THE LIBRARY OF TEXAS PROJECT HISTORY
(April 2000 - August 2003)
 
Legislative Budget Board update 09-02

Legislative Budget Board update 09-2002

Building on a Strong Foundation -- Implementing the Library of Texas Project

The Library of Texas (LoT) makes use of a partnership between the State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board (TIFB) to provide critical information resources and services to Texans. In the second phase of the Library of Texas project, TSLAC continues its support of the expanded online database program that was initiated in Phase I. Additionally, we are implementing the remaining components of the LoT.

Accomplishments 6/01/02 - 8/31/02:

Electronic Depository Program

1) Developed, implemented, and successfully tested software to run Electronic Depository Program.

2) Reviewed and analyzed Texas state agency compliance with Department of Information Resources (DIR) metadata tagging standards.

3) Developed plans to improve Texas state agency compliance with DIR metadata tagging standards.

4) TSLAC staff members attended training on the Electronic Depository Program software.

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Resource Discovery Service

1) Finalized and disseminated functional requirements for the Resource Discovery Service (the virtual catalog and the search and retrieval interface).

2) Compiled and analyzed data from the Technology Inventory and Assessment of Texas libraries to (a) determine whether a library will be an early, middle, or late adopter of the Resource Discover Service technology (b) identify the technology capabilities of Texas libraries to participate in a Proof of Concept demonstration for the Resource Discovery Service and (c) identify possible challenges to widespread participation on the Resource Discovery Service.

3) Enlisted twenty-three Texas libraries, identified from the Technology Inventory and Assessment, as partners in the Proof of Concept activity.

4) Established guidelines for participation in the proof of concept demonstration for the Resource Discovery Service and issued a call for vendor participation. Eleven vendors have responded.

5) Completed ten product reviews of products popular with libraries offering integrated searching, bringing the total number of reviews up to fourteen.

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TexShare Databases

1) Renewed subscriptions to current suite of TexShare databases through 6/30/03.

2) Selected and purchased electronic serials utility to enhance access to articles in database collection.

3) Enrolled 75 libraries in customized web page service. This service allows patrons of participating libraries expanded access to the databases from their homes and offices and provides enhanced ability to collect usage statistics.

4) Requested and received a $1,000,000 grant from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board for the purpose of purchasing medical databases and ebooks. Grant to run 7/15/02 through 8/31/03.

5) Purchased one-year subscriptions to two new medical databases, including a Spanish language database.

6) Purchased 4,860 ebook titles, including medical ebooks, bringing the collection to a total of 23,118 titles.

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Training

1) Purchased and installed software for Web-based learning application.

2) Completed renovation of training room and installed videoconferencing system at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

3) Received signed Memoranda of Understanding from ten of the eleven regional locations where videoconferencing systems will be installed.

4) Initiated planning process with regional videoconferencing locations for installation of videoconferencing equipment.

5) Continued to provide face-to-face training on the TexShare databases, including a new module on "End User Training and Promotion in Your Library."

6) TSLAC staff members attended training on the web-based learning software.

LOT Evaluation Process

1) Formalized the statements of goals, objectives, and outcomes for each of the components of the Library of Texas project.

2) Created a draft assessment methodology for thee proof of concept demonstrations.

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