Join us on August 6, 2020 for a free virtual conference, with sessions focusing on resource sharing programs from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Speakers will present information on statewide interlibrary loan, the TexShare Card program, TexShare Database instruction, and the courier program.
With tracks for academic and public libraries, all library staff are welcome and encouraged to attend!
DATE: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:00 am – 3:15 pm LOCATION: Online COST: Free
The TExpress statewide courier program, managed by Amigos Library Services, offers 5-day, 3-day or 2-day a week courier service to participating libraries throughout Texas for one annual fee. In addition to delivery between participating Texas libraries, participation in the TExpress courier service also includes delivery to other Trans-Amigos Express courier libraries served by Amigos at no additional cost, including libraries in Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides subscription subsidies for eligible TexShare libraries participating in the courier program. Subscription fees and subsidies for FY 2020, September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020, are:
The TexShare subscription to HeritageQuest Online® will end on March 31, 2019. In December 2018, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission solicited online genealogy resources for the TexShare Databases Program. We specifically asked for resources that included a complete set of fully indexed US Census records with digitized images of the original records; we also expressed interest in additional schedules and records, ebooks, maps, and reference materials.
In the end, we were unable to enter into a contract with the qualified vendors who responded to our solicitation. We have re-posted the solicitation, but we will not be able to get a resource in place by April 1. Our earliest estimate for adding a new resource is May 1.
Because of the nature of TexShare, and the scope of the TexShare Databases Program, we require resources that can meet our technical specifications, listed at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/techrequirements.html. Some of our specifications, such as conformance to Section 508, the federal accessibility standards, are required by Texas statute and by our federal funders. This can be a difficult standard to meet, particularly for genealogy and historical resources that rely on digitized images of original records.
While we are, at least temporarily, without genealogy content in the TexShare Databases core, there are other options for our libraries. Most of the content in genealogy sites like HeritageQuest Online® is in the public domain and so free of copyright restrictions. Any records or schedules created by the federal government are in the public domain, and many remaining records and publications are public domain due to their age. Because of this, much of the content in HeritageQuest Online® can be found in other free sources.
In order to provide support in this content area, we are working to compile a list of free alternatives for libraries to share with their patrons. Here are a few resources to start:
Family Search, provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, offers free access to numerous historical record collections from around the world. This is an important source for census records, Freedman’s Bank records, Native American census rolls, the U.S. Social Security Death Index, and marriage, birth and baptismal records from around the world. They also have a significant collection of family history books digitized from partner libraries, including the Allen County Public Library (IN) and the Dallas Public Library. Notes: Access to FamilySearch records requires a free FamilySearch account. TSLAC has not reviewed this resource for accessibility.
Ancestry.com Texas allows free access to additional TSLAC records that have been digitized by Ancestry and those materials are made available to Texas residents. Note: This access requires the creation of a free Ancestry.com Texas account.
We are planning webinars on these and other genealogy resources to help you meet your patrons’ needs. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.