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:
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.
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.
Scenes of 19th century construction and 20th century renovation, of the famous Sunset Red granite giving rise to the seat and symbol of Texas government are the focus of Views of the Capitol: 125 Years in the Making, a new photographic exhibit organized jointly by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, along with libraries across the state, was recently invited to participate in the Edge Initiative, a management and leadership tool that looks at the digital and technology resources libraries provide to communities. In June Texas became one of the first states to use Edge, which provides powerful new strategies and tools to help libraries advocate for continued and expanded public access technology services.
A hub of Southeast Texas history for the past 36 years, the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center will receive $1 million in state funds to address critical safety and security needs at its 114-acre complex in Liberty, Texas.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is joining with the Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2) to celebrate the second annual Broadband Across Texas Week, June 23-29. This week aims to help Texans gain valuable digital literacy skills and learn about free computer and Internet access at local public computer centers across the state. The theme is “Learn. Click. Do.”
The records of seven Civil War and Reconstruction-era Texas governors will be better preserved and made more accessible to researchers, thanks to a generous donation to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. These records capture the leadership of the state’s chief executive during a very tumultuous period in both American and Texas history.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has approved the fees associated with storing non-current state records at the agency’s State Records Center in Austin. Effective September 1, 2013, the fees apply to state and local government agencies that choose to take advantage of the center’s various, cost-effective storage services. In fact, the service used by most agencies, storing non-current paper records, will experience a fee decrease come September.
The Texas State Archives has unveiled a new exhibit featuring rediscovered papers of the Republic of Texas Legation to the United States. This is a unique collection of documents that captures the pressing diplomatic activities of the short-lived Republic as it grappled with boundary issues, relations with Mexico, and the strenuous path to statehood in Washington, D.C.