TexShare Advisory Board Meeting

10:15 AM until 1:00 PM on March 31, 2006

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

1201 Brazos, room 314

Austin, TX


1. Minutes from the January 27, 2006 meeting were approved.

2. No public comment.

3. Recommendations from Database Fees Task Force: Martha Tandy reported.

Issue #1: In response to the board’s request (January 2006) to adjust the fee schedule to accommodate the situation of very small struggling institutions, the task force recommended the following adjustment:: after running the original formula, if the database fee assessed is over 10% of the institution’s information resources expenditures, then the fee assessed to that institution will be lowered to 10% of its resources budget. Based on the FY06 assessments, this change would have affected 4 academic institutions: Jacksonville College, Ranger College, Clarendon College, and Western Texas College. The board approved this recommendation.

Issue #2: In order to implement the board decision (July 2005) that academic membership in TexShare be administered in a manner consistent with statute, the task force brought two recommendations:

A. When two academic institutions share a library, they will be assessed fees as separate institutions, but one invoice (with two lines) will be sent to the library that serves both institutions. The board approved this recommendation.

B. Baylor College of Medicine, an institution served by the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library, should be asked to join TexShare, and HAM-TMC should be assessed a fee for both the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and for Baylor College of Medicine. Currently, all of the institutions served by the HAM-TMC library are assessed a fee through their home institutions.

The board engaged in a lengthy debate. Members of the board recognized HAM-TMC’s long history in TexShare as a single library. They acknowledged that the institutional model for HAM-TMC is not well reflected by the TexShare membership and fee categories. The board asked that TSLAC staff contact Baylor College of Medicine in order to establish its institutional membership in TexShare. Action on this recommendation was tabled pending a staff report back at the next board meeting.

4. THDI Update: Danielle Cunniff Plumer, THDI Coordinator, presented background information and a status report on THDI. She also reviewed funding for THDI. Dr. Cunniff Plumer reported that she is aware of TexShare member libraries’ interest in restoring TexTreasures grants, but she is unable to make predictions about funding and restoration at this time.

5. TSLAC Update: Peggy Rudd reported on the Sunset Review process. She also reported on the progress of the building renovation, and noted the two new Commissioners, Sharon Carr and Sally Reynolds.

6. Working Group Reports

A. Card Program: No report.

B. Courier Service Program: Jo Anne Hawkins reported.

  • The combined ILL/Courier Working Group held its first meeting in Austin on March 3, 2006.
  • WG reviewed the history of the ILL and Courier working groups, discussed the charge of the combined group, discussed the role of the Amigos liaison, and responded to his questions about information the WG needs from him.
  • TSLAC staff requested suggestions from the WG for the redesign of the combined WG web site, which they will draft for WG review.
  • WG members volunteered to call staff of 32 libraries that have not submitted TExpress statistics.
  • Amigos liaison, Tim Prather, reported: Amigos is updating ILL contact information, addressing the problem of shipments to libraries that have withdrawn from TExpress, and will maintain a list of these libraries at the end of the list of participating TExpress libraries on the web. Tim will check into what happens to misdirected packages that arrive at Amigos, and he will also check into current label requirements. To help address the problem of misdirected packages, WG members may write a short piece for the Express Gazette.
  • The new statistics reporting form on the web has been enthusiastically received.
  • Tim Prather commented on the Rethinking Resource Sharing Forum, a Big 10 group that met in November 2005. The group has received an IMLS grant and is investigating a national courier service that links regional delivery systems.
  • TSLAC is renewing the TExpress contract with Amigos. TSLAC will notify TExpress participants of the cost of next year’s contract as soon as this information is available.
  • WG members elected Mark Dolive as incoming chair for the term September 1, 2006, through August 31, 2007.
  • The WG discussed the ILL workshop and made decisions as follows:

    One day, with a one-day pre-conference. Location is Austin on Friday, September 29th. Theme is “Riding the Tide and Keeping Your Boat Afloat.” Catherine Hamer and Jo Anne Hawkins agreed to identify speakers for individual and panel presentations. Sue Bennett will handle contract details. The University of Texas Libraries will serve as agent to receive registrations as it has done in the past. Kate Cordts will follow up with potential MCs. Library of the Year Award Committee will solicit nominations on the conference web site. TSLAC will provide technical support and will host the web site.

