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School Library News and Updates from the Library Development & Networking Division
January 2016

Len Bryan, School Program Coordinator



New TexQuest Resource Trials Now Ready

We have received bids for new TexQuest content, including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), and for Nonfiction and Reference eBooks. Now it's your turn to test these resources out and let us know what you think. Please visit the K-12 Page on the State Library website and follow the links to the resource trials and new resources survey.

TexQuest Invoices for FY 2016

We have been reworking our invoices for the new Fiscal Year, and I apologize for any inconvenience the delays might have caused. Look for the invoices to arrive via email on Friday, January 15. Please let me or the TexQuest Support Center know if your district's contact information has changed.

Texas State School Library Standards

The steering committee in charge of revising the Texas School Library Standards has been working hard to learn about what other states, the US, and other nations' school library standards, and we are incorporating what we have learned into the process for revising ours.

We are also in the process of forming subcommittees to help in the work of rewriting the standards and supporting documents.

In addition, we are planning a booth at the TLA conference as well as elementary and secondary librarian focus groups. Stay tuned for more information about TLA and how you can be involved in revising YOUR Standards in the next few weeks.



The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced the 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The Leadership grants program invests in projects that address challenges faced by the library field, and generates results such as new tools, research findings, or models that can be widely used by libraries. Laura Bush grants support human capital capacity projects for libraries and archives.

Both grant programs are open to all types of libraries, including schools and school districts. Two-page, preliminary proposals are due February 2, 2016.  Selected applicants will then be invited to submit full proposals in June, 2016.

Get all the details, including eligibility requirements and application instructions online:

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

IMLS staff members listed on the grant program pages above are available by phone and email to discuss general issues relating to the programs. An informational webinar will be held on Thursday, January 14, at 1 PM Central. For more information about the webinars, please visit the IMLS Webinar webpage.


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