January 23, 2022

Primary Documents: Bexar County, Texas Signs Contracts With 3M and Polaris For BiblioTech All-Digital Library System

In the past week infoDOCKET shared a couple of items about work moving forward on BiblioTech, the all-digital library system in Bexar County, Texas that was first announced about five months ago. This week contracts with 3M for the 3M Cloud Library ($275,000/year) and Polaris (will not exceed $18,000) were approved by Bexar County officials. […]

Texas: Thefts Cost Austin Public Library System More Than $1 Million in Five Years

From The Austin American-Statesman: In a given month, nearly 500,000 items churn through the Austin Public Library System’s 21 libraries — books, music CDs, movies and magazines that are lent to users with a promise to return them by their due dates. But an American-Statesman/KVUE News joint review shows that $1.1 million in taxpayer-purchased inventory […]

Texas: Holocaust Library Files Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Bookseller

From WOAI (San Antonio): A New York-based bookseller accused of buying stolen, historical Holocaust documents will be coming to a San Antonio court. The Mazal Holocaust Library located in Hill Country Village has filed a million dollar lawsuit against Dan Wyman for at least 25 percent of the remaining historical items that have not been […]

Texas: Houston Librarians Keep a Wary Eye for Counterfeit Bills

From the The Houston Chronicle: While on its mission to provide free information, the Houston Public Library has to swat at the occasional counterfeiter. At each of Houston’s 42 public library sites, equipment at the circulation desk includes a counterfeit detector pen. Widely available at office supply stores, the pen contains a solution that detects bills printed […]

Official Website of the State of Texas Portal Goes Mobile

From the News Release: Texas.gov, the official website of the State of Texas, proudly announces the launch of m.texas.gov – a mobile-friendly site that lets Texans access government services anytime, anywhere with any device. Since the launch of Texas.gov in 2010, web analytics indicate that mobile visits are growing steadily. Every day, more than 6,800 […]

Cool! Mapping Texts: Interactively Visualize Trends Found in 230 Years of Texas Newspapers

From The Stanford Report: An all-consuming public interest in family, religion and football in modern rural Texas is just one of the cultural snapshots that can be culled from Mapping Texts, a new interactive database that generates graphical interpretations of language trends embedded in over 230,000 pages of Texas newspapers from the late 1820s through […]

Video: A Solar Powered Public Library: “Texas Library Runs on Sunshine”

From KXAS-TV (El Paso): Texas’ West Irving Library is going green, operating completely on solar power. Casey Tate, Irving Capital Improvement Program director, said the city received a $1.1 million grant from the Department of Energy to build the library. The grant funded two-thirds of the total cost for the solar panel system. [Clip] “In […]

U. of Houston Libraries Promotes Use of Images from UH Digital Library with Launch of "Image Cafe"

From a University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections Blog Post: Image Café is a great new service that presents some of the most interesting images from the UH Digital Library. From within the Image Café you can browse and download images, find computer wallpapers, or get batches of images organized by theme. You can also […]

Texas: Austin's New Central Library to Go Beyond Just Books

From the Austin American-Statesman: John Gillum started working for the Austin Public Library system in 1979, the year what’s now the John Henry Faulk Central Library opened. At the time, the city was less the half its current size. The library system used computers to manage its circulation, but personal computers weren’t considered an essential […]

Texas: UNT Libraries Placing Historic Maps from UT Arlington’s Collection Online

From the University of North Texas News Service: Around 1770, a Franciscan priest captured the topography, missions and presidios north and south of the Rio Grande to reveal the presence of Christianity in portions of the region. This manuscript map, created in ink, watercolor and gold on vellum, was one of the first to show […]