C. Education Services Program: No report.

D. Electronic Information: Sue Phillips reported for Syma Zerkow. Ms. Phillips thanked Russlene Waukechon and TSLAC staff for their hard work during the database bid process.

Responses to the RFO for databases have been received; thirteen vendors responded. Trials to all of the proposed databases were open to all TexShare members. The State Library developed an excellent gateway from a single web page that also offered users the opportunity to submit their comments. The EIWG, including representatives from the K-12 library community, met April 3-4 in Austin for live demos. Immediately following the demos, the Working Group made their recommendations to the State Library. Waukechon thanked UT for hosting trials.

Rudd suggested meeting with representative of EIWG regarding legislative appropriation.

E. Communications: Greg Tramel reported.

The Working Group met in Austin on March 3, 2006 to finalize the TexShare Communication Plan Workbook: A Step-by-Step Customizable Marketing Guide for TexShare Member Libraries which will be distributed at the TLA 2006 Annual Conference program “Kindle Your Community's Infatuation with TexShare: Marketing enhances awareness and builds community support for statewide resource sharing.“

Workbook sections include: strategic challenges facing Texas libraries, target audiences, market research, goals and objectives, strategies & tactics, budget, evaluation, and an appendix with further resources to aid in reminding the public about the value of libraries and increasing the awareness of all library services. This in turn should assist in generating more funding and support for libraries, and ensure libraries have a say in key public policy decisions. A CD will accompany the workbook with the updated TexSharing Toolkit, and including the customizable TexShare Communication Plan Workbook. It will also be available online on the TexShare web site.

The planning for the revamping of the TexShare web site is in progress. Determining goals and audience for stage one has been completed. The goal of the TexShare web site is to provide news, program and working group information, services, and resources about the TexShare consortium clearly and easily to target audiences with different information needs. We are ready to begin stage two for revamping the TexShare web site, which is organizing the site structure.

A joint banner was created by ECS-20 to be used in a joint booth at several Educational Service Center conferences and school librarian conferences this year.

F. Library of Texas: Jeanette Mosey reported.

Recent changes made to the Library of Texas (LoT) interface are mostly cosmetic -- showing more bibliographic data on the brief results page, and providing increased contrast and larger text size.

TSLAC obtained Legislative Budget Board (LBB) permission to exceed the capital budget and issued an RFO for work on further LoT enhancements. The RFO includes items on the LoT Working Group priority list, as well as items needed for LoT to search digitized special collections (part of the grant for the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative).

Thanks to WG member Adam Wright's contacts, Diane Neal at Texas Woman's University (TWU), contacted the State Library regarding a grant proposal she has submitted to develop a usability lab at TWU. As part of her proposal, Ms. Neal will specify use of the lab for consultation on design of the THDI interface.

The next meeting of the LoT Working Group will be on July 10th in Austin.

7. Strategic Partner Reports

A. University of Texas at Austin: Sue Phillips reported on the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) meeting held March 26-29 in Philadelphia. Russlene Waukechon and Ann Mason also attended. In addition to consortia from the US, consortia from Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Greece, & Australia were represented. Vendors presented new statistical gathering statistics. Ms. Mason presented on the TexShare communication plan. There were sessions with various publishers on electronic information.

B. Amigos: Tim Prather reported. He made note of a revision to the courier statistics gathering form.

C. ESC-20: Susanna Garza sent a report. ESC-20 has been very active in creating material to inform K-12 school libraries about TexShare databases. They have worked with Transition Task Force members on a communication plan, sent a letter to all ESC Executive Directors explaining the importance of the K-12 TexShare program, and created a web site for the program including FAQs, a blog, a toolkit, and other useful information.

