The Sunset Review of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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

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.

Gloria Meraz
512-463-5460
gmeraz@tsl.texas.gov

New Statewide Standards for School Libraries Released

New Statewide Standards for School Libraries Released
Austin, TX

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.

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Gloria Meraz
512-463-5460
gmeraz@tsl.texas.gov
Yes

Archivists Showcase Rarely-Seen Texas Historical Records

Archivists Showcase Rarely-Seen Texas Historical Records
Austin Texas

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.

Gloria Meraz
512-463-5460
gmeraz@tsl.texas.gov
2018
Yes

Libraries Recovering from Storm to Receive New Books

Libraries Recovering from Storm to Receive New Books
Austin, Texas

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.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
Yes

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

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Issues$194,071 in Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants to
Austin, Texas

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.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

2018 TSLAC Research Fellowship in Texas History

2018 TSLAC Research Fellowship in Texas History
Austin, Texas

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.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

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

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

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.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

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

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Partners with Library of Congress to Produce Letters Abo
Austin, Texas

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.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

Texas State Library and Archives Commission to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants

Texas State Library and Archives Commission to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Gr
Austin, Texas

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. Guidelines will be released September 18 on the TSLAC website, tsl.texas.gov/rebuilding-texas-libraries.

Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
5124635514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2017
No

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