TSLAC's Inclement Weather Procedures and Resources
Procedures - Austin facilities
During hazardous weather conditions, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Austin facilities, which include the State Records Center and the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, will close if the Austin Independent School District (AISD) has closed schools.
This applies to delayed openings as well. For example, if AISD has a scheduled delayed opening of 10 am, TSLAC’s Austin facilities will open at 10 am.
When inclement weather prompts the agency to close during periods that the school district is closed for regular school holidays, (e.g. Christmas, Spring Break), notifications will be placed on the home page of our website, Twitter and Facebook pages. In all cases, voice mail notifications regarding closure or delayed opening will be placed on the Human Resources main number at 512-463-5474 and the main Reference number at 512-463-5455.
Procedures - Liberty facilities
Similar procedures apply to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. If hazardous conditions in that area prompt the closing or delayed opening of Liberty Independent School District, the Sam Houston Center will follow suit. The local radio station, KSHN 99.9 FM will also be notified. However, please note that it may not always be possible for staff to change the voice mail message at the center during dangerous weather conditions.
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Emergency Management - Disaster recovery resources for libraries, archives and cultural institutions
Libraries are never more needed than in times of crisis, and it is in times of crisis that we demonstrate why we are considered essential services. Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Lawson wrote to us after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 to report on the status of damage to her libraries. Dr. Lawson made the following wonderful observation:
“As you know, for so many people libraries are a vital lifeline. We recognize that during catastrophic times libraries are even more essential as people need a trusted familiar anchor and touchstone in the community to remind them that everything will be all right again. But most all—our mission right now is to restore the joy in the eyes of children and adults who have seen so much destruction, and experienced so much fear and uncertainty.”
TSLAC will continue to work with federal, state and local organizations to find ways to assist libraries and archives as they struggle with the aftermath of weather-related emergencies.