TexShare is a consortium of Texas libraries joining together to share print and electronic materials, purchase online resources, and combine staff expertise.
TexShare services are available to patrons of participating member libraries all across Texas, regardless of institution type, size, or location. The consortium is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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TSLAC opens 2016 competitive grants cycle; Applications due March 8, 2015
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently opened the application cycle for FY 2016 grants. Approximately $1.75 million will be available to support eligible library programs and services through its five competitive grant programs. Maximum grant awards will range from $3,000 to $75,000.
New options are also available for TexTreasures grants. The TexTreasures Basic grant will award up to $7,500 to small libraries to process collections of local or regional significance and make them accessible to the larger community. TexTreasures Original grants will continue to fund larger projects, but the maximum awards have been increased to $25,000 for single institutions and $35,000 for collaborative projects.
The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 8, 2015; grants will be awarded in August 2015. Funded projects will run September 1, 2015—August 31, 2016. See the competitive grant programs page for full details.
Discovery White Paper
Implementing a discovery service can be both challenging and rewarding. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) contracted with Amigos Library Services to write a white paper to provide basic information concerning discovery services, as well as an overview of the major discovery vendors. For an overview of what is covered, see the executive summary. For full content, including vendor information, “What to Look for in a Discovery Service Checklist,” and “Evaluating Your Discovery Service Checklist,” see the full report.
All-New LearningExpress Library 3.0 Comes to the TexShare Databases
The all-new LearningExpress Library is now available to participating TexShare libraries at no additional cost. See the comprehensive FAQ for full details.
Now in TexShare: American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases
New Do-It-Yourself Resources, Literary Reference,
and HW Wilson Databases Added to TexShare
Effective July 1, 2013, eleven new databases from EBSCO are available to all TexShare member libraries as part of the TexShare core, including the Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center, Small Engine Repair, Literary Reference Center, Book Review Digest, and more! See TexShare's New EBSCO FAQ here for full details.
The TexShare Databases are supported in part by funds granted to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.