By Maria Barker, Access Librarian
Did you know that you can still visit us virtually from home during this period of social distancing? Not only is our reference staff ready to respond to your questions via email and voicemail, you may also access material through our digital collections and databases. For details about resources available to you from home, read on. For information about COVID-19 and the status of all TSLAC services please visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/services.
Reference Staff at the Ready
In addition to answering your reference questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and 512-463-5455, consider seeking assistance with your research through the following services and resources.
- City Directory Look Ups
We can search names or addresses in our collection of City Directories and respond with scanned results if a match is found. If we cannot find a match, we will provide referrals and alternative resource suggestions based on your area of research.
- Vital Statistics Look Ups
Staff can search up to five names in our collection of Vital Statistics indexes and report back the results over the phone or via email. In addition, staff can provide background and referrals on the availability of this information based on the time period of interest and your research goals.
- 2nd Saturday Workshop Topics
While our live presentations have been suspended, workshop content and links to relevant resource pages can be found on our website. Here are a few select topics:
Research Using Online Collections
Put away the gloves and magnifying glass, our staff has done the heavy lifting. Learn more about our publications and original documents by visiting the databases and information pages tailored to our collections.
- Digital Collections and Exhibits
- Here you can find images from curated exhibits and special selections based on a subject or theme.
- Our Collections Online
- This page brings you a comprehensive list of databases and pages about popular collections at TSLAC.
- Texas Digital Archive (TDA)
- Images of our digitized material and born digital state documents are searchable in the Texas Digital Archive.
Publications and Government Documents
While state agencies may be closed, a record of their service and history lives on through the following TSLAC resources.
TRAIL captures and preserves information posted to state agency websites. Whether you are looking for a specific report or simply want to see a state agency website as it existed at a certain point in time, TRAIL can help.
Energize your research with a search through our online catalog. As a depository library for both state and federal documents, a home to archival collections, and an institution with roots dating back to the early years of our state, the range and depth of our material is substantial. See our Newly Added Titles and On Display pages for a slice of our latest collections. Contact reference at email@example.com with questions about our records and access.
If your registration is current, TexShare services are still available to you via your TSLAC library account. With a library of databases covering everything from health news to craft tutorials, this is a resource to have on hand if you want to learn something new. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your current registration and receive the password to access this service.
We look forward to assisting you via email@example.com or 512-463-5455.