12 TSLAC Staff Members Recognized by Peers

12 TSLAC Staff Members Recognized by Peers
Austin, TX

Twelve staff members of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission were recognized recently by their peers inside and outside the agency.

Kate Miles EOQ
Kate Miles EOQ
Kate Reagor (left) of the Library Development and Networking Division and Stephen "Miles" Lewis (right) of the Talking Book Program.
Employees of the Quarter are nominated by their agency colleagues, selected by the agency Employee Recognition Committee, and then presented with a Certificate of Merit.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

TSLAC Marks 50th Anniversary of Texas History Mural with New Exhibit

TSLAC Marks 50th Anniversary of Texas History Mural with New Exhibit
Public Welcome to Expanded Hours Second Saturday of the Month
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is marking the 50th anniversary of its historical lobby mural with an exhibit of unique items illustrating Texas’ dramatic journey from European province to American state.

TSLAC Lobby Mural
TSLAC Lobby Mural
Since 1964 the mural Texas Moves Toward Statehood has greeted visitors in the lobby of TSLAC's Lorenzo de Zavala Building, just east of the State Capitol in Austin. The mural compresses 400 years of Texas history into a compelling, comprehensive panorama.
Both the exhibit and the mural are in the lobby of our building, so visitors will be able to experience the history in a very real and immersive way.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

TSLAC Invites Poetry Fans to Hangout on Google Plus

TSLAC Invites Poetry Fans to Hangout on Google Plus
Austin, TX

In a first for the agency, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will broadcast a live video chat via Google+ Hangouts with State Librarian Mark Smith and seven guests. The public broadcast will take place online Thursday, April 17, 1-2pm CST.

Slide for Poetry Matters
Slide for Poetry Matters
Click this image to download a web graphic with information about our Poetry Matters Hangout.
We look forward to engaging our library colleagues, patrons, and the general public on the place of poetry in communities and in the context of literacy and libraries.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

Historic Violin to Be Displayed at UT-Austin’s Fine Arts Library

Historic Violin to Be Displayed at UT-Austin’s Fine Arts Library
Austin, TX

For one night only TSLAC’s historic Journeay Violin will be on display in the Fine Arts Library at UT-Austin during a lecture on legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 28.

1900 Journeay Violin 911
1900 Journeay Violin 911
Henry Journeay is said to have crafted this violin from wood scraps left over from a chair made for Santa Anna, using glass and a razor as his tools.
The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m., Friday, February 28.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

First Exhibit in 50 Years of Gov. John Connally’s Clothes Ends Next Friday

First Exhibit in 50 Years of Gov. John Connally’s Clothes Ends Next Friday
Public Welcome to Expanded Hours Saturday, February 8
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites the public to visit a free exhibit of unique documents and artifacts that capture the unforgettable events in Dallas November 22-24, 1963. The exhibit comes to a close Friday, February 14.

TSLAC Connally Exhibit
TSLAC 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 14, 2014.
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
2014
No

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

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