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Funding for TexShare Libraries to Go Mobile!

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The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has announced second round funding opportunities for TexShare Libraries to Go Mobile. Intent forms are due by July 31, 2013.

Project Goal: To ensure that member libraries have a mobile presence useful to, and used by, their customers.

Purpose of Funding Program: TSLAC will support Texas libraries or library consortia interested in building or expanding their mobile presence through mobile accessible library catalogs, mobile accessible library web sites, and/or mobile apps. This can include design changes to existing site/catalogs or complete alternatives specifically made for the mobile environment.

TSLAC has assisted over 50 libraries enhance their mobile presence this year. Examples include:

• Mobile users can send research articles and other documents to library printers from their mobile devices.
• Students and faculty can view videoed lectures and presentations via the library’s mobile app
• Library users can access a mobile-friendly library catalog module
• Library users can access a mobile-friendly library website, including program calendar
• Library users can use QR codes printed in community publications to connect to library events or services.
• Library staff have access to mobile devices to test the new mobile technologies and to help patrons with them.

Funding available for FY2014 (September 2013 – September 2014)

TSLAC is offering subsidies ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 (depending upon library type and size). Intent forms are available at the program website.

Round 2 Timeline:
June 24, 2013: Library Intent forms available on TSLAC website. July 31, 2013: Last day to submit an Intent form. August 31, 2013: Last date to submit a Round 2 Project Summary Form. October 1, 2013: If project includes a subscription, latest start date for full 12-month funding. September 30, 2014: Projects completed; All items must be delivered; Subscription funding concludes Fall 2014: Project reports due.

Questions can be addressed to Beverley Shirley at texshare@tsl.state.tx.us or by phone to 800-252-9386.

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