TSLAC 2018 Accomplishments

TSLAC Staff from all locations gathered together for the first-ever all-staff training on March 9, 2018.

Every year this time I like to take a moment to review what our agency has accomplished over the last year. It is important for every organization to occasionally pause and reflect on its successes and major projects. The following is not an exhaustive list of all work done by TSLAC, but features highlights from the year. And other than the few general items at the top, it is arranged by the operational goals contained in our strategic plan.

Many thanks to our commission for their support and guidance, to our amazing staff for their tireless work in providing Texans with the information they need to lead informed and productive lives, and to our stakeholders across the state who use our services and advocate for our success.

2018 TSLAC Accomplishments


  • Successful outcome of our agency Sunset Review
  • Onboarding of three new commissioners: David Garza, Arthur Mann, and Darryl Tocker
  • TSLAC Strategic Plan and 2020-2021 LAR submitted
  • TSLAC Biennial Report completed

Goal 1: To articulate and advance the value of Texas libraries as essential to our communities and state

  • TexShare core database renewal
  • Completed with Lee+ a study of West Texas library systems
  • Adoption new K-12 School Library Standards and distribution to every district
  • Future of Rural Symposium livestream to Texas libraries
  • Library Technology Academy debut

Goal 2: To recruit and retain the knowledge-based workforce necessary to discharge the agency’s duties

  • Staff Development Day – First time all staff have come together for total agency training
  • Full staffing of the Information Technology Services Department
  • State Auditors Office adoption of TSLAC recommendation for new Records Analyst Series
  • Salary request included in 2020-2021 Legislative Appropriations Request
  • 40th Anniversary of the Talking Book Program Volunteer Recording Studio

Goal 3: To safeguard, preserve, and provide access to informational and historic assets

  • Sam Houston Center Museum remodel and launch
  • 30 Terabytes of information in the Texas Digital Archive
  • First two Fellowships in Texas History Research (a “scholar-in-residence” program) funded
  • Setting the Texas Table Exhibit launched
  • Archives a la Carte Exhibit launched
  • 2019 Report of Reports completed
  • Another successful E-Records Conference, November 16
  • Work begun on the historic buildings at the Sam Houston Center
  • Multi-year Texas Department of Transportation digital imaging project launched
  • Adoption of amendments to School District retention schedules
  • Proposed amendments to Juvenile Records schedules
  • Collaborated with the Department of Information Resources in completing the Texas Digital Storage Study

Goal 4: To acquire the technology necessary to effectively, securely, and efficiently manage agency resources

  • Go-live of our new TBP automation system, WebReads (replacing our last major legacy software system)
  • New Duplication on Demand system for TBP materials requests
  • Completion of the Information Resources Deployment Review (IRDR)
  • Implemented electronic packets for TSLAC commission meetings
  • Expansion of imaging technology in our State and Local Records Management program: rotary scanner, digital archive writer, Digitech software
  • Added wireless network to our Shoal Creek facility
  • Bandwidth increase for Sam Houston Center

Goal 5: To secure the state’s official records by addressing the immediate need for additional archival storage and provide for the growth of Texas records

  • Development of LAR request for additional storage space
  • Many meetings with Governor’s Office, LBB, TFC, and Texas Public Finance Authority and others
  • Sunset recommendation regarding TSLAC leadership role to curatorial storage space
  • Brought in 46,225 boxes; destroyed 37,288 boxes; remaining space about 30,000 boxes

Goal 6: To support efforts to ensure digital inclusion for Texas

  • Libraries Connecting Texas – Faster broadband in 84 Texas libraries (with a second round underway)
  • Partnership with Glasshouse Policy Institute to further Texas broadband policy
  • Successful conclusion of Toward Gigabit Libraries project

Goal 7: Continue to refine our response to the informational needs of the increasingly diverse Texas population

  • 59 competitive grant projects funded
  • Positive review of TBP following NLS site visit
  • Ten new Family Place libraries added
  • Provided books for Lone Star Día projects in 40 libraries
  • Prison library services pilot project
  • Letters about Literature with two Texas students achieving national recognition

It is TSLAC’s honor and privilege to serve the people of Texas. We look forward to another successful year in 2019. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing all of you in the New Year.


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