Category Archives: TSLAC

TSLAC to Offer Webinar On Responding to a Material Challenge

From the TSLAC website:

Has a book or DVD been challenged in your library? How should your library respond if someone challenges one of your books on social media?

The Texas State Library is hosting a 1.5 hour webinar at 1:30pm CST on Tuesday, February 2nd that will leave you better prepared to respond to challenges. Our speakers will be:

  • Jeanette Larson, Larson Library Consulting. Jeanette will provide strategies for responding to challenges that can be used by any type of library.
  • Kate Horan, director of the McAllen Public Library. Kate will discuss the library’s response to a DVD challenge and an informal challenge on Facebook.
  • Courtney Kincaid, former director of the Hood County Library. Courtney will discuss the library’s response to a well-coordinated challenge to several picture books that made national news.

We’ll also allow time for questions. Please register for the webinar and join us on February 2nd!

Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Library And Archives Commission

From the TSLAC website

Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer


Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Library And Archives Commission

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Martha Wong of Houston, Romanita Matta-Barrera of San Antonio and re-appointed Larry Holt of College Station to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for terms to expire on September 28, 2021. The Commission safeguards significant resources, provides information services that inspire and support research, education and reading and enhances the capacity for achievement of current and future generations.


Martha Wong is a community volunteer, former state representative and Houston city council member. Before her state and community service, she was Director of Community Resource and Development at Southwest College. Wong also served as an associate professor at Baylor University. She began her career with the Houston Independent School District serving in a variety of roles as associate superintendent, elementary school principal, special education teacher and first-grade teacher. Wong became the first Asian American woman elected to the Houston city council when she served from 1994 – 2000. She also became the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives which she served from 2003 – 2007. Wong is a member of the Houston Association of Retired Teachers, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, Chinese American Citizens Alliance and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She has previously served as a board member for the American Red Cross, Neuhaus Education Center, Houston Olympic 2012 Foundation, Alley Theater, Lions Eye Bank Foundation and University of Houston Alumni Organization. Wong was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994. She has been recognized as a Distinguished University of Houston Alumni by the UH Alumni Association and the College of Education. Wong graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her master’s and doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston. Ms. Wong replaces Sandra S. Pickett of Liberty whose term has expired.


Romanita Matta-Barrera is CEO of Fluent Strategy Group, LLC. Prior to that, she served in a variety of roles as Director of Hispanic Outreach and Communications for the U.S. Department of Education, Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and Texas Media Director for U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Early in her career, she worked with employers and led community relations as part of workforce development for SER Jobs for Progress in San Antonio. Matta-Barrera is an active member of Leadership San Antonio, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development advisory council, Family Service Association of San Antonio and most recently, Leadership SAISD. She has previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to the OneStar National Service Commission. Matta-Barrera earned her bachelor’s degree in both government and Latin American studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed an international studies program at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. Ms. Matta- Barrera replaces Martha Doty Freeman of West Lake Hills whose term has expired.


Larry Holt is an attorney. He is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation and Brazos County Bar Association. Holt previously served in leadership positions as chairman of the Brazos Valley Estate Planning Council, founding director of Community Foundation Brazos Valley and chairman of trustees for the Mary Rodes Gibson Hemostasis-Thrombosis Foundation. He and his wife have also been involved and supportive of Habitat for Humanity, Twin City Mission, Brazos County Youth Livestock and Voices for Children CASA. Holt earned his law degree from Baylor University and his master of law degree from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Holt is being reappointed.

October is Texas Archives Month

From TSLAC website:

In October 2015, Texas will join archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas’ historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records, and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical treasures and making them available for use by present and future generations.

TSLAC offers resources for Archives Month such as proclamations and ideas on how to celebrate in your community on their website.

New Texas Handgun Legislation and Libraries

Thea Blair, Manager of Continuing Education & Consulting Services at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has posted a web page <> and a blog entry <> about the new handgun laws in Texas. This is not legal counsel but is a great starting point for any conversation on the issue. Topics covered include non-profit libraries and school events at libraries. Thank you to Thea, Mark Smith, and TSLAC for stepping forward on this.

Family Place Libraries

Congratulations to the staff of the six CTLS libraries who are going to New York for Family Place Library training. This is GREAT news!

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove
Bryan+College Station Library
McAllen Public Library
Nueces  County Library, Robstown
Pasadena Public Library
Wilson County Library, Floresville

The Family Place Libraries Mission

The mission of Family Place Libraries™ is to increase the capacity of libraries throughout the nation to recognize and realize their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at place

Interlibrary Loan FAQ

Here are some questions we asked Sue Bennett at the Texas State Library and her answers regarding the upcoming (in the next year and a half to 2 years) Interlibrary Loan changes. Thanks to Angela at Bee Cave for starting this conversation, and thanks to Sue for answering these questions!

Q. What can libraries expect to need in terms of staff time?

A. The implementation process takes approximately 20 hours of staff time over the period.

This is going to depend on the number of interlibrary loans a library processes. According to Alpine Public Library that only has one staff person that processes interlibrary loans, they spend less time than previously due to less paperwork.

Q. What is the implementation timeline for CTLS libraries? I know that Austin Public Library will probably change over first, but just a rough sketch of when it will begin affecting small libraries around Austin would be great — a year and a half? Just an estimate.

A. We plan to implement libraries by system areas and are currently working libraries in the NETLS and NTLP areas. Libraries begin implementation about every 6 months in groups of 30-50 libraries. If we have openings, we invite libraries in other areas. A rough sketch for CTLS would be around a year and half to two years.

Q. What will the costs be for small libraries? (what has the cost looked like for small libraries that have rolled out the changes?)

A. The cost for new ILL program libraries will incur is with delivery. TSLAC does offer a reimbursement for net lenders and subsidies for the courier.

TSLAC covers the cost for the following:

· Texas Group Catalog used for searching

· Navigator to process interlibrary loans

· Batchloading project to add catalog records to OCLC

· CatExpress or an ongoing batchload to keep holdings up to date.

Q. What are the consequences to Loan Star money and/or TexShare status if a library does not participate?

A. Libraries who are System members are a part of TexShare. Library Development determines if a library qualifies to be a System member or receive Loan Star funds and you will need to contact Deborah Littrell.

Q. What will their relationship to the ILL Austin center and Austin Public Library be like after the changes, in terms of ILL?

A. As libraries move to the new ILL program, the ILL Centers will be phased out. Libraries will continue to be able to borrow items from Austin Public Library as they will be part of the Texas Group but libraries will not be sending their ILL requests to APL to submit their requests for them.

Q. When will there be training on the new system?

A. When libraries begin the implementation process, we begin with an overview of what will be involved throughout the process. Libraries add their records to OCLC by a batchload process and continue to update their holdings through either CatExpress or ongoing batchloading. Training on how to send a batchload and using CatExpress is provided by webinar. Libraries also complete a questionnaire for OCLC on their library catalog and training is also provided for this process as well. Throughout the process, OCLC provides a biweekly question and answering session. Anyone who is having a problem with any portion of the process can contact any of the implementation team at OCLC or myself at any time. The main training for how patrons submit requests and how staff process requests is done just prior to the library going live with the new program.

OCLC is very responsive to the needs of the libraries throughout the implementation process and after the libraries go live with the new program. They take time to walk through step by step with any library that is needing help. After a library goes live, they can contact the implementation team with any questions and after a time of being live, will contact OCLC’s support team.

As I mentioned earlier, we will be providing a demonstration of the new ILL program in the fall so libraries can get an overview of the program.

The implementation team knows that many of these libraries have not dealt with OCLC and work very hard to make the implementation process as smooth as possible for them.