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.
After months of anticipation William Barret Travis’ 1836 “Victory or Death” Letter, which is stored safely inside the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), embarks on its momentous return to the Alamo in San Antonio, Friday, February 22, 177 years after it left.
The letter departs TSLAC’s Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building under heavy guard provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It will be welcomed at the Alamo by an arrival ceremony Friday at 4PM.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce the award of a National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant to the agency’s Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, TX. The grant, which requires no matching local or state funds, will enable an expert consultant to perform the Center’s first general preservation assessment of its archival and artifact collections.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has released a study showing that in 2011 the economic benefit from Texas public libraries totaled an astounding $2.407 billion, while collectively the libraries cost less than $0.545 billion. The return on investment was thus $4.42 for each dollar invested.
LearningExpress, LLC announces that it has been chosen as the provider of online career development content for the TexShare Database Program administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). LearningExpress Library(TM) and LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator(TM) are now included in TexShare as part of vocational education preparation course study materials, education tutorials, and job search and career preparation resources for Texas residents.