Austin, TX – Amanda Barrera, Director of Library Services for the City of Amarillo, and Betsy Evans, Director of Library and Research Technologies for the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library and Archives of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, have been appointed to the TexShare Advisory Board (TSAB). Daniel E. Burgard, Executive Director, Library and Information Services, and Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, University of North Texas Health Science Center, was also reappointed to an additional term. All three appointees have terms extending through 2025.
The TSAB 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 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 to welcome Amanda Barrera and Betsy Evans to the TexShare Advisory Board,” said TSLAC Director and Librarian Gloria Meraz. “Their experience will greatly benefit Texas libraries and their patrons among a group of committed continuing 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; and encourage cooperative development and deployment of information resources and technologies.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information needed 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 tsl.texas.gov.