Monday, December 17, 2007

Feedback Needed Re: Term Contract - Class 525 - Library and Archival Equipment, Machines and Supplies

The Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS) office currently is evaluating the types of items covered under a state contract for "Library and Archival Equipment, Machines, and Supplies" that is planning to be bid in 2008.

Below is a list of the types of equipment, machines, and supplies that were covered under the previous contract that has expired. They are looking for feedback on what current items are utilized by libraries in these categories. Preferably by Friday, January 18th, 2008, please send any suggestions for possible items to be included to:

Chris Jowaisas
Administrator, Library System Grants & TANG
Library Development Division
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
512.936.2236 - 512.463.8800 (fax)
800.252.9386 (in Texas)

Please provide as much detail as is possible on each of the items, including the sub-class you think it would go in under the contract. Chris will compile the information and send it off to the TPASS staff.



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Item Number and Commodity Descriptions

05 Archival Storage Materials (Acid Free): Document Cases, Envelopes, File Folders, etc.

10 Binders, Covers, Jackets, Protectors, Sticks, etc. (For Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Pamphlets, Photographs, etc.)

20 Book Cards, Date Slips, Pockets, Protectors, etc.

25 Book Ends, Holders, Supports, etc.

30 Book Mending, Rebinding, and Repairing Supplies (See 590-68 for Binding Tape for Sewing Purposes)

40 Book Security Systems, Equipment, and Supplies

50 Books, Accession

55 Daters, Pencil and Band Type; and Supplies

60 Library Catalog Cards and Accessories: Cards, Guides, Protectors, Sorters, Trays, etc.

65 Library Forms, All Kinds: Circulation Record, Continuous, Strip, etc.

70 Library Labeling Supplies: Labels, Letters, Signals, etc.

75 Library Machines: Card Duplicators, Card Master Machines, Charging Machines, Pasting Machines, etc.

80 Library Supplies, Miscellaneous

95 Recycled Library Books, Equipment and Supplies

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

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Monday, December 03, 2007

Time to Apply for The Big Read

Washington, DC-The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), announces the fourth deadline for the Big Read program. The purpose of the Big Read is to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture. Grants ranging from $5,000 th $20,000 are available to encourage local communities to inspire reading through the Big Read program. This will be the only application deadline in 2008.

The Request for Proposals can be downloaded at Big Read. The proposal deadline is February 12, 2008. Questions should be directed to Arts Midwest at 612/341-0755 or