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Volume 34 No. 4 | December 2015
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UNT Honored as Library of the Year

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) recognizes three libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for their outstanding achievements and initiatives. The 2015 Libraries of the Year have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and commitment to providing free public access to Federal Government information.

The University of North Texas Libraries offers access to more than six million print and digital materials and innovative programs to its patrons. UNT has worked with GPO for more than two decades in leading the way of digitizing Government documents and preserving online Government information before other libraries began those efforts. GPO is a partner of the UNT Digital Library that allows the public to find Government information digitally. GPO and UNT first partnered in 1997 for “The CyberCemetery," which preserves and provides access to publications and websites of defunct Government agencies and commissions. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has begun the process to revise the 2005 School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas. Working in concert with the Texas Education Agency, TSLAC has named a committee to undertake this process.

TSLAC Begins Updating School Library Standards

Committee members include: Vanessa Ashcraft (district librarian, Jarrell ISD); Sunni Branstetter (5th Grade English Language Arts/Social Studies teacher, Northwest ISD); Len Bryan (school program coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission); Blair Claussen (Instructional Materials and Education Technology, Texas Education Agency); Nicole Cruz (high school librarian, Sharyland ISD lead librarian); Brandon Dennard (principal, Chapel Hill ISD); Kim Garcia (educational technology coordinator, Georgetown ISD); Scott Harrell (executive director of leadership and learning, Pasadena ISD); Kelly Hoppe (high school librarian, Amarillo ISD); Donna Kearley (library services coordinator, Denton ISD); Irene Kistler (high school librarian, Alamo Heights ISD); Elizabeth Philippi (district library coordinator, Houston ISD); and Sonja Schulz (high school librarian, Nacogdoches ISD).

The committee cannot complete this revision alone and is asking for the broader library community to reach out to members of the group ideas, comments, and suggestions. For additional information, contact Len Bryan (

Scholastic's James Patterson Pledges to Texas Libraries

The following 32 Texas school libraries have received grants from the Scholastic Reading Club James Patterson's $1.75 Million Pledge to Libraries. Congratulations to the winning libraries:
Alta Vista Elementary, Waco
Alto ISD, Alto
Ault Elementary, Cypress
Austin Middle, Amarillo
Bartlett Elementary, Bartlett
Bastrop Intermediate, Bastrop
Bebensee Elementary, Arlington
Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy, Austin
Chapa Middle, Kyle
Cockrell Hill Elementary, DeSoto
Ehrhardt Elementary, Spring
Gorzycki Middle, Austin
Govalle Elementary, Austin
Grand Prairie High, Grand Prairie
Greenwood Elementary, Midland
Hood-Case Elementary, Alvin
J. Ruth Smith Academy, Houston
Kinkeade Early Childhood, Irving
Northside Intermediate, Henderson
O'Donnell Middle, Houston
Odyssey Academy, Galveston
Pearcy Elementary, Arlington
Rock Prairie Elementary, College Station
Rose Shaw SES, Corpus Christi
Siebert Elementary, Eastland
St. Luke's Episcopal, San Antonio
Tobias Elementary, Kyle
Uplift Luna Secondary, Dallas
Victoria East High, Victoria
Walt Disney Elementary, Alvin
Wellman-Union CISD, Wellman
YES Prep Public Schools – North Central Campus, Houston

NEH Challenge Grant

University of North Texas has announced a $500,000 NEH Challenge grant supporting the Cathy Nelson Hartman Portal to Texas History Portal.


Your colleagues are writing up some fascinating perspectives of library work and their experiences. Here are a few shoutouts from TLA's Texas Library Journal editorial team.

Irene Kistler, school librarian and nominee for Teacher of the Year, writes about the discussions she's had about being a school librarian and teacher. This surprising exploration of her colleagues' questions is thought-provoking and inspiring. Read Irene's post on the TASL Advocacy Blog.

"StoryTime With Brad"

New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer is offering the world a treat. There's just no other way to describe the weekly offering of good old fashioned storytelling combined with the author's wit. Meltzer is offering weekly bedtime reads through Facebook.

You can tune in on your own, with kids, loved ones, or view videos later. With a growing band of eager listeners, Meltzer is offering literary enthusiasts of all ages another way to share the written (and spoken) word. Listen on Sundays at 7pm (CST) at LIVE at Other episodes are on youtube right now:

StoryTime With Brad | Episode 1: I Am Amelia Earhart

StoryTime With Brad | Episode 2: I Am Abraham Lincoln