From the Executive Director

LOOKING AHEAD

The Long Range Planning Committee had their final meeting in January. The draft of the CTLS Long Range Plan will go to the CTLS Board before their March meeting. The plan expands in a few ways the 2014-2017 Long Range Plan. After the Board examines and approves the Plan, which will run from 2018 through 2020, it will be posted on the CTLS website.

Many thanks to the Long Range Planning Committee members who took the time to be a part of shaping the future of CTLS!

  • Gretchen Pruett, Chair (New Braunfels)
  • Waynette Ditto, Vice Chair (Hewitt)
  • Larry Koeninger, Secretary (Bryan+College Station)
  • Priscilla Donovan (Leander)
  • Brenda Fisseler (Hallettsville)
  • Tommi Myers (Llano)
  • Kelly Skovbjerg (Boerne)
  • Nicki Stohr (Floresville)

NOW WE ARE 203!

We are delighted to announce that CTLS has 203 member libraries! That’s 10 more than last year! Our members stretch from Presidio in West Texas to Newton on the border with Louisiana, and from Wichita Falls near Oklahoma to Port Isabel, close to the southern tip of Texas on the Gulf Coast near the border with Mexico. CTLS serves 109 counties and has over 36% of the public libraries in Texas as members.  We are grateful for every one of you.

Who are our members? The largest is Austin (over 900,000 in population) and the smallest is Round Top, population 92. Major cities like Corpus Christi and Laredo are members. Mid-size cities like Waco, San Angelo, and Bryan+College Station are members. We have county seats (Belton, Madisonville, Comanche, Greenville, Big Lake, and many more!) and libraries that have a college or university in their community (Brenham, Belton, Waco, San Angelo, Big Spring, and others). Several libraries are close to the border with Mexico (Rio Grande City, McAllen, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Laredo) and others are in the part of Texas that gets snow (Wichita Falls, Snyder, Midland, Colorado City). We love hearing from our members and are happy to brag about your success!  For a complete list of member libraries, click on the Members tab on the CTLS website.

The responsibility of leading a system with this large number of members is great, and we do not take it lightly. We are fortunate to have a dedicated staff and some top-notch volunteers to assist us in helping our members succeed. Our e-mail discussion lists reflect the spirit of cooperation and assistance that our members show to their peers. Thank you to those who participate and answer questions sometimes faster & better than the staff can! Thanks also to those who read & get ideas from the lists. All the wisdom in the system does not reside in the system office.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Tocker Foundation, who helps support us, and to all who contribute or ask their Friends group to contribute to our Annual Giving Campaign. This unrestricted money allows us to do things like expand our Summer Reading Program workshops to 2 additional communities in West Texas for a total of 6 SRP workshops this year. Thank you!