8. Administrative Report: Beverley Shirley reported.

A. TexShare Database Fees: As of March 20, 2006, we have collected $1,510,800 of the TexShare FY06 Database Program Fees. 637 libraries have paid.

B. TexShare Databases: The solicitation for bids for databases for the TexShare core database program was posted on February 1, 2006. Bids were opened on March 3, 2006 and are currently under review. Databases that have been proposed for the TexShare program are available in a statewide trial for TexShare members from March 6 to March 31. The trial for public school libraries was more difficult to establish, running from March 17 to March 31. As of March 22nd, 238 comments had been received on the trials. A recommendation for award will be presented to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at its April, 2006 meeting. Our partners at ESC-20 will start accepting orders for the public school library database package as soon as we have commission approval for a product. We have mounted FAQs on the purchasing process for TexShare members and for public school libraries addressing issues of concern.

C. Task Force on Database Fees: The Task Force on Database fees met via telephone conference call on February 6, 2006.

D. Public School Library Participation: To date, no comments have been received on the Texas Register posting regarding criteria for public school library participation in group purchasing activities for TexShare.

At its teleconference on March 1, 2006, the Transition Task Force discussed issues related to database contract start dates and public school budget cycles, database training, and an FAQ to address the questions of public school libraries.

E. TexShare Annual Report: The results of the TexShare Annual report for FY2005 have been tabulated and illustrate a high level of support for the program. There were also several suggestions for improvement that will be turned over to TexShare working groups to address.

F. Tracking consortia and opportunities: In partnership with our strategic partners at Amigos Library Services, we have created a Web application to assist TexShare members locate partnerships that will yield the best discounted pricing available to them for database purchases.

G. Library of Texas RFO: TSLAC issued an RFO to accomplish several substantial enhancements to the Library of Texas interface. The RFO closed on March 16, 2006 and bids are under review.

H. Outreach: With the assistance of the TexShare Communications Working Group, we have completed a workbook and toolkit to assist member libraries in developing a communication plan for their libraries, including TexShare services as part of their communications and marketing.

I. TLA Programs: TLA Programs sponsored by LRS include:

  • “Kindle Your Community's Infatuation with TexShare” on creating an effective marketing plan for TexShare services.
  • “Fired up for TexShare” explaining TexShare governance and database selection process.
  • “Sleepless in Cyberspace” exploring the TexShare genealogical databases.
  • “A Lot to LoT” preconference training on use of the LoT resource discovery tool.
  • “Promoting the LoT” on methods for informing your community about the benefits of LoT.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about programs for next year. If you have ideas about what type of TexShare-related programs you would like to see us sponsor, please forward those ideas to Ann Mason (ann.mason@tsl.texas.gov).

Next board meeting will be June 30, 2006.


TexShare Advisory Board Members:

Eileen Altmiller, St. Edward’s University

Nancy Anderson, Howard Payne University

Steve Brown, North Richland Hills Public Library

Cathy Dean, San Antonio

Doug Ferrier, University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College

Kathy Hoffman, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Larry Justiss, Tom Green County Library System

Dennis Michaelis, McLennan Community College

Loriene Roy, UT Austin School of Information

Martha Tandy, Weatherford College

Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

Dave Hardy, Library Resource Sharing Division

Ann Mason, Library Resource Sharing Division

Danielle Plumer, Library Resource Sharing Division

Peggy Rudd, State Librarian

Beverley Shirley, Library Resource Sharing Division

Russlene Waukechon, Library Resource Sharing Division

Working Group Chairs/Liaisons:

Jo Anne Hawkins, UT Austin, ILL/Courier Services WG

Jeanette Mosey, Austin Community College, Library of Texas WG

Jeff Steely, Baylor University, ILL/Courier WG

Greg Tramel, Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Communications WG

Strategic Partners:

Sue Phillips, University of Texas at Austin

Tim Prather, Amigos Library Services


Elizabeth Puthoff, ICUT

Amy Trost, Sunset Commission

Katharine Teleki, Sunset Commission

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