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School Library April Newsletter

School Library News and Updates from the Library Development & Networking Division
April 2015

Len Bryan, School Program Coordinator



Standards and Guidelines Revision

The outpouring of support and volunteers for the Standards and Guidelines Steering Committee has been overwhelming, and we are impressed with the amazing experience our Texas School Librarian Community brings to the table! Our steering committee will move the update and revision process forward, and I hope to meet with TEA very soon to jointly appoint the members of this important committee.

Please join us at TLA in Austin for a Standards and Guidelines project update - I'll be presenting on Thursday, April 16 at 3:00.


TexQuest Sessions at TLA

In addition to the Standards and Guidelines, I am also excited to present a TexQuest program update, which will include a statewide view on our program's progress, exciting TexQuest stories from around the state, and some ideas you can take back to further integrate and promote TexQuest (or ANY school library program or service) on your campus. I'll present this session on Thursday, April 16 at 2:00.

On Wednesday at 4:00, our educational partner ESC20 is presenting "The Choice", Push the Button for TexQuest Collaboration in Elementary Schools: Have fun with the TexQuest team as they “audition” ideas for  promoting online resources before a panel of elementary school “judges.” Will  innovative approaches make them “turn their chairs?” Take away imaginative  marketing ideas for engaging teachers on your campus.

On Friday, we'll present "The Choice" for secondary librarians! This session will be at 11:00.

Be sure to visit our friends ESC20 at their TLA booth to get this limited-edition sticker for your conference badge. Show your TexQuest pride at TLA!

TexQuest Usage Statistics

We have been working hard on the ChalkDUST application to help you access your school or district's TexQuest statistics, and we hope to have it available soon. I will be emailing the spring TPS (TexQuest Participation Summary) report in mid-May that will include your district's usage statistics for June - April, your invoice amount for January 2016, and new features that can be found in TexQuest resources. TPS Reports will be emailed to the person who signed your district up for TexQuest. If you need your invoice amount for next year's budget planning, your 2014 enrollment is now available on AskTED Remember, the January 2016 invoice will be for 22 cents per student for your entire district, based upon the 2014 enrollment number reported there.

These districts have the highest levels of per student TexQuest usage so far (June 2014 - March 2015): Region 1: San Perlita ISD, San Benito ISD, and Rio Grande City ISD. Region 2: Aransas County ISD, Port Aransas ISD, and Calallen ISD. Region 3: Refugio ISD, Boling ISD, and Bloomington ISD. Region 4: Needville ISD, Deer Park ISD, and Spring Branch ISD. Region 5: Buna ISD, Little Cypress-Mauriceville ISD, and High Island ISD. Region 6: Caldwell ISD, Brazos ISD, and College Station ISD. Region 7: UT Tyler Innovation Academy, Carlisle ISD, and Whitehouse ISD. Region 8: Paris ISD, Pleasant Grove ISD, and Mount Vernon ISD. Region 9: City View ISD, Northside ISD, and Seymour ISD. Region 10: Highland Park ISD, Palmer ISD, and Red Oak ISD. Region 11: Granbury ISD, Stephenville ISD, and Springtown ISD. Region 12: Goldthwaite ISD, Connally ISD, and Abbott ISD. Region 13: Fayetteville ISD, Leander ISD, and University of Texas University Charter School. Region 14: Hermleigh ISD, Jim Ned CISD, and Colorado ISD. Region 15: Bronte ISD, Paint Rock ISD, and San Saba ISD. Region 16: Perryton ISD, Farwell ISD, and Wellington ISD. Region 17: Sands CISD, Whiteface CISD, and Ralls ISD. Region 18: Buena Vista ISD, San Vicente ISD, and Marfa ISD. Region 19: Ysleta ISD, Socorro ISD, and Anthony ISD. Region 20: Edgewood ISD, John H Wood Jr Charter School, and La Vernia ISD.

Please join me in congratulating these districts on leading their Regions in per student TexQuest usage. Visit to learn how to boost your district's TexQuest usage!


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