Austin, Texas    2018 Letters About Literature Contest Winners Announced   

Rebekah Manley
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book

   Austin, TX    The Sunset Review of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission   

The mission and performance of the State Library and Archives Commission are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.  The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent.  Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.

   Austin, TX    New Statewide Standards for School Libraries Released   

Austin – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission voted Tuesday to approve revised guidelines for school libraries. School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas provides communities, educators, and the public a tool for assessing and building quality school library programs and ensuring students benefit from robust instruction and resources.

   Austin, Texas    Partnership Brings Free Multicultural Children’s Books to Libraries   

Austin-- The Texas Center for the Book working in concert with First Book is bringing a new opportunity to help libraries celebrate Lone Star Día this April. The program is designed to support libraries who serve children in need.

   Austin Texas    Archivists Showcase Rarely-Seen Texas Historical Records   

Austin--Let archivists be your guide as you examine some of the state’s most fascinating historical records. Archives À la Carte: Staff Picks, the most recent exhibit at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, looks at how the Texan identity is captured and perpetuated through items selected by state archivists and librarians.

   Austin, Texas    Libraries Recovering from Storm to Receive New Books   

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.

   Austin, Texas    Texas State Library and Archives Commission Issues $194,071 in Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants to Offer Assistance to Libraries Affected by Hurricane Harvey   

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.

   Austin, Texas    2018 TSLAC Research Fellowship in Texas History   

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.

   Austin, Texas    Electronic Records Day: Electronic Records Tell Our Story Now and Into the Future   

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.

   Austin, Texas    Texas State Library and Archives Commission Partners with Library of Congress to Produce Letters About Literature Video   

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.