2016 Programs, Partnerships, Events and Community Engagement Opportunities and Agency Accomplishments

Texas Authors’ Summit: Working in collaboration with the Texas Book Festival, TSLAC and the Center for the Book brought together Texas authors in celebration of Texas storytelling. This new event highlighted the work of authors using Texas historical records as the basis for their books.

Literacy on the Capitol Grounds: Continuing the annual tradition, the Commission once again partnered with the Texas Book Festival event held on the grounds of the State Capitol.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to expand library engagement with local Adult Education and Literacy providers.

Summer Lunch at the Library extends the US Summer Food Service Program to Texas libraries. Through a partnership between TSLAC and the Department of Agriculture, many Texas libraries provide nourishment to children, educate their minds, and support success in school and beyond.

Reach Out and Read, a program of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC), encourages a love of books and reading. TSLAC is partnering with UTHSC to support preschool children in school readiness. Working together, the organizations encourage Texas public libraries and Reach Out and Read programs to work together to promote early literacy development.

School Library Standards: The Commission is partnering with the Texas Education Agency and the library community to redesign the Standards for School Libraries, an essential policy and planning framework to ensure that Texas school children benefit from world-class school library service.

Governor Greg Abbott declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 as Power Up at Your Library Day, and the agency worked with libraries statewide to highlight the role of libraries in education, workforce development, community engagement, and lifelong learning.

Little Free Libraries: The Texas Center for the Book and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, partnered with Little Free Library founder, Todd H. Bol, to distribute more than 50 little free libraries across the Lone Star State. The national nonprofit toured Texas to promote a love of reading and community through free book exchanges with Little Free Library building workshops in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Plano.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, along with 22 other Central Texas archival repositories, joined forces at the Austin Archives Bazaar on October 16 to offer the local community an opportunity to discover the photographs, documents, films, maps, video games, and more held in the incredible archival collections in Austin and Central Texas.

In October 2016, Texas joined archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage.

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) working in collaboration with TSLAC announced recipients of the inaugural THRAB Archival Awards for 2016:

  • Malinda Allison is the recipient in the individual category of the award for her work in digitizing, preserving, and making accessible the historical records of Honey Grove, TX and Fannin County.
  • The West Texas Collection at Angelo State University receives the institutional award for its Vietnam Veteran’s Commemoration Project.

 Legacy automation upgrades – We completed two of three planned legacy upgrades. The first was to implement the Centralized Accounting and Payroll Processing (CAPPS) system for Human Resources functions of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. This system will result in greater efficiency and make our operations consistent with those of other state agencies. The second was to update our grants management system used to manage the application, award, and reporting of TSLAC competitive and non-competitive grants, saving many hours of staff time both at TSLAC and local libraries statewide. The third project was the upgrade of our Talking Book Program automation system, which despite the hard work of our staff, was halted for technical reasons in March. However, even that restart will eventually result in a more efficient and streamline system when finally implemented in a few months.


Exhibits, Events, and Acquisitions

Exhibit—Setting Up Camp: The Early History of Texas State Parks: This tour of the early history of Texas state parks, first established by Governor Pat Neff in 1923, helped visitors gain a better understanding of the state’s natural resources though hand-drawn park blueprints, vintage tourism guides, period promotional photographs, and more compiled from the collection at the Texas State Archives.

Event—Cynthia Brandimarte, author of Texas State Parks and the CCC: The Legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps, discussed the history of Texas state parks and provided an additional learning experience in conjunction with Commission’s lobby exhibit.

Exhibit—Wish You Were Here featured postcards, photographs, and documents. The exhibit explored Texas tourism by region, highlighting attractive locales and destinations. From the arid lands of West Texas to the beaches on the Gulf Coast and everything in between, the collections from the State Archives show that Texas has plenty to offer the wayward traveler.

Event—Richard Eisenhour, historian and postcard collector, presented an informative and entertaining account of the history of the postcard and shared postcard images from his own collection.

Event —Postcard collector, writer, and lay historian Ken Wilson explored the resulting narratives captured in photographic postcards from the minutiae of daily life, to disasters, to occasional mysteries in this presentation entitled, “In Their Own Words: The Messages of Early 20th Century Real Photo Postcards.”

Event—Dr. Jesus Frank de la Teja and Manuel González Oropeza presented “Proceedings of the Constituent Congress of Coahuila and Texas.” TSLAC hosted this event with the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University and the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society.

Event— Lone Star Día: Libraries statewide celebrated the 20th anniversary of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). The agency and the Center for the Book partnered with Zach Theater in Austin for a special performance of Tomás and the Library Lady featuring a special presentation and book signing by Día Founder and author of Tomás and the Library Lady, Pat Mora.



The Commission’s acquisition of the records of Governor Rick Perry includes the archival policy files, appointments, correspondence, press releases, speeches, executive orders and memoranda documenting key policy issues pertaining to the Governor’s initiatives on economic development, education, and workforce investment.

Texas Senate Recordings: TSLAC completed the major public access project of opening access to the digitized recordings of Senate chamber proceedings 1972-2006.


Educational Community Engagement and Training

Professional Development and Support for Librarians: Professional resources for continuing education and training are among the most valued services of the agency. The agency’s Library and Networking Division offers access to scores of webinars, tutorials, demonstrations, and in-person training opportunities every year.

Call-in Book Club Series for Talking Book Program Participants: Designed for patrons of the TBP, this easy to access program allows patrons to share their reading experiences with others across the state. This service allows individuals with visual or physical challenges who cannot read standard print to share the joy of reading.

Talking Book Program Training: With webinars and other online resources, the TBP offers specialized training to librarians and other stakeholders who serve TBP patrons as well as the patrons themselves who need extra assistance with the technology and resources associated with using the service.

Texas Summer Reading Club :The longstanding program promotes reading to students over the summer months and has long been praised as an important resource for preventing the “summer slide” of reading skills. The campaign centers around a statewide membership for public libraries in the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The Texas State Library provides a basic starter kit of materials including a program manual, clip art, and a themed CSLP catalog to each of Texas’ qualified participating public libraries.

Día de los niños/Día de los libros is a national celebration of diversity and literature. TSLAC works with libraries across the state to celebrate this program held at the end of April each year. In 2016, Texas Center for the Book coined the term Lone Star Día for Texas to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Día, and encouraged statewide participation. Agency staff and the Texas Center for the Book created materials and plans for libraries across the state to participate in Lone Star Día.

State and Local Records Continuing Education and Training: SLRM provides foundational records management training to state agencies and local governments. Face-to-face and online sessions are designed to help agency heads, elected officials, records management officers and other staff establish and administer efficient records management programs.

Letters About Literature Contest: The Texas Center for Book launched a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. The program is under the direction of the Library of Congress and offers a channel for students to personalize their reading experience by writing to their favorite book’s author. State winners are selected who then compete at the national level.

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