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TSLAC opens “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants Program

From the TSLAC website:

Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants

These grants funds Texas library services and programs to aid libraries that sustained damage by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. They assist libraries in restoring services and programs to their patrons.

This grant program will fund operating expenditures such as library supplies and materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services. To be eligible, grant expenses must be reasonable and in accordance with appropriate state or local operating policies and procedures. Further, all grant expenses must be designed to respond directly to the disaster.

For further information on grant amount, eligible activities, and libraries that are eligible to recieve funds, please visit this page of the TSLAC website.

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:

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.

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.


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

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


Study Shows $2.628 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission produced a study of the economic impact of public libraries in Texas using data from the 2015 fiscal year. This study was lead by Dr. James Jarrett, Senior Research Scientist of the Bureau of Business Research, IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. The economic modeling was performed by Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director of the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder.

The short version is that Texas communities gain an average of $4.64 in benefits for every $1.00 invested in their public library. The full text of the press release is at A video announcement may be viewed at

TSLAC and Reach Out and Read-Texas Collaborating to Help Texas Public Libraries

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and Reach Out and Read-Texas (ROR), a program of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, share a mission of encouraging a love of books and reading and supporting preschool children in school-readiness. To enhance their success, the TSLAC and ROR formalized a Collaboration Agreement to encourage local Texas public libraries and local ROR participants to collaborate. This is a wonderful opportunity to promote your Family Place programs and additional programs for preschool children.


The mission of Reach Out and Read-Texas ( is to give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Since 1991, the Reach Out and Read model has been studied by academic investigators in a variety of settings, providing an extensive body of peer-reviewed research on the effects of the program.

Key Findings

  •  Parents served by Reach Out and Read are up to four times more likely to read aloud to their children.
  •  Reach Out and Read reaches the child through effectively teaching the parent to start lifelong learning in the home.
  •  During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. These early foundational language skills help start children on a path of success when they enter school.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites Texas public libraries to initiate collaborations with local ROR programs, and to provide:

  1. Library card applications that local ROR programs may share with participating families.
  1. Library calendars of events with early literacy, parenting, ESL, GED, and other library information that local ROR  programs may distribute to children and families to inform them about public library services and programs.
  1. Information about the library’s online resources that local ROR programs may provide to children and families.
  1. Parent/child, parenting, and literacy programs at ROR program locations, or read to children at the sites, if outreach staff is available.
  1. Information about ROR to library patrons in the library and through social media.


For more information about establishing ROR partnerships, please visit the Texas State Library’s website at or contact Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, at

TSLAC Survey for 2017 SRP Manual Format

In 2017, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will again be providing the Collaborative Summer Library Program‘s Summer Reading manuals to Texas libraries. However, instead of providing it on a DVD, the manual will be available to your library on a flash drive OR online with a password. Please take a moment to take this survey to let TSLAC know which way you prefer to get your SRP materials.

Next year’s theme is Build a Better World and we have already started collecting ideas on Pinterest. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

Participate in TSLAC’s Texas Public Library Speed Test

Check out this post from the Texas State Library & Archives on participating in the Texas Public Library Speed Test. Sounds easy to participate! Please help them gather this data.

For just a couple more weeks, the Texas Public Library Speed Test will remain up and running – and NOW is your chance to conduct this quick, easy test and have your library’s voice represented in this state-wide snapshot of the amount of Internet speed available to patrons in public libraries.

So far we’ve received results from about two-thirds of main libraries and we’d love to get the remaining third in the state!

Want to participate but don’t have the invitation or link?    Email TSLAC for the invitation!

The automated process takes less than 2 minutes and can be done via any browser on one of the library’s public access computers.

So far we’ve received a range of speeds:  from 462 kilobytes downloaded per second all the way to above 1 gigabit downloaded per second.

As it stands now, about half of libraries serving populations below 25K have reported download speeds of 10 Mbps and below.
Here’s how it currently breaks down:

Below 25K: 48% report 10 Mbps or below
25K to 99K: 19% report 10 Mbps or below
100K and above: 10% report 10 Mbps or below

What’s your Internet speed and how do you fit in to this? Take the test and join in!

A big Thank You! to the following libraries who’ve taken the Speed Test and had their results transmitted to us for this important project!


