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

TSLAC Selects Finalists for Agency Executive

TSLAC Selects Finalists for Agency Executive
Austin, TX

The seven-member Texas State Library and Archives Commission has selected three finalists for the position of Director and Librarian. On August 29, 2013, the commission will hold a public meeting and reception to provide an opportunity for the public to meet the finalists.

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 commission will interview the three finalists in Executive Session on August 30 and expects to convene a public meeting at 2 p.m. to take possible action based on the formal interviews.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC Welcomes New Members to TexShare Advisory Board

TSLAC Welcomes New Members to TexShare Advisory Board
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission welcomes new members to its TexShare Advisory Board, which advises the commission on matters relating to the consortium of Texas libraries known as TexShare. The consortium shares print and electronic materials, purchases online resources, and combines staff expertise. The new TexShare board members are:

TexShare Logo
TexShare Logo
The TexShare Advisory Board advises the commission on matters relating to the consortium of Texas libraries known as TexShare.
The consortium shares print and electronic materials, purchases online resources, and combines staff expertise.
Deborah Littrell
Director of Library Development and Networking
512-463-5465
deborah.littrell@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC Welcomes New and Returning Members to Library Systems Act Advisory Board

TSLAC Welcomes New and Returning Members to Library Systems Act Advisory Board
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission welcomes one new and one returning member to its Library Systems Act Advisory Board, which advises the commission on any matter related to the Texas Library Systems Act, including recommending changes in the "Rules for Administering the Library Systems Act," and recommendations regarding public libraries that appeal loss of accreditation.

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.
Their terms will begin on September 1, 2013.
Deborah Littrell
Director of Library Development and Networking
512-463-5465
deborah.littrell@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

State Archives Reports Progress on Preserving Early Texas Supreme Court Case Files

State Archives Reports Progress on Preserving Early Texas Supreme Court Case Files
Austin, TX

Disputes over land and slaves in pre-Civil War Texas are among the courtroom conflicts recorded in the 19th century case files of the Texas Supreme Court. These records capture not only state legal history, but also social and cultural life during the Republic and early statehood years.

Supreme Court Case Files
Supreme Court Case Files
A handful of 19th century Texas Supreme Court case files in their original folded condition.
Over the past year, the grant allowed the State Archives to conserve and index over 500 Supreme Court cases from the mid 1840s through the late 1850s.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

Exhibit on State Capitol Construction and Renovation Will Showcase Rare Architectural Scenes

Exhibit on State Capitol Construction and Renovation Will Showcase Rare Architectural Scenes
Photos and Drawings Commemorate Landmark Building's 125th Anniversary
Austin, TX

Scenes of 19th century construction and 20th century renovation, of the famous Sunset Red granite giving rise to the seat and symbol of Texas government are the focus of Views of the Capitol: 125 Years in the Making, a new photographic exhibit organized jointly by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Bill Kennedy South Capitol Scaffolding
Bill Kennedy South Capitol Scaffolding
South view of the 1888 building encased in scaffolding at sunrise, early 1990s. Photograph by Bill Kennedy for TSLAC.
Opening August 1 at the Bullock Museum, the exhibit will display architectural drawings and photos of the Capitol on loan from TSLAC in the museum’s third floor rotunda gallery.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

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