TSLAC just released the Public Library Annual Report Form for fiscal year 2011.  Completing the annual report is important for maintaining your library's accreditation. 

With the recent budget changes, we have heard some librarians questioning the value of completing the report. NTLP encourages all Texas Public Libraries to complete the annual report, both for the sake of staying accredited and in order to add to the growing body of statistics that relate public library usage to community economic trends.

From Paul Waak: Why Do We Have Annual Library Statistics?  The federal government has been collecting library statistics since 1994, and in a few more years there will be enough data to prove trends that show the economic value of a good library in the community.  It is important to continue providing the statistics so that there can be sound statistical proof that libraries matter.  Read more ...

From Carolyn Brewer:  Is Accreditation Really Important for Public Libraries?  The purpose of accreditation is to set standards for quality library services.  Your city, county, and state funders need a way to see that the local public library is an establishment which meets recognized standards for services to the community. Read more ...