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   Austin, TX    Gov. Perry Reappoints Two Agency Commissioners   

Governor Rick Perry has reappointed Michael Cooper Waters of Dallas and Wm. Scott McAfee of Driftwood to the seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Mr. Waters continues as chair of the commission, a position he assumed March 2012. Both Mr. Waters and Mr. McAfee have served since 2008, and their new terms expire September 2019.

   Austin, TX    TSLAC’s Next Genealogy After Dark Program to Bring Together Libraries and Resources Across Texas   

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) invites the public to register for its upcoming Genealogy After Dark program, Friday, October 18, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

   Austin, TX    BARD Mobile App Now Available for Texas Talking Book Patrons   

Patrons of TSLAC’s Talking Book Program (TBP), a free library service for Texans of all ages unable to read standard print material, can now enjoy their talking books on the go.

   Austin, TX    Get to Know Mark Smith in 10 Questions   

Last month the seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian. Though Mr. Smith’s tenure begins November 1, we reached out to him recently with 10 questions that address his background, perspective, priorities, and even his knowledge of Texas history. We look forward to getting to know more about Mr.

   Austin, TX    TSLAC Awards $1.6 Million in Texas Library Grants for FY2014   

A project to engage middle school youth through an after-school “makerspace” and a plan to preserve an extensive film festival video and audio collection are among the dazzling array of proposals approved recently by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Agency commissioners approved 70 library grant awards totaling $1.6 million for numerous Texas libraries, institutions of higher education, and related nonprofit organizations.

   Austin, TX    Texas State Library and Archives Commission Selects New Agency Executive   

The seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission today unanimously selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian. 

Mark Smith currently serves as the Vice President of West Coast Operations for Library Systems and Services (LSSI) of Germantown, Maryland, and oversees all LSSI contracts for California and Oregon. He has been with LSSI since September 1999.

   Austin, TX    TSLAC Selects Finalists for Agency Executive   

The seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission has selected three finalists for the position of Director and Librarian. On August 29, 2013, the commission will hold a public meeting and reception to provide an opportunity for the public to meet the finalists.

   Austin, TX    TSLAC Welcomes New Members to TexShare Advisory Board   

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission welcomes new members to its TexShare Advisory Board, which advises the commission on matters relating to the consortium of Texas libraries known as TexShare. The consortium shares print and electronic materials, purchases online resources, and combines staff expertise. The new TexShare board members are:

   Austin, TX    TSLAC Welcomes New and Returning Members to Library Systems Act Advisory Board   

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission welcomes one new and one returning member to its Library Systems Act Advisory Board, which advises the commission on any matter related to the Texas Library Systems Act, including recommending changes in the "Rules for Administering the Library Systems Act," and recommendations regarding public libraries that appeal loss of accreditation.

   Austin, TX    State Archives Reports Progress on Preserving Early Texas Supreme Court Case Files   

Disputes over land and slaves in pre-Civil War Texas are among the courtroom conflicts recorded in the 19th century case files of the Texas Supreme Court. These records capture not only state legal history, but also social and cultural life during the Republic and early statehood years.

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