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VA Library Receives Special Projects Grant to Archive Leader

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to Van Alstyne Public Library under its Special Projects grant program. Van Alstyne Public Library will purchase a ScanPro 800 microfilm carriage and have 18 years of the Van Alstyne Leader microfilmed over the next year. Patrons will ultimately be able to research issues of the Leader all the way back to 1898. The ScanPro 800 will interface with a computer allowing the researcher to save an image to a flash drive or print the article they are viewing.

This project is just one of 70 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. “These federal dollars augment local funds and help local libraries fulfill their roles as valuable community resources,” says TSLAC Interim Director and Librarian Edward Seidenberg.TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. For the 2014 fiscal year, which runs from September 1, 2013, to August 31, 2014, TSLAC has awarded approximately $1.6 million in competitive grants. The Special Projects grant program provides funds for programs that expand library services to all members of a library’s community, including those populations with special needs.

“We are so pleased to be able to complete our collection of Van Alstyne Leader newspapers in a format that will be available to researchers for years to come. A wealth of local and county information is in these newspaper issues, including school events, city activities, obituaries and other local history,” said Tracy Luscombe, Library Director.

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission was formed in 1909 and is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs they can use to improve their lives and communities. It provides historical and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.state.tx.us.

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