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Texas

State Librarian

Mr. Mark Smith
Director & Librarian
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1201 Brazos Street
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711-2927
Phone: 512/463-6856
Fax: 512/463-5436
E-mail: msmith@tsl.state.tx.us

State library website:
http://www.tsl.state.tx.us

“IMLS/LSTA funds provide critical support in our goal of helping libraries position themselves to be vital to their communities and a sustainable resource for early literacy, lifelong learning, technology access and support, workforce development, and civic engagement.”

--Mark Smith, Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

 

The Grants to States Program

The Grants to States Program is the largest grant program run by IMLS; it provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula set by the law. SLAAs determine goals and objectives for the funds in their statutorily required five-year plan (see below). For more information, see the Grants to States program overview.

 

Recent Allotments

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
$11,692,064 $10,614,851 $10,388,436 $9,964,148 $10,510,319


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Project Examples

TexTreaures Grants-UNT-Kennedy Docs Digitization
With the approach of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries collaborated with the Dallas Municipal Archives and the Sixth Floor Museum to provide online access to a wealth of research materials about this historic event. The resulting TexTreasures project, Fifty Years Later: The John F. Kennedy Assassination, digitized two collections to add to the existing JFK assassination materials available online. From the Dallas Municipal Archives, UNT re-digitized 11,406 pages of materials from the Dallas Police Department’s extensive investigation of the incident. From the Sixth Floor Museum, UNT digitized and transcribed four handwritten journals from jurors who sat on the Jack Ruby trial. By making these files freely accessible and keyword searchable for a worldwide audience, the project not only provided a wealth of research material, it also created robust digital surrogates for the original documents in case of disaster.
IMLS Funds: $21,894

Impact Grants-Technology Skills for Economic Recovery
Eight subgrants were awarded to improve Texans’ technology skills to enhance their economic and personal goals. The public libraries in this group offered computer classes to their adult patrons, which often involved upgrading or adding new computers to the library’s facilities. Library staff provided the bulk of the training, and class topics ranged from teaching computer basics, to updating a resume, to searching the Internet for employment options and completing online applications. One library targeted not only the unemployed/underemployed, but also the small business community by offering a small business resource center and classes on business software. In evaluations, patrons agreed that the grant-funded project increased their confidence in using computers and in finding information online, improved their computer abilities, and imparted skills that would help them reach their employment and personal goals.
IMLS Funds: $71,028

Other project(s) featured through IMLS media include:

Search the Awarded Grants Database for additional details about awards in this state.

 

Five-Year Plan

Each state creates a 5-year plan for its programs to strengthen the efficiency, reach, and effectiveness of library services. Click here to read Texas's 5-year plan for 2013-2017 (PDF, 281KB). View all states' plans.

 

Five-Year Plan Highlights

Lifelong Learning

General Services and Initiatives

  • Ensure access to library services to build a strong foundation for early learning, success in school, and lifelong learning.

Literacy

  • Provide statewide use of the national Collaborative Summer Library Program.
  • Promote early childhood literacy and all programs that build reading in libraries.

Information Access

General Services and Initiatives

  • Provide statewide access to databases through the TexShare Program.
  • Provide access to Internet connected resources and services to meet community and personal goals, including the Public Library Interface Kit (Plinkit), a free, easy-to-use means of creating a library website.

Interlibrary Loans

  • Provide access to shared library resources to meet Texans’ learning and informational needs.
  • Continue the TexShare Card Program to enhance cardholders’ access to resources held at the participating institutions.
  • Support the interlibrary loan and courier services.

Digitization/Preservation

  • Ensure access to state and local history through digitization of resources from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Archives, and Information Services Division.

Economic and Employment Development

Job Seekers

  • Provide materials and services at the libraries that serve workforce development.
  • Collaborate with employment and economic development agencies, such as the Texas Workforce Commission, to generate programs that address workforce development.

Business Resources

  • Texans will enhance their businesses and entrepreneurial endeavors though use of materials and services at their libraries.

Institutional Capacity

Continuing Education

  • Offer continuing education and consulting for all types of libraries to enhance their ability to provide effective, responsive service for the public.
  • Provide staff training in the use of technology as new options become popular with patrons.

Technology

  • Promote the adoption of the EDGE Public Library Public Access Technology Benchmarks, a system that provides the tools for assessing current public access technology and using the assessment to guide improvements.
  • Assist libraries that want to apply for participation in the E-Rate program.
  • Provide technology consulting throughout the state.

Human Services

Special Services for Special Needs

  • Offer enhanced access to digital content for blind and visually handicapped patrons, including outreach and training, production of digital materials, and access to materials, such as Talking Books.

 

Five-Year Evaluation

At the end of a 5-year period, each state reports their results in achieving goals and objectives projected in their 5-Year Plan. Click here to read Texas's 5-year evaluation for 2008-2012 (PDF, 1,257KB). View all states' evaluations.

 

IMLS Data Collection

State Library Survey
The State Library Agency Survey (SLAA) provides descriptive data about state library agencies for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Public Library Survey
The Public Library Survey (PLS) provides national descriptive data on the status of public libraries in the United States and its territories. Data are collected from over 9,000 public library systems with over 17,000 public library outlets. Click here for Texas's profile from the most recent PLS publication (PDF, 374KB).