TLA is working closley with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to ensure that the budget for critical programs including TexQuest and TexShare is not cut, and that additional requests to expand TexQuest, TexShare and broadband access via the E-Rate program are funded.
The TSLAC budget is submitted with two main parts: the request for the base budget (i.e., the funds needed to continue services and operations at current levels) and the request for exceptional items (i.e., additional funding for existing or new operations). The exceptional items list provides the means to secure additional support for programming. TLA supports the TSLAC budget request and all of the exceptional items. Our priority and focus will be on Item #2 to expand TexQuest and TexShare and on Item #5 to increase broadband access.
State Library’s Exceptional Items List
Item #1: $1.6 million to secure state data through computer and physical security
Item #2: $8.4 million to expand affordable e-resources in STEM areas for education and workforce readiness through TexQuest and TexShare (download PDF flyer and infographic)
Item #3: $500,000 for market adjustments necessary to recruit and retain personnell to deploy the state's mandated services
Item #4: $241,800 to hire two information analysts to help secure the public's access to state and local government records
Item #5: $1 million to increase broadband access in Texas communities by encouraging library participation in E-Rate discounts (download PDF flyer and infographic)