Abernathy Public Library Ethel L Whipple Memorial Library Motley County Library
Abilene Public Library Eula & David Wintermann Library Mount Calm Public Library
Alicia Salinas Public Library Euless Public Library Mount Pleasant Public Library
Allan Shivers Library & Museum Fairfield Library Muleshoe Area Public Library
Alma M Carpenter Public Library Falls City Public Library Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library
Alpine Public Library Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library Nancy Nail Memorial Library
Alvarado Public Library Fayette Public Library Natalia Veterans Memorial Library
Alvord Public Library Ferris Public Library Nellie Pederson Civic Library
Amarillo Public Library Flatonia Public Library Nesbitt Memorial Library
Andrews County Library Flower Mound Public Library New Boston Public Library
Archer Public Library FM Buck Richards Memorial Library New Braunfels Public Library
Arlington Public Library System Foard County Library New Waverly Public Library
Arthur Temple Sr Memorial Library Forest Hill Public Library Newton County Public Library
Atlanta Public Library Fort Bend County Libraries Nicholas P Sims Library & Lyceum
Aubrey Area Library Fort Stockton Public Library North Richland Hills Public Library
Austin County Library System Fort Worth Library Nueces County Keach Family Library
Austin Memorial Library Franklin County Library Palacios Library Inc
Austin Public Library Friendswood Public Library Paris Public Library
Azle Memorial Library Friona Public Library Pasadena Public Library
Bailey H Dunlap Memorial Library Gaines County Library Patrick Heath Public Library
Balch Springs Library-Learning Center Gatesville Public Library Pearsall Public Library
Bastrop Public Library Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library Penitas Public Library
Baylor County Free Library Georgetown Public Library Pflugerville Public Library
Bee Cave Public Library Gibbs Memorial Library Pharr Memorial Library
Bell/Whittington Public Library Giddings Public Library Pilot Point Community Library
Bellaire City Library Gilbreath Memorial Library Pittsburg-Camp County Public Library
Benbrook Public Library Gilliam Memorial Public Library Plano Public Library System
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library Gonzales Public Library Port Isabel Public Library
BiblioTech Grace Grebing Public/School Library Post Public Library
Blanche K Werner Public Library Grand Saline Public Library Poteet Public Library
Blanco County South Library District Grandview Public Library Pottsboro Area Public Library
Bonham Public Library Grapevine Public Library Prosper Community Library
Bowie Public Library Groesbeck Public Library Quemado Public Library
Boyce Ditto Public Library Groves Public Library Quitman Public Library
Breckenridge Library Gunter Library and Museum Rains County Public Library
Bridge City Public Library Hale Center Public Library Inc Ranger City Library
Brownsville Public Library Haltom City Public Library Rankin Public Library
Brownwood Public Library Harper Library Reagan County Library
Bryan+College Station Public Library System Harris County Public Library Real County Public Library
Buda Public Library Haslet Public Library Red River County Public Library
Buffalo Public Library Helen Hall Library Reeves County Library
Bullard Community Library Hemphill County Library Rhoads Memorial Library
Bulverde/Spring Branch Library Hewitt Public Library Rhome Public Library
Burkburnett Library Hidalgo Public Library Richard S and Leah Morris Memorial Library
Burnet County Library System Higgins Public Library Richardson Public Library
Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library Highland Park Library Rio Grande City Public Library
Calhoun County Public Library Hillsboro City Library Rio Hondo Public Library
Callahan County Library Hood County Public Library Rita & Truett Smith Public Library
Cameron Public Library Houston Public Library River Oaks Public Library
Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library Hutchinson County Library Roanoke Public Library
Canyon Area Library Hutto Public Library Robert J Kleberg Public Library
Caprock Public Library Imperial Public Library Rosenberg Library
Carl & Mary Welhausen Library Iraan Public Library Rotan Public Library
Carrollton Public Library Irving Public Library Round Rock Public Library System
Carson County Public Library Jackson County Memorial Library Round Top Family Library
Cedar Park Public Library Jacksonville Public Library Rowlett Public Library
Centennial Memorial Library Jasper Public Library Rube Sessions Memorial Library
CF Goodwin Public Library JH Wootters Crockett Public Library Runge Public Library
Chambers County Library System Joe Barnhart Bee County Library Rusk County Library System
Chandler Public Library John Ed Keeter Public Library Salado Public Library District
Charles J Rike Memorial Library Jones Public Library Sam Fore Jr Wilson County Public Library
Charlotte Public Library Judy B McDonald Public Library Sammy Brown Library
Chico Public Library Inc Keller Public Library San Antonio Public Library
City County Library Kendalia Public Library San Marcos Public Library
City of Garden Ridge Library Kendrick Memorial Library Santa Anna Library
City of Presidio Library Kenedy Public Library Schertz Public Library
City of Wolfforth Library Kennedale Public Library Schulenburg Public Library
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library Kent County Library Seagoville Public Library
Clint ISD Public Library Kilgore Public Library Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library
Clyde Public Library Killeen City Library System Shackelford County Library
Cochran County Love Memorial Library Killgore Memorial Library Sherman County Public Library
Cockrell Hill Public Library Kimble County Library Shiner Public Library
Coldspring Area Public Library Inc Krum Public Library Sinton Public Library
Coleman Public Library La Joya Municipal Library Smithville Public Library
Colleyville Public Library La Marque Public Library Smith-Welch Memorial Library
Collingsworth Public Library Laguna Vista Public Library Springlake-Earth Community Library
Comanche Public Library Lake Travis Community Library Stella Hill Memorial Library
Comfort Public Library Lake Whitney Library Sterling County Public Library
Commerce Public Library Lampasas Public Library Sterling Municipal Library
Converse Public Library Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library Stewart C Meyer Library
Cooke County Library Laredo Public Library Stonewall County Library
Copperas Cove Public Library Leander Public Library Swisher County Library
Corpus Christi Public Libraries Lee Public Library Taft Public Library
County-City Library Lena Armstrong Public Library Taylor Public Library
Crandall-Combine Community Library Leon Valley Public Library Teague Public Library
Crane County Library Lewisville Public Library Temple Public Library
Crockett County Public Library Liberty Hill Public Library Texarkana Public Library
Crosby County Library Liberty Municipal Library The Colony Public Library
Crowley Public Library Library of Graham The Library at Cedar Creek Lake
Cuero Public Library Live Oak County Library TLL Temple Memorial Library & Archives
D Brown Memorial Library Llano County Library System Tom Burnett Memorial Library
Dallam-Hartley County Library Lois Nelson Public Library Tye Preston Memorial Library
Dallas Public Library Lovett Memorial Library McLean Tyler Public Library
Deaf Smith County Library Lovett Memorial Library Pampa Unger Memorial Library
Decatur Public Library Lubbock Public Library Upton County Public Library
Dennis M O Connor Public Library Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library Utopia Memorial Library
Denton Public Library Lumberton Public Library Val Verde County Library
DeSoto Public Library Lytle Public Library Valley Mills Public Library
Dickens County Spur Public Library Madison County Library Van Alstyne Public Library
Dickinson Public Library Mae S Bruce Library Van Horn City County Library
Dilley Public Library Mansfield Public Library Van Zandt County Library
Dimmit County Public Library Marathon Public Library Victoria Public Library
Dr Hector P Garcia Memorial Library Marfa Public Library Vidor Public Library
Dripping Springs Community Library Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library
Driscoll Public Library Marion Community Library W Walworth Harrison Public Library
Dublin Public Library Marshall Public Library Waller County Library
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library Martin County Library Ward County Library
Duval County/San Diego Public Library Mason County M Beven Eckert Memorial Library Waskom Public Library
Eagle Pass Public Library Mathis Public Library Watauga Public Library
East Parker County Library Mayor Joe V Sanchez Public Library Weatherford Public Library
Ector County Library MB Noelke Jr Memorial Library Wells Branch Community Library
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library McAllen Memorial Library West Public Library
Edwards Public Library McGinley Memorial Public Library Westbank Community Library District
Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library Medina Community Library Westworth Village Public Library
El Paso Public Library Melissa Public Library Whitesboro Public Library
El Progreso Memorial Library Memphis Public Library Whitewright Public Library
Electra Public Library Mesquite Public Library William T Cozby Public Library
Elgin Public Library Midland County Public Library Wimberley Village Library
Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library of Forney Montgomery County Memorial Library System Winters Public Library
Elsa Public Library Moody Community Library Wolfe City Public Library
Ennis Public Library Moore Memorial Public Library Yoakum County Library
Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library

