SCLRT Partners

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In keeping with Biblionix’s devotion to small- and medium-sized public libraries, we are offering one $500 travel stipend for attendance at the 2018 conference of The Texas Library Association (TLA) in Dallas, Texas. A committee designated by the TLA Small Community Library Round Table (SCLRT) will choose the recipient.

The 2017 Biblionix Stipend recipient is John Hayden, Bonham Public Library.

Eligibility requirements include: 

  • Library director or staff at a public library
  • Member of TLA and SCLRT

The funds can be used to cover the following conference expenses:

  • Conference Registration
  • Pre-conference workshop
  • Travel costs
  • Meal functions at the conference
  • Expenses (meals, cabs, etc.)
  • Cost of replacement staff if needed

Requirements include:

  • Volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours at the conference
    • 2 hours minimum at the SCLRT booth (arrange schedule with SCLRT)
    • 2 hours of your choosing
  • Attend pre-conferences, workshops, and/or sessions such that you attain a minimum of 8 CE credits
  • Attend the SCLRT business meeting
  • Attend the SCLRT dessert social
  • Complete a one-page summary of your experience, discussing highlights of what you did, what was most rewarding, and how this grant process could be improved. Send to the same address as the grant submittal by April 30, 2018.
  • Serve on the Biblionix TLA/SCRLT Stipend selection committee in 2019. 


  • Coverage (including recipient’s name, position, and library) on SCLRT, TLA, Texas Library Systems, and Biblionix communications.


  • March 02, 2018: The application must be received no later than 6:00pm on this date
  • March 16, 2018: Notification/Announcement of Recipient
  • March 30, 2018: Stipend check mailed to Recipient

The stipend application does not register you for the conference or make any other travel reservations. Attendees should register directly with the TLA, airline, hotel, etc.

To apply, complete the two-page APPLICATION and return it by email, if possible, or regular mail with required supporting document to:

Chico Public Library

Attn: Michelle Slonaker

P.O. Box 707

Chico, TX 76431


Phone: (940) 644-2330  

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Book Systems, founded and headquartered in high-tech Huntsville, Alabama, focuses on providing affordable library automation and asset tracking software that delivers more features and demands fewer technical and financial resources.


Book Systems is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Small Community Libraries Round Table Social. 

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The Texas Book Festival (TBF) was founded in 1995. Since then, it has been a part of the Texas Book Festival’s mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. Since 1996, the organization has donated more than $2.5 million to more than 600 libraries across Texas.

TBF Library Grants are given in three categories:

  • Technology Grants assist libraries in purchasing distance education equipment, upgrading internet connections, purchasing new or upgraded hardware and software for patrons’ use, or hiring IT consultants to assist in upgrading hardware, software, internet connections and security. This grant may also be used to provide training for patrons on specific software and to purchase or upgrade library check out systems. Technology grants are funded up to $5000.
  • Collection Enhancement Grants support libraries in replacing worn books and adding new books to the collection. They serve to upgrade or increase book collections, e-books, books on CD, and special collections in support of community needs. Collection Enhancement Grants are funded up to $2500.
  • Literacy Initiative Grants fund sustainable programs that increase literacy in the community. These programs can be targeted at a specific community or audience and can include funding for the materials required to support the literacy initiative. Literacy Initiative grants are funded up to $5000.

TBF raises funds to support these libraries through a variety of programs, events, and fundraising channels, including individual, corporate, and foundation grants and support.


The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement and to implement or continue innovative literacy and technology programs for our Texas public libraries. These grants greatly benefit the library and enable them to share the importance of literature with a wide variety of people in their community.


A library system may apply for up to four collections enhancement grants (with a maximum request per application). Please note, however, that only one collection enhancement grant application may be submitted per unique physical outlet. For example, a library system with a mail library and one branch may apply for up to two collection enhancement grants since the system has two physical outlets. A library with a single library facility (main outlet) may apply for only one.

Each library system regardless of the number of outlets may apply for one literacy grant and one technology grant (or either). So, any library system may apply for however many collection enhancement grants (up to a maximum of four) and a technology and/or literacy grant. The maximum number of application any library system may submit is six – four for collections (assuming there are four physical outlets), a technology grant, and a literacy grant.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2018-2019 grant cycle are now available and must be postmarked by February 2, 2018


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The Tocker Foundation was created  in 1964 to implement the philanthropic interests of Phillip and Olive Tocker. Phillip Tocker was a practicing attorney, but changed careers in his later years when he purchased the Waco outdoor advertising plant and later expanded to own outdoor advertising plants throughout the United States. His vocational career culminated to the position of President of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. After retiring to Austin Texas in 1973, Phillip and Olive Tocker actively pursued their avocations.

Phillip and Olive Tocker endowed the foundation with their estates in 1994 and 1993 respectively. After years of supporting a wide range of community-based causes, the foundation discovered a need in small, rural Texas libraries serving populations of 12,000 or less. In 1992 the foundation board decided to focus grant distributions in this way. The foundation partners with community libraries to meet the particular needs of the community.


Library Grants

Grant applications are evaluated twice a year by a permanent committee of the Texas Library Association. Applications are accepted year round with the cut-off deadlines of January 15th and June 1st.  Short extensions may be obtained by contacting the Foundation Office, phone or email preferred. Please browse our site to read about recent grant recipients.

New ~ Library Automation Upgrade Program

In the spring of 2013, the board of directors created a new program to assist libraries in upgrading their automation systems. To expedite these transitions, the Foundation will now accept applications year-round. Requests may only be for an automation system and any necessary items to support it. Projects addressing other areas of the library’s needs will not be considered when included in this request.

All grant applicants are encouraged to contact our Director of Grants Management, Karin Gerstenhaber, to discuss your project and provide a preliminary grant review.

Librarian Travel Stipends

The Tocker Foundation is proud to support the continuing education of our state’s rural librarians. This type of support is available for the two programs listed below. Applications are available via the links at the bottom of each program description or through our online application portal. See Guidelines and Applications page for the link.

Texas Library Association (TLA) Travel Stipend

The Tocker Foundation provides funds to the Texas Library Association to award stipends to persons in rural libraries across the state to attend the TLA Annual Conference. The 2017 TLA annual conference will be held in Houston April 19-22. Persons from libraries that serve a population of 12,000 or less qualify to apply for this grant. Staff directly involved in the day to day operation of the library are the primary focus of this grant. Stipends for 2017 have already been awarded. Please check back with us again next year.

Small Library Management Training Program

The Small Library Management Training is a program of the Texas State Library offering management skills to Texas librarians. The program is designed for non-MLS library directors of small community (25,000 or less population) libraries, however much of the content will apply to any non-MLS staff that are currently managers or are on a path to management.



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Vance Hunt Libraries worries about details. Library details like community support, collection divisions/counts, circulation numbers, aisle widths, table heights, upholstery, wood finish quality, colors, patron site lines, user engagement, staff maximization, and all the other Library specific considerations that inform a Library floor plan and the Library furnishings, shelving and equipment selection for Public Libraries, School and University Libraries, and Specialty Libraries who are moving, designing or redesigning their floor plan. Every plan must be tailored to the unique operation of your library.  We look forward to new ideas and challenges, and VHL planning and design is free.

 Vance Hunt Library Furnishings is a proud supporter of the annual Small Community Libraries Round Table Social.

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Created on Feb 28, 2011 | Last updated March 15, 2018