Texas Public Libraries Invited to Assess Digital and Technology Resources via Edge Initiative

Texas Public Libraries Invited to Assess Digital and Technology Resources via Edge Initiative
Austin, TX

Last year the Texas State Library and Archives Commission joined the nationwide Edge Initiative, a management and leadership tool that looks at the digital and technology resources libraries provide to communities. Now public libraries in Texas are welcome to register for Edge at www.libraryedge.org and gain access to technology assessment resources, including nationally recognized benchmarks, case studies, training, reporting tools, presentation tools and templates.

Edge Logo
Edge Logo
Texas public libraries are encouraged to register for the nationwide Edge Initiative to assess their digital and technology resources.
In every talk about our Edge results, I am building awareness of the importance of the library in the lives of our citizens.
Staff
Library Development Division
512-463-5465
ld@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

Sam Houston Center Improves Storage Conditions with Federal Funding

Sam Houston Center Improves Storage Conditions with Federal Funding
Austin, TX

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is the recipient of a second National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grant. The Center received a $6,000 NEH grant in 2013 to conduct the Center’s first general preservation assessment. The goals developed from the assessment are leading to continued grant funding and a variety of improvements at the Center.

Sam Houston Center
Sam Houston Center
The Sam Houston Center in Liberty, TX, serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the ten counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler.
A second $6,000 NEH grant is expanding environmental monitoring to all records storage areas through the purchase of Preservation Environment Monitors.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

Public Invited to Discuss Strategy and Direction of State Support for Texas Libraries

Public Invited to Discuss Strategy and Direction of State Support for Texas Libraries
State Librarian Will Lead Discussion in 8 Cities
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, which provides support for 560 libraries statewide, invites the public to offer feedback to help the agency develop its strategic plan for 2015-2019.

State Librarian Mark Smith, who assumed leadership of the agency last November, aims to involve librarians, library patrons and supporters, community leaders and any other persons interested in helping the State Library plan its future.

Mark Smith 8.29.13
Mark Smith 8.29.13
The public is invited to meet with Texas State Librarian Mark Smith to discuss the future of state support for Texas libraries.
This year we are making a special effort to reach out to our key stakeholders across the state to get their feedback on ways in which our agency can help Texas libraries achieve their goals.
Tracy Lash
Executive Assistant
512-463-5460
tlash@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

TSLAC Will Receive Full Allotment of Federal Funds for Statewide Library Programs

TSLAC Will Receive Full Allotment of Federal Funds for Statewide Library Programs
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has successfully appealed a decision last September by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) that would have resulted in a loss of over $6.5 million in federal funds to support library services in Texas. As a result of the appeal, Texas will receive its full allotment of federal funds for statewide library programs.

Lorenzo de Zavala Building
Lorenzo de Zavala Building
TSLAC administers approximately $10 million in federal funds per fiscal year for Texas libraries from its headquarters in Austin.
TSLAC allocates LSTA funds to Texas libraries in the form of competitive grants, interlibrary loan, digital content, and other statewide programs.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

TSLAC Has a New Website Address

TSLAC Has a New Website Address
Austin, TX

In keeping with the State of Texas’ plan to have state government agencies adopt the texas.gov domain name, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) now has a new website address. Please update your Internet bookmarks to: www.tsl.texas.gov.

Lorenzo de Zavala Building
Lorenzo de Zavala Building
While our physical address (1201 Brazos St., Austin) remains the same, our web address has changed.
This URL is the root of a vast array of agency content on the web.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
Yes

TSLAC Invites Public to Observe 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Assassination Among Unique Exhibit

TSLAC Invites Public to Observe 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy’s Assassination
Unique Exhibit Features Suit of Clothing Worn by Gov. John Connally Nov. 22, 1963
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites the public to observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination through an exhibit of unique documents and artifacts that capture the unforgettable events in Dallas November 22-24, 1963.

TSLAC JFK Connally Exhibit
TSLAC JFK Connally Exhibit
The suit and shirt worn by Governor John Connally on November 22, 1963, are on display in the lobby of TSLAC’s Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building until February 2014.
In January 1964 the Governor donated his clothing to the State Archives where, due to public interest, it was displayed for a brief time. This exhibit is the first public viewing of the suit since March 30, 1964.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

Texas Library Users Can Now Access Rare Historical Materials via Statewide E-Content Program

Texas Library Users Can Now Access Rare Historical Materials via Statewide E-Content Program
Austin, TX

Texans can now access rare primary source materials related to the history of Native Americans and the West, including Texas. Two new databases of digital resources, American Indian Histories and Cultures and The American West, have been added to the statewide resource sharing program known as TexShare by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Both new electronic resources expand the core menu of TexShare e-content available to Texans via their local libraries.

1871 Map of Texas - Courtesy Newberry Library
1871 Map of Texas - Courtesy Newberry Library
Texans can now access rare primary source materials (such as this 1871 map of Texas) at local libraries that participate in the statewide resource sharing program known as TexShare. Image is courtesy of the Newberry Library, Chicago.
Purchased from Adam Matthew, a subsidiary of the international publisher SAGE, the new databases focus on the history of American Indians and the American West.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC Hosts Annual Fundraiser for Families in Need During the Christmas Season

TSLAC Hosts Annual Fundraiser for Families in Need During the Christmas Season
Twitter Users Invited to Tweetup at the Sale
Austin, TX

Three Austin-area families can look forward to a more bountiful Christmas this year. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will host its annual fundraiser for local families in need on Wednesday, December 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (The sale was originally scheduled for Friday, December 6, but due to inclement weather, it has been postponed to Wednesday.)

Book Sale 2012
Book Sale 2012
The book sale during our 2012 Christmas Families fundraiser. In addition to books, we sell baked goods and crafts donated by TSLAC staff.
The event is free to attend, but sale prices will vary. TSLAC will donate proceeds to three needy families via Foundation Communities in Austin. Agency staff will also perform Christmas music during the sale.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC to Open for Research on Second Saturdays

TSLAC to Open for Research on Second Saturdays
Additional Hours Begin January 11, 2014
Austin, TX

Family historians, scholars, students and others interested in what is behind the ornate brass doors of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building just east of the Capitol will soon have more opportunities for discovery.

Lorenzo de Zavala Entryway
Lorenzo de Zavala Entryway
Entryway to our Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, east of the Capitol.
We believe these additional hours on the second Saturday of each month, along with our quarterly Genealogy After Dark programs, will make our materials more accessible to a larger audience.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

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