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Name: Mark
Title: Director and State Librarian
Organization: State of Texas
Address: Texas State Library and Archives
PO Box 12516
City: Austin
State: TX
Zip Code: 78711-2516
Phone: (512) 463-5460 n/a


Library Agency Homepage:
Virtual Library:;
State Home Page:
Governor: Greg Abbott
Library Association:
Friends of the Library Association: <
Trustee Association:
Other State Library Links:


Link to IMLS Public Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2010
URL for Statewide Public Library Statistics:
Population: 25,145,561 (2010)
Number of Public Libraries: 561
Total Circulation: 119,000,000
Circulation Per Capita: 5.16
Total Library Operating Income: $448,984,202
Total Expenditures: $440,312,978
Expenditures per capita:$19.22
State Support:$6,957,968
Total Construction Funding:
Materials Loaned to other Libraries: 435,420


Link to IMLS State Library Statistics Webpage:

Year the data below was released: 2010
Governance Structure: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is located in the Executive Branch of state government. The seven members of the commission are appointed for staggered six- year terms by the governor.
Library Legislation:
Library Laws of Texas: dex.html
Library Standards:
Standards for Texas Public Libraries standards04.pdf School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas ndex.html
Allied and Other Special Operations:
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is charged with preserving and providing public access to state government records and historical documents; meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities; and fostering partnerships to improve library services. The agency operates five programs. They are: Archives and Information Services — Includes Texas State Archives, genealogy services in the Texas Family Heritage Research Center, Reference and Information Center, and the conservation lab, and handles materials cataloging and management of agency records. It also oversees the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. Library Development and Networking — Oversees grants and funding administered by the agency to Texas’ 542 accredited libraries and 320 branches, provides consulting and training to librarians and houses the Library Science Collection. Oversees programs and services that provide information and library materials through networks of Texas libraries and across the Internet with the following programs and services: Library Science Collection, TexShare; the TexNet Interlibrary Loan Network;and the Library of Texas. Serving all types of libraries, including public, academic, school, and special, this Division also provides consulting and continuing education services, and grant opportunities. State and Local Records Management — Helps Texas agencies and local governments comply with records management laws and manages the State Records Center. Talking Book Program — Provides free library services to Texans who cannot read standard print because of physical or reading disabilities.
Number of Service Outlets: Three. Headquarters: Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building: 1201 Brazos St, Austin TX (across from the State Capitol). State Records Center and Talking Book Circulation Department: 4400 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin TX. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center: 650 FM 101, Liberty TX.
Collections: 2010 Total US Docs: 883,606. Texas Docs: 265,117. Books: 117,136. TOTAL: 1,265,859 (volumes). Other Library Materials: 1,589,493 (volumes). Paid Subcriptions: 285.
Staff: 169 staff positions (2012).
Income: $39,294,196 (2010)
Expenditures: $39,260,060 (2010)
Employment Opportunities:


LSTA Five Year Plan:
Other Relevant Links to State Library Publications:

All agency publications are located at Publications include "Texas Public Library Directory," "Texas Public Library Statistics." the agency's current Strategic Plan, and the agency's complete publications list.
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