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News relevant to libraries but not from CTLS or its member libraries

TSLAC to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants

From Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

On September 18 we will open applications for “Rebuilding Texas Libraries,” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will make at least $300,000 in Library Services and Technology Act Funds available to libraries in counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott.

More information on Rebuilding Texas Libraries grants in included in this press release issued today:https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/tslac_disaster_relief__grant

We appreciate the flexibility and support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services for working with us to be able to make these funds available on an emergency basis. Guidelines will be issued on September 18 and streamlined grant applications will be due by October 16.

Texas Library Recovery Connection

From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:

As the long slow process of recovery begins, we are beginning to hear about libraries facing tremendous damage and total devastation. Librarians are returning to determine their most immediate and long term needs for assistance.

The Texas Library Association developed the Texas Library Recovery Connection an online information<http://www.txla.org/library-recovery> sharing system to help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need. The Google spreadsheet<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1x_iuLXoK79MAeQMes5cD9_viCR-j9n4h7dzWOmyjdq0/edit#gid=0>, similar to those developed by other grassroots groups, is a tool where librarians and library supporters can enter pertinent information.

There are two worksheets in the Google spreadsheet – one for libraries needing assistance, and one for companies/organizations and others offering assistance. Our hope is that this simple information sharing system will help connect those offering assistance to libraries in need.

Please share this link with your colleagues: www.txla.org/library-recovery.  The webpage has general information and links to the Google spreadsheet.

The outpouring of support from the library community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is truly inspiring. Thank you!

Weathering the Storm

We sincerely hope that all of your libraries and communities are safe and receive little damage from Hurricane Harvey over the weekend. The Texas Library Association has a list of Disaster Relief Resources as well as their application to receive Disaster Relief Funds. If you would like to make a donation, you can purchase a TLA Coloring book whose proceeds benefit disaster relief or donate directly to the Disaster Relief Fund here.

If any of your libraries begin an online fundraising campaign to help with recovery, please send them to us so that we can help spread the word.

Stay safe!

 

Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries Has Been Updated

Earlier this year, ALA updated their advocacy tool Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries with new information and research.

 

For instance, you had probably heard before that there are more public libraries, including branches, than McDonald’s in the United States. But did you know that there are also more public libraries than Starbucks? Also, there were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, which is more than all Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association games combined! Now those are some impressive facts!

You can purchase the pocket-sized fold out cards by emailing advocacy@ala.org, or you can download them in English and Spanish here. There is also an annotated version here so we can cite our sources.

Come See Us at #txla17!

Safe travels for everyone headed to the Texas Library Association’s annual conference in San Antonio! CTLS and Tocker will be sharing a booth in the exhibit hall. All CTLS staff will be at conference so our office will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. If you need us, come by the booth and say hello! We will be giving away packets of 10 solar viewing glasses per library while supplies last.

Continue reading Come See Us at #txla17!

Taking Action on Senate Bill 902 and Public Library Accreditation

Shared from the Library Issues and Taking Action page of the Texas Library Association Website:


SB 902 Would Eliminate Most Criteria for Public Library Accreditation

Fact Sheet Talking Points (for internal use only)

Senator Brian Birdwell (SD 22) introduced SB 902 relating to a prohibition on the adoption of certain library standards by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). TLA strongly opposes this bill which would diminish the quality of library services throughout the state, and dilute and devalue legitimate public library service by eliminating common baselines for professionalism, services and resources.

The bill prohibits TSLAC from requiring libraries to meet minimum accreditation standards related to:

  • Local operating expenditures
  • Collections based on publication dates
  • Hours of operation
  • The number or classification of library employees

To participate in state programs incuding TexShare and interlibrary loan, and to be eligible for competitive grants, public libraries must meet minimum accreditation standards. These accreditation standards ensure the efficient and accountable use of state and federal resources, and set basic standards to assure statewide equity in the provision of library services. The minimum standards, which were developed in collaboration with library stakeholders and local governments from across the state, set reasonable, reachable, and essential expectations for basic library services while being respectful of local economic challenges. 93% of Texas’ public libraries meet the minimum standards.

The bill was referred to the Senate Business and Commerce committee. TLA members are continuing to reach out to their Senators to express their oppostion, and TLA has met with committee staff to share our concerns.


Take Action- SB 902

Contact your senator and representative and share your concerns about the impact of this bill on Texas’ public library services. Discuss the bill with your staff, city/county officials, boards, and other stakeholder groups, asking them to oppose the bill and to contact their senator and representative.

TLA prepared SB 902 talking points to help you prepare for these meetings and conversations, and the SB 902 Fact Sheet to share with legislators, local officials, stakeholders etc.

Today is the Deadline! #SaveIMLS

Today, April 3rd, is the first deadline to contact your representatives to ask them to sign “Dear Appropriator” letters. These two letters ask Appropriators to support Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) funding.

ALA’s Take Action page makes it easy to contact the appropriate people with talking points. You can send an email, make a phone call, or send a tweet. If your rep has signed the letter, please call to thank them!

The Texas Library Association released a statement on the President’s proposed budget which eliminates federal library funding.

The Texas State Library recently released a wonderful video showing the impact that IMLS has on all Texans.

Don’t let the word deadline stop you either. April 3rd is only the first deadline, but EveryLibrary assures me that it isn’t over until the budget is passed. Continuing contacting representatives past April 3rd!

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Remembering Christine McNew

KP and ChristineImage from Katelyn Patterson

Texas Library Association statement, reprinted with permission

Remembering Christine McNew

Christine McNew, youth services coordinator in the Library Development and Networking Division at the Texas State Library and Archives passed away this week. Over the years, Christine made remarkable and highly visible contributions to the services offered to Texas libraries. She was a widely respected statewide expert on the topic of library services to children, and was a veteran of many workshops, webinars, and conference presentations on the subject.

Christine was always a tireless advocate of the power of summer reading programs and recently added important groundbreaking work encouraging summer nutrition programs at libraries. Christine will be long remembered for her substantial contributions over her entire career to excellence in library services to children. For decades to come, many thousands of children in Texas will benefit from her work.

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The Texas Library Association put together a resolution in memory of Christine McNew.

TLA Resolution In Memory of ChristineShe will be missed by all.