PART I: SECONDARY DATA REPORT

VIII. TexNet INTERLIBRARY LOAN

The TexNet Interlibrary Loan (ILL) project has five components:

  • TexNet Centers
  • TexNet Management
  • Texas Union List of Serials (UTXL)
  • Texas Group
  • Project Loan

1. TexNet Funding

TexNet Funding for the five projects varied from year to year. The funding for the TexNet Centers peaked in 1999 and declined in both 2000 and 2001. The funding for TexNet Management declined in 1999, increased in 2000 and declined in 2001 to the lowest level, due to a position vacancy. The funding for the Texas Group declined in 1999 and 2000 and increased significantly in 2001. The funding for UTXL declined every year since 1998. The funding for Project Loan increased both in 2000 and 2001. Overall funding increased each year.

Table VIII.1

TexNet ILL

1998

1999

2000

2001

TexNet Centers

$1,698,392

$1,817,695

$1,942,329

$1,757,176

TexNet Management

$ 52,296

$ 51,704

$ 61,078

$ 31,073

Texas Group

$ 222,100

$ 181,469

$ 164,935

$ 382,550

UTXL

$ 1,056

$ 1,050

$ 615

$ 650

Project LOAN

$ 127,900

$ 127,500

$ 143,000

$149,400

TOTAL

$2,101,744

$2,179,418

$2,311,957

$2,320,199

Between 1998 and 2001, overall funding for the TexNet ILL increased 10 percent. Funding increases over this period were realized by the Texas Group (72 percent), Project Loan (17 percent), and TexNet Centers (four percent).

Table VIII.2

TexNet ILL

1999 -1998 Change

2000-1999 Change

2001-2000 Change

1998-2001 Change

TexNet Centers

7.0%

6.8%

- 9.5%

5.9%

TexNet Management

-1.1%

18.1%

-49.1%

-66.0%

Texas Group

-18.3%

- 9.1%

131.9%

72.2%

UTXL

- 0.6%

-41.4%

*

*

Project LOAN

- 0.3%

12.2%

4.5%

16.8%

TOTAL

3.7%

6.1%

3.6%

10.4%

2. TexNet Centers

TexNet Centers provide interlibrary lending and referral services to smaller libraries within their service regions through 10 TexNet Centers: the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the state's 9 largest public libraries.(Note: the El Paso center closed in 1999) These centers received individual grants, as listed below:

Table VIII.3

Public Libraries

1998

1999

2000

2001

Abilene

$ 62,788

$ 66,435

$ 66,344

$ 70,068

Amarillo

$ 120,237

$ 106,795

$ 115,842

$ 93,339

Austin

$ 178,362

$ 219,747

$ 226,883

$ 250,752

Corpus Christi

$ 136,834

$ 132,548

$ 137,974

$ 137,514

Dallas

$ 363,615

$ 380,860

$ 387,633

$ 314,194

El Paso

$ 62,992

$ 70,555

 

 

Ft. Worth

$ 181,645

$ 195,256

$ 207,606

$ 224,286

Houston

$ 315,959

$ 352,452

$ 365,344

$ 357,545

Lubbock

$ 56,581

$ 56,820

$ 63,990

$ 61,763

San Antonio

$ 180,185

$ 199,512

$ 194,608

$ 206,604

TSLAC

 

$ 40,251

$ 39,044

$ 41,111

Total

$1,659,188

$1,817,695

$1,942,329

$1,757,176

Funding for the TexNet Centers increased from 1999 to 2000 and decreased in 2001. Funding for each center varied across the four years.

3. TexNet Management

TSLAC uses LSTA funds to manage the ILL statewide program. The project covers management of the TexNet Centers' grants, the Texas Group, Project Loan, and the Texas Union List of Serials.

Table VIII.4

Provider

1998

1999

2000

2001

TSLAC

$91,500

$51,704

$61,078

$31,073

Overall, the TSLAC TexNet Management grant decreased by 66 percent over the four-year period. The grant was largest in 1998 and smallest in 2001 due to a position vacancy.

4. Texas Group

The Texas Group consists of the TexNet Centers as well as public libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries. The Texas Group enables smaller libraries that are not OCLC members to join with full OCLC members to use the OCLC system to process their interlibrary loans. OCLC costs for the Texas Group member public libraries are funded through a contract with AMIGOS. The Texas Group also allows these libraries to make their collections more available for resource sharing, increase local control, and improve borrowing turnaround time.

The funding for the Texas Group decreased in 1999 and 2000 and increased 132 percent in 2001 from its 2000 level.

Table VIII.5

 

1998

1999

2000

2001

Texas Group

$222,100

$181,469

$164,935

$382,550

In FY 1998 the Texas Group had 72 public libraries, including the TexNet centers, 78 academic libraries, and 23 special libraries.

In FY 1999 and in FY 2000 the Texas Group consisted of 78 public libraries including the TexNet centers, 82 academic libraries, and 24 special libraries.

In FY 2001 the Texas Group had of 93 public libraries including the TexNet centers, 88 academic libraries, and 25 special libraries.

The number of libraries in the Texas Group grew 19 percent between 1998 and 2001. The greatest growth was in the number of public libraries: it increased 29 percent between 1998 and 2001. The number of academic libraries in the Texas Group increased the least: it increased by about nine percent during this period.

