Austin, Texas    Gloria Meraz Joins Texas State Library and Archives Commission as Assistant State Librarian   

Gloria Meraz has been appointed Assistant State Librarian at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Her role at TSLAC will continue her long-standing efforts to support the provision of library and archival resources and services to state and local government, researchers, communities, and people across Texas. Prior to her new position at the agency, Meraz served as Director of Communications for 17 years at the Texas Library Association where she oversaw government relations, publications, and public relations.

   Austin, Texas    Texas Historical Records Advisory Board Announces New Archival Award   

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) is pleased to announce the creation of the Archival Award of Excellence to recognize significant achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by a Texas archival institution and individual achievements.

THRAB is accepting nominations until mid-September with announcement of the institutional and individual recipients named in October during Texas Archives Month. The award is funded by a 2016 State Programming Board grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

   Austin, Texas    Texas State Library and Archives Commission receives $200,000 grant from Texas Workforce Commission   

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) received a $200,000 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to expand library engagement with local Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) programs. Funding from the grant will be used to expand efforts to provide adult education opportunities to the more than 4.3 million Texans who qualify for assistance.

   Austin, Texas    EVENT: In Their Own Words: The Messages of Early 20th Century Real Photo Postcards   

Postcards were the E-mail, Facebook, and Instagram of their day providing glimpses into

individual lives and events. Led by postcard collector, writer, and lay historian Ken Wilson,

visitors will explore the resulting narratives captured in photographic postcards from the

minutiae of daily life, to disasters, to occasional mysteries.


This program coincides with the current TSLAC lobby exhibit, Wish You Were Here, which

   Austin, Texas    Southeast Texas Postcard Collection Available Online   

Southeast Texas Postcard Collection Available Online


   Austin, Texas    TSLAC Announces Expansion of Online Digital Resources to K-12, Texas Public Libraries, Colleges, and Universities   

AUSTIN, TX- The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announces new additions to its ever-growing online collections available through its TexShare and TexQuest electronic resource programs. In response to growing interest in focused learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) the agency has supplemented the latest resources from the leading names in online educational resources, all of which will be available on June 15, 2016. Resources include:

   Austin, Texas    Texas Center for the Book Celebrates Children and Diversity in Literature   

This April, Texans celebrate 20 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.

   Austin, Texas    2016 Letters About Literature Reading/Writing Program Winners Announced   

Ten students have won the Texas portion of the 2016 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 50,000 students wrote letters and since 1997 more than a million students have participated.

   Austin, Texas    Greetings from Texas: A History of Postcards from the Lone Star State – An Evening with Postcard Collector and Historian Richard Eisenhour   


   Austin, Texas    Texas Center for the Book Announces Little Free Library Tour   

The Texas Center for the Book and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, will partner with Little Free Library founder, Todd H. Bol, to distribute more than 50 little free libraries across the Lone Star State. The national nonprofit tours Texas from March 2-15, 2016 to promote a love of reading and community through free book exchanges with building workshops in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Plano.