Debbie Garza, Director of the Midland County Public Library in Midland, Texas, has been appointed to the TexShare Advisory Board (TSAB). Ms. Garza was appointed in August 2020, and her term extends through 2023.
The board is appointed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and is charged by statute to advise the Commission on matters relating to the TexShare Consortium. The Advisory Board includes representatives from community colleges, private universities, publicly funded academic institutions, medical libraries, and public libraries, as well as two representatives of the general public.
TexShare is a statewide resource sharing program designed to improve library service to Texans. Originally a program for academic institutions, today the TexShare Consortium includes public, academic, libraries of clinical medicine, and other types of libraries. TexShare is administered by TSLAC.
“We are pleased and honored to welcome Debbie Garza to the TexShare Advisory board,” said TSLAC Director, State Librarian Mark Smith. “I know Ms. Garza brings her considerable experience to furthering the mission of TexShare, and that Texas libraries and library users benefit greatly from her expertise among a group of committed and active board members.”
TexShare maximizes the effectiveness of library expenditures by enabling libraries to share staff expertise; share library resources in print and electronic formats, including books, journals, technical reports, and databases; pursue joint purchasing agreements for information services; encourage cooperative development and deployment of information resources and technologies.
Ms. Garza has been Director of Midland County Public Library since September 2019. She previously served as Director of the Dawson County Public Library in Lamesa for more than 15 years.
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.