Power Up News


image Winner Announcement

Congratulations to our winner of the 3D Printer Powered Up Prize Pack! Stephanie Biggs from Milam Elementary in the Wichita Falls ISD pledged to power up her library and won the grand prize at the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Year One Review

The Powered Libraries campaign has completed its first year! View the campaign's Year One Review.

3D Printer Giveaway

Attendees of the 2017 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio will be eligible to win a Powered Up Prize Pack, including a FREE 3D Printer donated by PolyPrinter .

The prize package, valued at nearly $5,000, includes:

PolyPrinter 229
Owner's Kit
Staff Training
Warranty Services

Visit the Powered Libraries Information Kiosk near conference registration to enter to win. Entries will be limited to the conference attendees that pledge to participate in Power Up Week, October 1-7, 2017. Good luck!

NEW Branding Iron Award

The Texas Library Association Branding Iron Awards now feature a new category to offer a Power Up Award for the outstanding programs, promotions, outreach, and services incorporating the Powered Libraries/Power Up at Your Library campaign.

This new award will be given to a library that participated in our first-ever Power Up Day, held on September 15, 2016. Winners of all the Branding Iron Awards will be announced at Annual Conference on April 22, 2017.

The deadline to apply has already passed.

Announcing Power Up Week | October 1-7, 2017

Join the Powered Libraries campaign in celebrating Power Up Week October 1-7, 2017, a week where libraries across the state will showcase innovation and dynamic leadership. Last year, to great success, hundreds of libraries from around the state took part in Power Up at Your Library Day on September 15, 2016. Participants statewide responded by organizing events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities. Thanks last year’s positive feedback, we are expanding the Powered Up celebration to encompass an entire week. Save the date and start making plans now to incorporate Powered Up programs this October.

Help us demonstrate the campaign’s key messages:

• Libraries are essential to the creation and sharing of ideas in the community
• Libraries are forward-thinking, technology-driven institutions, more vital today than ever before
• What libraries do reflects a truly diverse field of information work, representative of the variety and scope of libraries in the state.

View the 2017 Power Up Toolkit for programming ideas and resources to help you celebrate Power Up Week!

Economic Value of Texas Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives recently released a report about the ROI of Texas libraries. According to their findings, communities see a return of investment of $4.64 for every dollar spent. Texas public libraries provide over $2.5 billion in economic value to their communities, strengthening the job market and providing a wealth of services and programs to improve people’s lives.

For more information and to view the full report, visit the TSLAC website .

Power Up Resources

In April 2016 at annual conference, the TLA PR + Marketing Committee launched the campaign “Ideas Powered: It’s What We Do” to showcase the innovation, leadership, and technology-centered work being generated in today’s libraries.

The resources on this website can be used all year long, and we hope that you will be inspired to expand the innovation happening at your location.

The 2017 Power Up Toolkit contains specific programming ideas that are ready to implement, and the Ideas Powered Toolkit provides you with additional resources to customize your marketing efforts.

Looking for ideas and inspiration for your library? Visit the Ideas Shared page, and consider submitting your own ideas to share with other libraries.

Follow the campaign and stories featuring other powered libraries through the campaign's social media hashtag #poweredlibraries.