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

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

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