Table VIII.6

Type of Libraries

1998

Percent Change

1999

Percent Change

2000

Percent Change

2001

1998-2001 Percent Change

Public

72

8.3%

78

0.0%

78

19.2%

93

29.2%

Academic

78

5.1%

82

0.0%

82

7.3%

88

12.8%

Special

23

4.3%

24

0.0%

24

4.2%

25

8.7%

Total

173

6.3%

184

0.0%

184

11.9%

206

19.1%

5. Texas Union List of Serials (UTXL)

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission sponsors an online union list of serial holdings of many Texas libraries (referred to as UTXL). The database consists of over 115,000 titles and over 662,000 locations. The Texas Union List of serials (UTXL) consists of a database of the serial holdings of 106 Texas libraries, including 77 academic, 12 public, one school district, and 16 special libraries. The OCLC database is used in interlibrary lending. AMIGOS manages and maintains this database.

The funds allocated to the UTXL decreased over the 1998-2001 period, as shown the table below.

Table VIII.7

 

1998

1999

2000

2001

UTXL

$1,056

$1,050

$615

$650

6. Project Loan

This project reimburses libraries for a portion of their costs for providing loans to Texas public libraries. Through Project LOAN grants, libraries are reimbursed at a fixed rate per net loan for loans made to public libraries.

Funding for Project Loan increased in 2000 and 2001 by 12 and 4.5 percent, respectively.

Table VIII.8

 

1998

1999

2000

2001

Project LOAN

$127,900

$127,500

$143,000

$149,400

7. Performance Measures

TexNet ILL developed performance measures that represent TexNet centers' and project efficiency. The performance measures include:

  • Number of transactions
  • Transactions per staff member
  • Cost per transaction
  • Number of requests
  • Cost per request
  • Number of fills
  • Cost per fill
  • Fills from collection
  • Cost per fill from collection
  • Turnaround time

These performance measures are analyzed by

  • Requests from region and requests outside of region
  • Requests by type of library (public, academic, special)

The performance data demonstrated clearly which centers were more productive and efficient and which activities required greater resources. For example, cost per transaction increased 7.7 percent in 1999 from 1998 and 20.5 percent from 1999 to 2000. Cost per fill increased 8.1 percent from 1998 to 1999 and 18.2 percent from 1999 to 2000. Cost per request increased 10.6 percent from 1998 to 1999, and cost per fill from collection increased 8.1 percent during that period.

Table VIII.9

Performance Measures

1998

1999

2000

2001

Cost per Transaction

$ 4.79

$ 5.16

$6.22

$5.91

Cost per Fill

$ 8.59

$ 9.29

$10.98

$10.55

Cost per Request

$ 5.47

$ 6.05

$7.04

$6.64

Cost per Fill per Collection

$12.75

$13.78

$16.39

$15.65

A comparison of in region and out of region percent requests filled in 1998 and 1999 showed the following:

In 1998, San Antonio had the highest percent of ICL requests filled and Lubbock had the lowest. San Antonio and Amarillo had the highest percent of total requests filled; Fort Worth had the lowest. Lubbock had the highest percent of requests from out of region libraries filled and Houston had the lowest.

In 1999, San Antonio had the highest percent of ICL in region requests filled and Lubbock had the lowest. Amarillo had the highest percent of total requests filled. El Paso and Austin had the lowest. Lubbock had the highest out of region requests from libraries filled. Abilene had the lowest.

Table VIII.10

Libraries

Requests From Region

Requests from Outside of Region

% Area Libraries Requests Filled by ICL

% ILC Users Requests Filled

% of Total Requests Filled

% of Total Requests from Other Libraries Filled

1998

1999

1999-98 Change

1998

1999

1999-98 Change

1998

1999

1999-98 Change

1998

1999

1999-98 Change

Abilene

35%

34%

-1%

79%

82%

3%

84%

84%

0%

42%

36%

-6%

Amarillo

51%

51%

0%

85%

84%

-1%

89%

88%

-1%

54%

56%

2%

Austin

43%

41%

-2%

71%

70%

-1%

78%

78%

0%

42%

41%

-1%

Corpus Christi

43%

44%

1%

73%

72%

-1%

82%

83%

1%

57%

57%

0%

Dallas

44%

45%

1%

58%

68%

10%

75%

80%

5%

40%

44%

4%

El Paso

46%

41%

-5%

77%

76%

-1%

81%

78%

-3%

28%

38%

10%

Ft. Worth

37%

37%

0%

72%

67%

-5%

75%

80%

5%

41%

45%

4%

Houston

49%

52%

3%

73%

74%

1%

84%

85%

1%

37%

35%

-2%

Lubbock

23%

21%

-2%

79%

83%

4%

76%

79%

3%

70%

73%

3%

San Antonio

66%

69%

3%

77%

77%

0%

85%

84%

-1%

48%

56%

8%

TSLAC

0.0%

0.0%

0%

65%

72%

7%

72%

82%

10%

40%

40%

0%

TOTAL

44%

45%

1%

74%

75%

1%

81%

82%

1%

44%

46%

2%

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