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School Library September Newsletter

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

Len Bryan, School Program Coordinator



Welcome New TSLAC Staff!

We are excited to have Ann Griffith join the Library Development and Networking team here at the State Library. Ann will be working closely and collaborating with both TexShare and TexQuest. She will coordinate and evaluate the agency’s electronic information programs, administer digital information products contracts for the TexQuest program, and coordinate K12 electronic services needs with the TexShare program, regional resource sharing programs, and other division programs.
Ann will be taking over several duties within the TexQuest program, including managing resource contracts, monthly statistics, ChalkDUST, and many others. Please join me in welcoming Ann to the Agency!


Progress on Standards and Guidelines

I am excited that we have received the Texas Education Agency and State Board of Education's blessings on our list of nominees for the steering committee to revise the 2005 Standards and Guidelines for school libraries. I have contacted each of the professionals we have chosen for the steering committee, and as soon as I have their confirmation that they have agreed to serve, I will make the list public with a big announcement on the tlc listserv and Twitter.
If you expressed an interest in serving on the steering committee and were not contacted by me last week, please know that selecting the members of the committee was a difficult task, made even more difficult by the impressive caliber of library professionals who applied. I am honored to call you my colleagues, and I know you will continue to be a strong voice as we move forward in defining what we want our school libraries to be.


TexQuest Usage on ChalkDUST

Your district, campus, region, and county the usage statistics are now available through the State Library's ChalkDUST application, found at
We collect and report three COUNTER 4 Measures: Regular Searches, Result Clicks, and Record Views. For more on these measures, see the COUNTER website.
I am working on three videos that will provide ideas for using statistics at the campus, district, and regional/county levels. Look for those videos on the K-12 page soon!

The Texas State Library is YOUR Library!

Did you know we have a Library Science Collection? These professional resources are available for the Texas library community. Search the library catalog of the State Library and two other Texas state agencies, and find information about the Library Science Collection including hours, location, services, and a listing of subscriptions to journal titles in library and information science.
I know many districts and schools cannot afford expensive professional books and journals, so please borrow ours! Check out our resource guide on Makerspaces and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) professional books!

As always, please let me know if you need anything at all!




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