Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Awards $1.8 Million in Federal ARPA Funds to Texas Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded approximately $1.8 million in funding to 40 Texas libraries under its American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grants Program through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. TSLAC ARPA grants are designed to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches. A full list of recipients can be found at www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/arpa/recipients. The Texas […]

Battleship Texas Plans and Records Now Online at the State Archives

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a major digitization effort that provides online access to more than 3,000 ships plans and records from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) collection documenting the USS battleship, Texas. Also known as BB-35, the dreadnought was commissioned in 1914 and participated in both World War I and World War II, including as flagship during the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, […]

South Texas Literacy Coalition Named 2021 Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award Winner

The Texas Center for the Book has announced that the South Texas Literacy Coalition is the recipient of the sixth annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. This $2,000 award, which honors a qualified 501(c)(3) organization that has made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas, is modeled on the Library of Congress’ annual literacy awards. View a video about this year’s winner. Funded by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, Inc., the 2021 Literacy Awards […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas State Historical Association Seeking Applications for 2022 Research Fellowship in Texas History

The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) is now accepting applications for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) Research Fellowship in Texas History. The fellowship includes a $2,000 stipend and is awarded for the best research proposal utilizing the collections of the State Archives in Austin. The TSLAC Research Fellowship in Texas History is administered in partnership with TSHA and made possible by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation through a generous donation from […]

The Texas Great Read for 2021 is “Marfa for the Perplexed” by Lonn Taylor

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen Marfa for the Perplexed by Lonn Taylor as the Texas Great Read for 2021. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival. The event showcases the importance of books and reading. In 2021, the 21st Library of […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Appoints Gloria Meraz Director and Librarian

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has named Gloria Meraz as Director and Librarian, effective September 1, 2021. In this position, Meraz will serve as the State Librarian of Texas. The commission took formal action to appoint Meraz to this position Friday following a national search and two days of presentations and interviews with three prospective candidates. Meraz has served since August 2016 as the Assistant State Librarian at TSLAC. Previously, she served […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Accepting Applications from Libraries for $1.8 Million in ARPA Grants

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will begin accepting applications on Sept. 3 for three new grant programs made possible by emergency pandemic funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Available funds total at least $1.8 million and are provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under ARPA. Texas libraries are encouraged to apply through TSLAC’s online grants management program by Oct. 1. TSLAC will host an informational webinar […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Awards $1.16 Million in Grants to Texas Libraries

Selected Texas libraries will soon undertake new projects with funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). Workforce development resources, tools for promoting tech literacy and a wide range of impactful community programs topped the list of grant proposals recently approved by TSLAC. Agency commissioners awarded 51 library grants totaling $1,167,658 million for numerous Texas libraries and institutions of higher education at their August 6 regular meeting in Austin. The commission awards funding […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Opens New 60,000-Square-Foot Records Facility

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) celebrated the opening of its new 60,000-square-foot records storage facility at the State Records Center Annex at Promontory Point in Austin on August 6 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Commission Chair Dr. Martha Wong officially launched the expansion facility during a visit with other members of the Commission and TSLAC staff. Part of TSLAC’s State and Local Records Management Division (SLRM), the State Records Center Annex expansion […]

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces New Commissioner David Iglesias

The Office of the Governor has announced a new appointment to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), effective immediately. Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Commissioner David Iglesias, with a term to expire September 2021. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is the governing board of the agency with which it shares a name. The Commission ensures that the agency effectively and conscientiously pursues its mission to provide citizens access to the information […]