Texas libraries recovering from Hurricane Harvey are about to receive 100 new books to help them rebuild their collections. Thanks to the generosity of the Brownstone Book Fund of New York, 83 libraries affected by the storm will be able to offer community residents new reading selections for children.
The Brownstone Book Fund reached out to Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to determine the best way of reaching the many libraries in the state dealing with Harvey and its aftermath.
In response to Hurricane Harvey, and acting under emergency procedures issued by the Governor’s Office, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission released the Rebuilding Texas Libraries grant program on September 18, 2017. The Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grant was designed to aid libraries that sustained damage during the hurricane and its aftermath. The goal was to assist Texas libraries in restoring services and programs to their patrons and to enable libraries to respond directly to the disaster.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce the first Research Fellowship in Texas History Award. The fellowship is granted for the best research proposal utilizing collections of the State Archives in Austin. The fellowship includes a $2,000 stipend.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission joins archival and records organizations across the country in recognizing the importance of managing and preserving personal and government electronic records. What is at stake? According to one report, the estimated amount of data in the digital universe is 2.7 zettabytes (that’s 2.7 trillion gigabytes). Unlike traditional paper records, electronic records are far more difficult to preserve over the long term.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission partnered with the Library of Congress to produce an instructional video to encourage students in grades 4-12 to enter the Letters About Literature Reading and Writing Contest. The video resource will be used by educators and parents to help students better understand the details behand the national literature competition.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Guidelines will be released September 18 on the TSLAC website, tsl.texas.gov/rebuilding-texas-libraries.
Austin, Texas – As the Lone Star State begins to deal with the catastrophic destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Library Association (TLA) and Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) are working together to coordinate a response and provide assistance to the library community.
The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center will remain closed this week (Monday-Saturday) as staff from the The Texas State Library and Archives Commission assess the status of the property following the recent hurricane. More information about closures and future openings can be found by visiting tsl.texas.gov.