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Austin, TX – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new virtual Research Webinars series, free online programming provided by its Archives and Information Services division. TSLAC reference staff will offer virtual versions of the popular Second Saturday workshops formerly provided on site.

Like TSLAC’s other online series, the #TXBookChat virtual series from the Texas Center for the Book, these public presentations will now be held online via Zoom. Renamed Research Webinars, monthly workshops will give participants a brief overview of the collections, resources, and services available at the State Archives.

Each installment will cover a different topic, with each presentation offered twice in 2021. In addition, recordings of the webinars will be available on our website for those who were not able to participate live. The first webinar, Introduction to the State Archives, is part one of a two-part series on the kinds of collections available at TSLAC and the access tools one may use to search them. Part two will take place in February.

After the initial kick-off that was held on Friday, January 29, webinars will occur on the fourth Friday of the month throughout 2021. Other topics include photographic resources, county records, and Texas and U.S. documents. For more information about the webinars and to register for the next session, visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/workshops. Webinars will take place at 1 p.m. and last about 30 minutes.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.