Jennifer Peters has been appointed Director of the Library Development and Networking Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Peters will assume her position as division director upon the retirement of Deborah Littrell on September 1. Peters is an experienced innovator who has worked on increasing the capacity of libraries to meet public needs and to be at the center of engagement, learning, and opportunity.
In observance of the 100th Anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War 1, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has digitized a series of collections featuring archival holdings from the First World War through the Texas Digital Archive.
The Frank S. Tillman Collection
The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) seeks submissions for its Archival Award of Excellence, an honor granted to archival institutions and individuals in Texas who have made significant achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format.
THRAB is accepting nominations through September 15th, 2017 and will announce the recipients in October during Texas Archives Month. The award is funded by a 2017 State Programming Board grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will receive a special legislative appropriation of one million dollars to bring high-speed internet connections to Texas communities via public libraries. The funds will allow TSLAC to facilitate local public library access to federal discounts that will make broadband connections affordable. The request was funded as part of the agency’s 2018-2019 legislative appropriation.
The Texas Center for the Book is seeking non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas, qualifying organizations must be nominated by September 1, 2017.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has started renovation of the 1,900 square foot museum exhibit space at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. Staff from the Center must carefully transport delicate historical artifacts and remove exhibit cases in preparation for the extensive remodeling project.
This April, Texans celebrate 21 years of Día de los Niño’s, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day): a celebration of children, culture and literature. Texas Center for the Book coined the term Lone Star Día for Texas and encouraged statewide participation. Nationally, libraries, schools, churches and organizations are encouraged to discover “bookjoy” year-round and most events occur around Día’s birthday on April 30th.
Nine students have won the Texas round of the 2017 Letters About Literature Competition, sponsored in part by the Texas Center for the Book. This national reading and writing program, initiated by the Library of Congress, gives 4th-12th graders a chance to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book has affected their lives. Nationally, close to 40,000 students wrote letters and since 1997 more than a million students have participated.