Texas State Library and Archives Commission
February 10-11, 2014


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission met in Strategic Planning Sessions on Monday, February 10, 2014, and Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, Texas.

Commissioners Present:

Michael C. Waters, chairman

Sharon T. Carr, vice chairman

Martha Doty Freeman

F. Lynwood Givens

Larry G. Holt

Wm. Scott McAfee

Sandra J. Pickett

Staff Present:

Mark Smith, director and librarian

Edward Seidenberg, assistant state librarian

Jelain Chubb, director, Archives and Information Services

Craig Kelso, director, State and Local Records Management

Deborah Littrell, director, Library Development and Networking

Donna Osborne, director, Administrative Services Division

Ava Smith, director, Talking Book Program

Cesar Garza, communications officer

Tracy Kuhn Lash, executive assistant


Gloria Meraz, Texas Library Association

Rebekah Balciunas, Legilative Budget Board

Alysia Cook, Opportunities Strategies, LLC


Chairman Waters called the meeting to order at 1:13 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2014. He welcomed everyone to the session noting the sessions’ purpose to develop priorities for the Agency Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2019. He invited all commissioners, staff and guests in attendance to participate. Chairman Waters introduced Alysia Cook, the session facilitator, who led discussions on a wide variety of program and policy issues related to the goals, objectives and strategic directions for funding and service delivery of agency programs. The meeting was held as an open-forum, strategic planning session in which commissioners and staff discussed issues of mutual interest and concerns.

Chairman Waters recessed the meeting at 5:07 p.m., reconvened the meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 11, 2014, and turned the meeting over to Alysia Cook who led the group through consensus building discussions to define broad goals for the Agency Strategic Plan. The following are the seven goals agreed upon by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

  • To articulate and facilitate a future vision of Texas libraries as central to the informational, economic, and technological needs of their communities
  • To establish, manage and maintain a State electronic records/archives program
  • To develop and promote a robust outreach to current and potential constituencies through awareness, training and collaboration
  • To position the agency to recruit and retain the knowledge-based workforce necessary to discharge the duties of the Agency
  • To acquire the technology necessary to effectively and efficiently manage Agency resources
  • To ensure the adequacy of space and security for archival and records storage
  • To safeguard, preserve and provide access to the assets of the Sam Houston Center

The commission directed staff to develop these goals into specific objectives and strategies for implementation, in the agency’s Legislative Appropriations Request for the next biennium.

Chairman Waters adjourned the meeting at 1:07 p.m.


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