Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Library Development Division:
An Inventory of the Texas Conference on Libraries and Information Services Records at the Texas State Archives, 1970-1978 (bulk 1978)
The Texas Conference on Library and Information Services (TCLIS) was one of more than fifty conferences held in the states and territories in preparation for the White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIS) held in Washington from October 28 to November 2 of 1979. The call for the conference was contained in Public Law (PL) 93-568 that was a joint resolution passed by the 93rd Congress on December 31, 1974. The stated purpose of the White House Conference was "...to develop recommendations for the further improvement of the Nation's libraries and information centers and their use by the public." This legislation authorized the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) to make technical and financial assistance available to the states and territories to enable them to organize and conduct conferences and other meetings as needed in preparation for the White House Conference.
Town Hall Meetings were held throughout Texas on September 12, 1978 to gather community input and recommendations for the 200 TCLIS delegates to consider at the conference held in Austin November 16-18, 1978. From the 200 delegates to TCLIS, 19 delegates and 8 alternates were selected to attend the WHCLIS. Final resolutions were drafted at the TCLIS to be brought by the Texas delegation for consideration at the WHCLIS.
These records of the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission consist largely of correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, newsclippings, address lists, status reports, press releases and meeting agenda. Records date from 1970 to 1978 with the bulk of the material dated 1978. Correspondents include staff from the Texas State Library, members of various committees and task forces and delegates to the conferences. Records reflect the management, negotiations, finances, rules, procedures, logistics, and details involved in coordinating Texas Conference on Library and Information Services (TCLIS) and in the election and orientation processes for delegates and alternates to both the TCLIS and the White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIS).
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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Accession number: 1992/071
These records were transferred to the Texas State Archives by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on February 21, 1992.
Lisa M. H. Luján, May 1993
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