Facts at a Glance

  1. How many TexShare members are there?
     
  2. How many TexShare Databases are there?
     
  3. How many journals, magazines, e-books, and e-media items are included in the TexShare Databases Core?
     
  4. Where does the database money come from?
     
  5. How much would it cost individual libraries to subscribe to the core set of TexShare Databases?
     
  6. How much are the TexShare Databases used?

  7. Do patrons really use the TexShare Cards?

1. How many TexShare members are there?

Total: 678 as of October 1, 2017

Breakdown:

  TexShare Members Card Program Participants Databases Program Participants
Academic - Community College 65 65 65
Academic - 4 Year Private 45 40 44
Academic - 4 Year Public 36 35 36
Academic - Medical/Health Science 12 10 12
Library of Clinical Medicine 3 2 3
Public Library 517 374 475
TexShare Affiliate 8 4 0

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2. How many TexShare Databases are there?

Number of core databases: 71

All Core databases are available to all TexShare member libraries participating in the Databases Program.

Breakdown (click on details link below for more information):

  • 7 Business
  • 2 Career Development
  • 9 General
  • 6 Health and Medicine
  • 6 Genealogy and History
  • 12 Homework and Education
  • 1 Language Learning
  • 13 Literature
  • 1 Newspapers
  • 11 Science and Technology
  • 3 Spanish Language

(updated October 29, 2017)

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3. How many journals, magazines, e-books, and e-media items are included in the TexShare Databases Core?

TexShare Core Materials Count FY2018
Vendor: Resource e-media
materials
e-book titles
(full-text)
e-serials titles
(full-text)
Adam Matthew Digital: American Indian Histories and Cultures 92,293    
Adam Matthew Digital: The American West: Images 78,866    
EBSCO 5,319,635 5,681 14,613
EBSCO: LearningExpress Library   223  
GaleCengage Learning 516,307 4,282 5,322
Pronunciator 41,986 4,080  
ProQuest: HeritageQuest Online 7,878,731 22,181  
ProQuest: Sanborn Maps of Texas 2,118    
ProQuest: eBook Central   114,721  
ProQuest: SciTech Premium 16,186 129 5,660
TeachingBooks.net 50,591    
Total: 13,996,713 151,297 25,595

*as of November 20, 2017. Counts come from vendor supplied information.

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4. Where does the database money come from?

The TexShare Databases are funded by the State of Texas, TexShare member institutions, and a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. In state Fiscal Year 2017, member participation fees provided roughly one-quarter of the funding, with almost one half coming from state funds and the remaining amount from federal funds. The total cost of the TexShare electronic resources was slightly more than $9.25 million.

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5. How much would it cost individual libraries to subscribe to the core set of TexShare Databases?

It would have cost TexShare member libraries a total of  $119,843,545 to purchase the electronic resource subscriptions that were purchased by the TSLAC for $9,254,993 in state fiscal year 2017. 

For information on how much a particular TexShare library saves by participating in the TexShare database service, go to Find-A-Library and search for the library of interest. Select “TexShare Participation Summary Report” to see the value of TexShare to that library.

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6. How much are the TexShare Databases used?

In state fiscal year 2017, more than 76.5 million individual resource records were viewed by users of the TexShare Databases, and over 30 million articles, books, images, and other materials were accessed or downloaded. Individual libraries can request information about their patrons’ usage by contacting us at texshare@tsl.texas.gov.

7. Do patrons really use the TexShare Cards?

In state fiscal year 2017, more than 28,000 patrons of the 530 TexShare member libraries that participate in the Card program used their TexShare Cards to borrow more than 470,000 books, DVDs, and other items from other participating libraries. Only 356 of those items were not returned, for a total program cost to participating libraries of less than $14,000.

Contact TexShare

TexShare Coordinator
Texas State Library and Archives
PO Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711-2927
512-463-5433 or 800-252-9386
512-936-2306 Fax
Email: texshare@tsl.texas.gov

Page last modified: March 20, 2018