Angela Valenzuela (based at UT) founded the "Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas" blogsite. It is self-described as "This blog on Texas education contains posts on accountability, testing, dropouts, bilingual education, immigration, school finance, race, class, and gender issues with additional focus at the national level. This blog reflects the work and contributions of both University of Texas Professor Angela Valenzuela and UT Education, Policy and Planning graduate student, Patricia Lopez." Some recent posts include
Read more at http://texasedequity.blogspot.com/
Will's Other Texana Blogs
KENS Channel 5 television has a history blog of San Antonio - SA History. Chris Marrou is the reporter. Marrou files stories weekly at about 300 words in length with two or more graphics each. The images are from diverse repositories and services. The stories are often spurred by a story of modern times with a historical connection, eg.,.
http://www.beloblog.com/KENS5/sahistory/2009/03/comparing-today-to-the-depress.html but some are just good to re-live, like when Elvis came to town http://www.beloblog.com/KENS5/sahistory/2009/04/the-day-the-music-began.html
Thanks, Chris and Belo. More newspapers should capitalize on their information resources this way. http://www.beloblog.com/KENS5/sahistory/
San Antonio Public Library's Texas / Genealogy departmental Texana staff started a blog last February called "San Antonio Remembers." It combines at least 5 identifiable components: selected typical images (photos, posters, etc.), newspaper clippings, a "this day in San Antonio history," occasional interpretative essaylets of the material, and occasional gestures to San Antonio snippets on other webpages. It's a good combination. A particular bright point is their ability to insert photo slide shows as well as single photographs. The website is more dynamic and useful. I do suggest that they adopt a logo for easy visual remembrance. Maybe they'll be able to provide short lists of new SA books (librarians are like that). Congratulations!
This continuing sharing of SAPL's material is admirable. Instead of hiding behind procedures, policies, prices, and protocols, they've found an easy way of promoting the institution and increasing the public's awareness of this public commodity, enabling users to use the material in this fashion, to solicit public infomation about the collection, and demonstrate SAPL's genuine desire and ability to serve the public while maintaining the material's physical integrity. They also do a good job of tagging the entries.
Other Texana collections are advised to see SAPL's work for possible emulation.
Stephen F. Austin State University's successful TIDES program to assist teachers and students now has its own blog at http://tidessfasu.blogspot.com/ in addition to its regular site http://tides.sfasu.edu/
TIDES: Teaching, Images, & Digital Experiences
Its self-description : "Providing a free database of primary source documents, lesson plans for educators, and virtual expeditions while building community partnerships and preserving the history and culture of East Texas and beyond."