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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas

Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas (FLAT).
Friends Forecast [newsletter]. Quarterly.
Copies in hand include March 2001, March 2002, April 2003, Spring 2005, and Fall 2005. &

FLAT’s brief serial publication addresses the general interests of libraries and archives of Texas and more particularly as expressed, in the March 2001 issue, through enriching “library and archival services for the benefit of the individual, the community, and the state by promoting and supporting the services of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission,” the agency in Austin, now long established. Therein, in addition, FLAT extends its networking toward the local level by intuitively and immediately encouraging and assisting other Friends groups through its advice on purpose and procedure toward those groups’ local interests and goals.
The 2002 issue notes its funding approval of State Librarian Peggy Rudd’s request to microfilm the “Convict Records Ledgers, 1848-1954” and an interactive kiosk in the building’s lobby area. Also noted was TSLAC’s launching of the online exhibit “The McArdle Notebooks” through a combination of scanning and application of HTML description. Some comments from the Texas Library Association’s Library Friends, Trustees, and Advocates Round Table complemented the lateral networking goals of FLAT.

The 2003 issue reviewed the continuing service of FLAT’s president, Patrick Heath, the roles of Friends and some fund raising options for those local Friends groups.
The Spring 2005 issue carried Rudd’s commentary on the opening of the Legislature and a brief history of White House Conferences on Library and Information Services” in 1979 and 1991.
Further mentioned was the opening of a the exhibit on Governor O’Daniel, who according to Bob Wills would “Pass the Biscuits” during O’Daniel’s successful Depression era campaign.
The most recent issue of Fall 2005 promoted the Texas Book Festival, a microfilming project of military records, and the developing renovation of the Lorenzo de Zavala building that houses TSLAC. The issue records its leaders’ accomplishment by announcing the induction of Patrick Heath, Commission leader Sandy Pickett, and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation into the American Library Association’s National Advocacy Honor Roll, thereby demonstrating FLAT’s networking toward the national level.

The Newsletter to some degree substitutes for the content of TSLAC’s serial, Texas Libraries, that ceased in the 1990s.

Members receive the newsletter with their dues payment of $10 to $1,000 a year.

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