However, the 10 systems are extensions of the Texas State Library. To balance the state budget the Texas State Library was told they must revert back to their original purpose--to be an archive, nothing more.
So what is the future of public libraries in Texas, without the help and assistance of the systems? For the bigger public libraries, they already have a large talent base. But for the smaller & isolated libraries, they are to be left on their own. They will struggle, they may eventually close or be stripped bare of usefulness. For many communities, a public library is a benchmark of success, of local pride.
Can we survive without the regional systems? Maybe. But it's not going to be pretty.