TSLAC to Offer Webinar Series on Patron Privacy

From the TSLAC website:

A very special three-part webinar series on patron privacy for Texas library staff kicks off on February 9.

Patron Privacy – What Texas Library Staff Should Know

(For Texas Library Staff Only)

Are you confident in your ability to handle requests for patron information from authorities? When is the last time you had a refresher on Texas laws related to library records? Do you have questions regarding privacy and the online environment, employees, volunteers, or serving minors? The Texas State Library & Archives Commission invites Texas library staff to attend this very special Webinar series on privacy, presented by Texas attorney Gretchen McCord.

During this three part series, Gretchen will provide guidance and training focused on privacy in the areas of constitutional law, federal law, Texas state law, and application of the law and ethics. She will discuss how to minimize the risk related to privacy issues in the library, and will address frequently asked questions. Attendees will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of this noted privacy expert, so this is a webinar series that you do not want to miss!

About the presenter: Gretchen McCord is an attorney licensed by the State of Texas, specializing in privacy and copyright.  Gretchen provides legal advising and training in the areas of copyright law, privacy law, licensing, and other legal issues associated with digital information and social media.  With a total of over twenty years of experience as a lawyer and a higher education librarian, her practice (Digital Information Law) focuses on assisting educational institutions and libraries, small and mid-sized businesses, and non-profit organizations as they transition into the digital world.

1.5 TSLAC CE hours per session

Attendees must register for each part of the series separately.

Part 1 – February 9, 2016 from 2-3:30pm CST — Register:

Part 2 – February 16, 2016 from 2-3:30pm CST — Register:

Part 3 – February 23, 2016 from 2-3:30pm CST — Register:

Questions? Please contact Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant,  Library Development and Networking Division, or 1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas).