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

Texas’ Libraries Lead the Way in Assessing Digital and Technology Resources

Texas’ Libraries Lead the Way in Assessing Digital and Technology Resources
Libraries in Seven Select States, Including Texas, Among First to Apply Professional Benchmarking Tool from the Edge Initiative
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, along with libraries across the state, was recently invited to participate in the Edge Initiative, a management and leadership tool that looks at the digital and technology resources libraries provide to communities. In June Texas became one of the first states to use Edge, which provides powerful new strategies and tools to help libraries advocate for continued and expanded public access technology services. 

Edge Logo
Edge Logo
Led by the Urban Libraries Council, an unprecedented national coalition of 13 organizations are collaborating to help public libraries provide all people with the opportunity to enrich and improve their lives through open access to information.
Communities across Texas rely on their local libraries for essential technology services, and the Edge Initiative will help us identify ways to enhance these services.
Alison Saffold
Urban Libraries Council
312-676-0953
asaffold@urbanlibraries.org
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer, TSLAC
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

Sam Houston Center Receives $1 Million in State Funds to Address Critical Needs

Sam Houston Center Receives $1 Million in State Funds to Address Critical Needs
Austin, TX

A hub of Southeast Texas history for the past 36 years, the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center will receive $1 million in state funds to address critical safety and security needs at its 114-acre complex in Liberty, Texas.

Sam Houston Center Entrance Road Drainage
Sam Houston Center Entrance Road Drainage
Correcting drainage issues, such as this one at an entrance road to the Sam Houston Center, is one of several property improvements being funded by the state.
We had supporters from Liberty and from the entire ten-county area we serve. Many... made telephone calls or sent letters and emails in support of the Sam Houston Center and these necessary repairs. For that, we’re very thankful.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC Celebrates Broadband Across Texas Week and the Digital Literacy Efforts of Texas Libraries

TSLAC Celebrates Broadband Across Texas Week and the Digital Literacy Efforts of Texas Libraries
Texans Invited to "Learn. Click. Do."
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is joining with the Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2) to celebrate the second annual Broadband Across Texas Week, June 23-29. This week aims to help Texans gain valuable digital literacy skills and learn about free computer and Internet access at local public computer centers across the state. The theme is “Learn. Click. Do.”

Rocksprings Texas Library
Rocksprings Texas Library
Three male students at Rocksprings Elementary School in Rocksprings, Texas, use the computers at the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library on the first day they became available. Lisa Scroggins, the library director, said the boys told all their friends about
This week aims to help Texans gain valuable digital literacy skills and learn about free computer and Internet access at local public computer centers across the state.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

Donation to State Archives Will Enhance Preservation of Civil War Governors’ Records

Donation to State Archives Will Enhance Preservation of Civil War Governors’ Records
Austin, TX

The records of seven Civil War and Reconstruction-era Texas governors will be better preserved and made more accessible to researchers, thanks to a generous donation to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. These records capture the leadership of the state’s chief executive during a very tumultuous period in both American and Texas history.

Glen Sample Ely Presents Check 6.3.13
Glen Sample Ely Presents Check 6.3.13
Glen Sample Ely (center) presents his $8,600 donation to Michael C. Waters (left), TSLAC Chairman, and John Anderson (right), TSLAC Preservation Officer, during the commission’s June 3rd meeting at the Lorenzo de Zavala Building in Austin.
These records capture the leadership of the state’s chief executive during a very tumultuous period in both American and Texas history.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

TSLAC Approves Fees for Storage of State Records in SFY2014

TSLAC Approves Fees for Storage of State Records in SFY2014
Austin, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has approved the fees associated with storing non-current state records at the agency’s State Records Center in Austin. Effective September 1, 2013, the fees apply to state and local government agencies that choose to take advantage of the center’s various, cost-effective storage services. In fact, the service used by most agencies, storing non-current paper records, will experience a fee decrease come September.

TSLAC State Records Center
TSLAC State Records Center
Overseen by TSLAC’s State and Local Records Management Division, the State Records Center in Austin is a 144,500 square foot facility specifically designed for the high-density, low-cost maintenance of records.
The service used by most agencies, storing non-current paper records, will experience a fee decrease come September.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

State Archives Unveils Exhibit on Rediscovered Papers from Republic of Texas History

State Archives Unveils Exhibit on Rediscovered Papers from Republic of Texas History
Austin, TX

The Texas State Archives has unveiled a new exhibit featuring rediscovered papers of the Republic of Texas Legation to the United States. This is a unique collection of documents that captures the pressing diplomatic activities of the short-lived Republic as it grappled with boundary issues, relations with Mexico, and the strenuous path to statehood in Washington, D.C.

Capton 3 - Samuel Morse to Memucan Hunt
Capton 3 - Samuel Morse to Memucan Hunt
Samuel F. B. Morse to Memucan Hunt, March 1, 1838, offering the Republic of Texas the exclusive use of the telegraph he invented.
This is a unique collection of documents that captures the pressing diplomatic activities of the short-lived Republic as it grappled with boundary issues, relations with Mexico, and the strenuous path to statehood in Washington, D.C.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

State Library and Archives’ Celebrated Travis Letter Embarks on Momentous Return to the Alamo

State Library and Archives’ Celebrated Travis Letter Embarks on Momentous Return to the Alamo
Austin, TX

After months of anticipation William Barret Travis’ 1836 “Victory or Death” Letter, which is stored safely inside the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), embarks on its momentous return to the Alamo in San Antonio, Friday, February 22, 177 years after it left.

The letter departs TSLAC’s Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building under heavy guard provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety. It will be welcomed at the Alamo by an arrival ceremony Friday at 4PM.

Travis Letter 1836 Signature Page
Travis Letter 1836 Signature Page
Travis' immortal words, "Victory or Death," were penned in urgent handwriting on this side of the legendary letter.
One of the rewards is getting to make history with history. It’s getting to see this celebrated historical letter go back to its origin after nearly two centuries.
Cesar Garza
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
cesar.garza@tsl.texas.gov
2013
No

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