TSLAC Displays Unique Items from Texas’ Investigation into President Kennedy’s Assassination

TSLAC Displays Unique Items from Texas’ Investigation into President Kennedy’s Assassination
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will join the nation in observing the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a special exhibit that revisits the unforgettable events in Dallas, November 22-24, 1963.

TSLAC Connally Suit and Shirt
TSLAC Connally Suit and Shirt
Suit and shirt worn by Governor John Connally on November 22, 1963, in TSLAC's conservation lab, where the clothing is being prepared for public exhibition.
After 50 years of intense scrutiny, the events of November 1963 remain a topic of interest and fascination for the American public. This exhibit will provide a look at how Texas state government responded to this national tragedy.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

JFK at 50: The John F. Kennedy/Dallas Police Department Collection in the Dallas Municipal Archives

JFK at 50
The John F. Kennedy/Dallas Police Department Collection in the Dallas Municipal Archives
Austin, TX

Revisit the unforgettable events in Dallas, November 1963, on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the murders of presumed assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and police officer J.D. Tippit. Guest speaker John Slate, Dallas City Archivist, will present an illustrated lecture on the history and contents of the John F. Kennedy Collection, comprised of records from the Dallas Police Department, in the Dallas Municipal Archives.

Dealey Plaza 12-63
Dealey Plaza 12-63
Dealey Plaza, Dallas, December 1963. Courtesy of Dallas Municipal Archives.
Guest speaker John Slate, Dallas City Archivist, will present an illustrated lecture on the history and contents of the John F. Kennedy Collection.
RSVP
Library Staff
512-463-5460
rsvp@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC to Appeal Loss of Federal Funds for Statewide Library Programs

TSLAC to Appeal Loss of Federal Funds for Statewide Library Programs
Austin, TX

On September 30 the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) was notified by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) of its decision to deny Texas’ request for a waiver from a state funding requirement prescribed by the federal government. The waiver would allow TSLAC to continue to receive its full allotment of Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding, which the agency uses for programs to enhance library services across Texas. TSLAC will appeal the decision.

Lorenzo de Zavala Building
Lorenzo de Zavala Building
TSLAC is headquartered in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, just east of the State Capitol in Austin.
This reduction puts many of our statewide library services, which Texas libraries rely on, in jeopardy. We are hopeful we can continue to make a case for IMLS to waive the maintenance of effort requirement for us.
Deborah Littrell
Director of Library Development and Networking
512-463-5456
deborah.littrell@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC Operational Plans for Federal Government Shutdown

TSLAC Operational Plans for Federal Government Shutdown
Austin, TX

In response to the Governor's letter of September 26, 2013, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides the requested operational plan in the event of a shutdown of the federal government. (Copies of both documents are attached to this webpage.)

The agency will continue to perform its duties to serve the citizens of Texas. We plan to maintain operations and ensure continuation of essential functions and services to Texans. Our funding priorities are for those services most critical to the health, welfare, and safety of Texans.

Lorenzo de Zavala Building
Lorenzo de Zavala Building
TSLAC is headquartered in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, just east of the State Capitol in Austin.
The agency will continue to perform its duties to serve the citizens of Texas. We plan to maintain operations and ensure continuation of essential functions and services to Texans.
Edward Seidenberg
Interim Director and Librarian
512-463-5459
eseidenberg@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

Gov. Perry Reappoints Two Agency Commissioners

Gov. Perry Reappoints Two Agency Commissioners
Austin, TX

Governor Rick Perry has reappointed Michael Cooper Waters of Dallas and Wm. Scott McAfee of Driftwood to the seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Mr. Waters continues as chair of the commission, a position he assumed March 2012. Both Mr. Waters and Mr. McAfee have served since 2008, and their new terms expire September 2019.

Waters McAfee
Waters McAfee
Michael C. Waters (left) and Wm. Scott McAfee (right).
Both Mr. Waters and Mr. McAfee have served since 2008, and their new terms expire September 2019.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC’s Next Genealogy After Dark Program to Bring Together Libraries and Resources Across Texas

TSLAC’s Next Genealogy After Dark Program to Bring Together Libraries and Resources Across Texas
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) invites the public to register for its upcoming Genealogy After Dark program, Friday, October 18, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Genealogy After Dark February 2011
Genealogy After Dark February 2011
Tony Black, appraisal archivist, assists a Genealogy After Dark participant in the archives room of our Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building.
Using remote meeting software, agency staff will present information about our unique resources to genealogists across the state and to in-house participants simultaneously.
Library Staff
Archives and Information Services
512-463-5455
geninfo@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

BARD Mobile App Now Available for Texas Talking Book Patrons

BARD Mobile App Now Available for Texas Talking Book Patrons
Austin, TX

Patrons of TSLAC’s Talking Book Program (TBP), a free library service for Texans of all ages unable to read standard print material, can now enjoy their talking books on the go.

BARD Mobile App
BARD Mobile App
BARD Mobile enables TBP patrons to download audio and Braille books, magazines, and music scores directly to their Apple iOS device.
BARD contains nearly 50,000 books, magazines, and music scores in Braille and audio formats, with new selections added daily.
Ruth Wedergren
TBP Public Awareness Coordinator
512-463-5452
rwedergren@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

Get to Know Mark Smith in 10 Questions

Get to Know Mark Smith in 10 Questions
TSLAC’s New Chief Executive Begins November 1
Austin, TX

Last month the seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian. Though Mr. Smith’s tenure begins November 1, we reached out to him recently with 10 questions that address his background, perspective, priorities, and even his knowledge of Texas history. We look forward to getting to know more about Mr.

Mark Smith 8.29.13
Mark Smith 8.29.13
Flanked by agency commissioners, Mark Smith introduces himself to the public in the reference room of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, August 29.
Though Mr. Smith’s tenure begins November 1, we reached out to him recently with 10 questions that address his background, perspective, priorities, and even his knowledge of Texas history.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC Awards $1.6 Million in Texas Library Grants for FY2014

TSLAC Awards $1.6 Million in Texas Library Grants for FY2014
Funds enhance library programs and services throughout state
Austin, TX

A project to engage middle school youth through an after-school “makerspace” and a plan to preserve an extensive film festival video and audio collection are among the dazzling array of proposals approved recently by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Agency commissioners approved 70 library grant awards totaling $1.6 million for numerous Texas libraries, institutions of higher education, and related nonprofit organizations.

Austin Film Festival James Franco
Austin Film Festival James Franco
The Austin Film Festival received a library grant to preserve part of its "On Story" archive, a 20-year video and audio collection featuring Hollywood filmmakers such as James Franco (pictured).
These grants will help improve library programs and services in communities and institutions all over Texas. These federal dollars augment local funds and help local libraries fulfill their roles as valuable community resources.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Selects New Agency Executive

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Selects New Agency Executive
Austin, TX

The seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission today unanimously selected Mark Smith for the position of Director and Librarian, the agency’s chief executive also known as the Texas State Librarian. 

Mark Smith currently serves as the Vice President of West Coast Operations for Library Systems and Services (LSSI) of Germantown, Maryland, and oversees all LSSI contracts for California and Oregon. He has been with LSSI since September 1999.

Mark Smith 8.29.13
Mark Smith 8.29.13
Mark Smith meets with the public in the lobby of our Lorenzo de Zavala Building, August 29.
The commission conducted a nationwide search for this very important position. We had an accomplished and impressive pool of applicants, and we’re excited and proud to welcome Mark Smith into service for the State of Texas.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

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