as a second language classes, and reference and referral programs are designed to both empower libraries to help these clients and to provide a safety net that ensures that these persons do not go unserved even in rurally isolated or socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.

The agency supports Texans with print disabilities (visual, physical, or learning disabilities), by providing books and magazines in Braille, cassette, and large print for continuing education and career development. Without access to new ideas and information, Texans with print disabilities would be at a serious disadvantage in the fast changing work place. A Disability Information and Referral Center is available for juvenile and adult clients as well as for parents, teachers, and other professionals. By providing information and referral about employment sources, adaptive technology, advocacy and consumer groups, persons with disabilities can become more independent to function bothwith more ease in and out of the work world.

Public Safety and Criminal Justice

Vision Texas Benchmark and

Agency Goals and Performance Measure Benchmark

Juvenile violent crime arrest rate

Adult violent crime arrest rates

Felony probation revocation rate

1.1.3 - Aid in the development of local libraries (Number of persons provided local library project-sponsored services)

1.2.1 - Provide direct library service by mail to Texas citizens with disabilities (Number of persons served)

Relationship of Agency Benchmarks


to Vision Texas Benchmarks

In many of our inner city and urban areas, the public library is one of few places where youth and others can go to engage in a positive environment of learning and support. The library is often a safe haven of learning and personal growth for youth at-risk who have few other such options in their neighborhoods. Increased levels of education are believed to lead to decreased crime rates. (The Zero to Three Child Care Anthology, 1984-1992. National Center for Clinical Infant Programs. Arlington, VA.)

Through the Talking Book Program, the agency strives to provide quality library service and timely turnaround to its patrons who cannot read standard print. A sizeable volunteer program, through which volunteers assist with the time-consuming task of book inspection and other special projects, provides ample opportunity for adult citizens to earn hours for the Travis County Community Service Restitution (CSR) program. CSR volunteers benefit from the ability to perform community service, and the patrons benefit by receiving faster service.

Economic Development

Vision Texas Benchmark and

Agency Goals and Performance Measure Benchmark

Median household incomeNet number of new jobs created above the minimum wage

Number of new small businesses created

1.1.1 - Share library resources among libraries statewide (Number of persons provided project-sponsored services by shared resources)

1.1.4 - TexShare Library Consortium (Number of persons provided project-sponsored services by TexShare)

1.1.3 - Aid in the development of local libraries (Number of persons provided local library project-sponsored services)

Relationship of Agency Benchmarks


to Vision Texas Benchmarks

The role of the library as a contributor to the economic life of the community is significant. Recent and ongoing studies in St. Louis and Ontario document the many ways in which libraries contribute to job creation through training, direct job creation, and as a factor inviting business relocation.

Public libraries are vital to small business development by providing quality business services, preparing the workforce for employment, and supporting infrastructure development.

At a time when the state's prosperity depends on access to timely, relevant, and reliable information more than ever before, library resource sharing services make it possible for libraries across Texas to deliver a broad range of compelling content. This enables libraries to help Texans thrive in this complex technological age.

General Government

Vision Texas Benchmark and

Agency Goals and Performance Measure Benchmark

Total state spending per capita

State and local taxes per capita

3.1.1 - Provide records management training for state-local government officials (Number of cubic feet stored/ maintained)

2.1.1 - Provide access to information in government publications and records (Number of reference questions satisfactorily answered)

1.1.4 - TexShare Library Consortium (Number of persons provided project-sponsored services by TexShare)

1.2.1 - Provide direct library service by mail to Texas citizens with disabilities (Number of persons served)

Relationship of Agency Benchmarks


to Vision Texas Benchmarks

The agency provides training and technical assistance in the management of government records. The agency also operates the State Records Center and its associated imaging services bureau to assist governments to achieve cost-effectiveness and efficiency in recordkeeping. By disposing of unneeded records in a timely manner, by storing inactive records in the low-cost State Records Center or with private storage vendors, and by using imaging technologies to reduce the volume of paper records, state agencies and local governments realize cost savings in the management of government records.

An example of the potential cost benefits that can be realized through government records management is documented in the analysis conducted in the early 1990's by Dr. Eugenia Brumm, then of the University of Texas at Austin's Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Dr. Brumm identified about $70 million in cost savings and cost avoidance and a 27 to 1 return on the state's investment for operating this agency's records management program for other state agencies during fiscal years 1988-91.

In FY1999, the agency estimates that state agencies achieved $49,872,710 in cost-avoidance by storing 302,754 cubic feet of inactive records in the State Records Center. Current projections for this annual cost-avoidance are $53.6 million in FY2002 and $55 million on FY2003.

The other primary benefit of records management- efficient access to information- is less easily measured in dollar figures but is of critical importance to sustain services to citizens and to improve accountability of government operations. For example, many of the benchmarks identified in "Vision Texas" are based on state and local records, which provide essential information for evaluating the level of government performance.

Buying databases at the state level enables libraries to serve Texans at a fraction of what local communities would pay if they purchased these services on their own. In FY1999, for example, online database subscriptions provided by this agency would have cost individual libraries more than $20 million - 10 times their actual cost to the state. So for every dollar spent, these services delivered a $10 return on investment.

The agency provides direct library service to Texans with disabilities at a much lower cost per capita than in other comparable programs in the nation. The Talking Book Program also represents a case where centralization at the state level provides real economies of scale.

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