The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall
have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Institution of higher education--An institution
of higher education as defined by Education Code, §61.003, and
a private or independent institution of higher education as defined
by Education Code, §61.003.
(2) Annual Report Survey--A report submitted to the
commission each year on the member institution of higher education's
participation in TexShare programs, the member library of clinical
medicine's participation in TexShare programs, the member library
of nonprofit library collective's participation, or in fulfillment
of a public library's system membership requirements.
(3) Commission--The Texas State Library and Archives
(4) Consortium--The TexShare Library Consortium.
(5) Director and Librarian--Chief executive and administrative
officer of the commission.
(6) Public Library has the meaning assigned by Government
(7) Library of clinical medicine has the meaning assigned
to Non-Profit Corporation by Government Code, §441.221.
(A) Extensive library services are defined as:
(i) Library is open and staffed a minimum of 45 hours
per week; and
(ii) Staff includes a minimum of one full-time equivalent
professional librarian (as defined in 13 TAC §1.84, relating
to Professional Librarian); and
(iii) Library employs a library director for at least
40 hours per week in library duties; and
(iv) Services include circulation of materials, reference
services, use of computers to access information sources, databases,
or other similar services; and
(v) An institutionally-approved collection development
policy updated at least every five years.
(B) Extensive collections in the fields of clinical
medicine and the history of Medicine is defined as follows:
(i) Clinical medicine is defined as materials in the
"W" category of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification
(ii) History of Medicine is defined as:
(I) Materials fitting the scope of the NLM classification
scheme (www.nlm.nih.gov/clas/index.html) under WZ-History of Medicine,
Misc or in the NLM classification scheme under history of a particular
medical subject (e.g. history of surgery (WO 11), history of dermatology
(WR 11), history of gynecology (WP 11), etc.); or
(II) Unique archival materials (print materials, historical
artifacts, and other resources) related to institutional history,
or reflecting historically significant contributions of persons or
institutions, or history of a particular area of health care.
(iii) "Extensive collections" is defined as a minimum
of 12,000 library resources in the field of clinical medicine and
history of medicine, in print and in electronic formats, comprised
of books, journal titles, technical reports, videos, or databases.
(8) Public school--Any school accredited under Education
Code, Subchapter D, Accreditation Status (§§39.071 - 39.076).
(9) Public school library--An organized collection
of printed, audiovisual and/or computer resources in a public school
or public school campus (elementary or secondary). A public school
library makes resources and services available to all students, teachers,
and administrators. Collections such as classroom "libraries" or collections
of primarily textbooks or other similar classroom teaching materials
are not public school libraries.
(10) Certified school librarian--A public school staff
member holding a current school librarian certificate issued by the
State Board for Educator Certification under the authority of Education
Code, Chapter 21, Subchapter B (§§21.031 - 21.058).
(11) Certified staff member--A public school staff
member holding a current certificate, license, permit, or other credential
issued by the State Board for Educator Certification under the authority
of Education Code, Chapter 21, Subchapter B (§§21.031 -
(12) Internet connection--A combination of hardware,
software and telecommunications services that allows a computer to
communicate with any other computer on the worldwide network of networks
known as the Internet, and that adheres to Internet standards documents
of the Internet Engineering Steering Group, Internet Architecture
Board, and the Internet community.
(13) Consortium membership refers to membership held
by those libraries meeting the eligibility criteria specified in §8.3(b)(2)
or (3) of this chapter (relating to Consortium Membership and Affiliated
Membership). Libraries meeting these requirements are referred to
as "members" or "consortium members."
(14) Affiliated membership refers to membership held
by those libraries meeting the eligibility criteria specified in §8.3(b)(1)
of this chapter. Libraries admitted under this section are referred
to as "affiliated members."
(15) Nonprofit library--A library not already qualified
for consortium membership by virtue of being a public library, library
of clinical medicine, or library affiliated with an institution of
higher education that is:
(A) Established as a nonprofit corporation under the
Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law (Texas Business Organizations Code §22.001
et seq.); or
(B) An administrative subdivision of a nonprofit corporation
established under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation Law (Texas Business
Organizations Code §22.001 et seq.); or
(C) Located in Texas and operated by a unit of local,
state, or federal government; or
(D) Located in Texas and a designated tribal community
(16) Nonprofit library collective--Two or more nonprofit
libraries that share a set of common interests and have a defined
|Source Note: The provisions of this §8.1 adopted to be effective June 24, 1998, 23 TexReg 6436; amended to be effective December 9, 2001, 26 TexReg 9845; amended to be effective May 18, 2006, 31 TexReg 3871; amended to be effective April 8, 2010, 35 TexReg 2742; amended to be effective September 18, 2011, 36 TexReg 5835; amended to be effective November 30, 2014, 39 TexReg 9201