TLACast Newsletter
Library News
December 2017
Volume. 36 No. 7
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Draft Texas School Library Standards & Guidelines Posted for Public Comment
The Texas School Library Standards Steering Committee and Subcommittees have been hard at work updating the School Library Standards and Guidelines for Texas.

After two years of work, the draft document was approved by the Texas Education Agency State Board of Educator Certification, and passed the Texas State Library and Archives Commission workshop session. It was posted in the Texas Register for public comment. We invite you to view these documents and submit any comments to Jennifer Peters at TSLAC by December 24. The standards will be considered, and hopefully approved, by Texas State Library and Archives Commission at their February 2018 meeting.

The Steering Committee will begin work on a crosswalk to the new AASL Standards once we have an approved document. We would like to thank our Steering Committee and Subcommittee members for their hard work on this project. It would not have been possible without their valiant efforts.

Texas Book Festival Grant Applications Due February 2
The Texas Book Festival (TBF) awards grant to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities. TBF is now accepting Library Grant applications for the 2018 grant cycle. Application deadline is February 2, 2018. Visit the TBF website for more information and the online application.

2018 Loleta D. Fyan Grant Now Accepting Proposals
The American Library Association's Office for Research and Statistics is now accepting applications for the Loleta D. Fyan Grant, a grant for up to $5,000 for the improvement of public libraries and the services they provide.

The grant is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should:

Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the ALA; library schools; or individuals. Deadline for submissions, sent via email, is January 12, 2018. Find more information about the grant, how to submit proposals, and requirements of the recipient(s) here.

• Result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
• Have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
• Be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
• Be capable of completion within one year.

Donna Kearley and Sonja Schulz, chairs
Liz Philippi, school program coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Powered Libraries Gears Up for an Exciting 2018
The TLA PR & Marketing committee has exciting plans for year three of the Powered Library campaign. On January 9, Powered Libraries will present a keynote titled The Power of Libraries, Partnership, and Place at the ReThink It Conference in Austin. A month later on February 10, the Powered Libraries: 7 Success Stories documentary will have its world premiere at ALA Midwinter in Denver.

The Power UP Award is the newest of nine categories in the TLA Branding Iron Awards. Programs incorporating the Powered Libraries/Power Up at Your Library campaign are encouraged to submit their entries by the February 15 deadline.

Powered Libraries will also have a kiosk at the 2018 TLA Annual Conference in Dallas, so be sure to stop by and learn more about giveaways, the campaign, and how you can be involved. Visit for more information and upcoming events.