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RULE §8.5Programs

(a) The programs of the consortium shall include activities designed to facilitate library resource sharing. Such activities may include:

  (1) providing electronic networks, shared electronic resources, reciprocal borrowing, delivery services, and other infrastructure necessary to enable the libraries in the consortium to share resources;

  (2) negotiating and executing statewide contracts for information products and services;

  (3) coordinating library planning, research and development; or

  (4) training library personnel.

(b) Programs of the consortium are established and administered for the benefit of consortium members. Consortium members may sometimes enter into formal or informal agreements with other members and with non-member entities. Under these agreements, consortium members may not provide systematic access to consortium services to non-member entities or to members ineligible to participate in such services. This provision should not be construed in such a way as to limit a member institution's ability to provide on-site access to TexShare electronic resources to members of the public as permitted by contract.

(c) Public school districts may participate in group purchasing agreements provided by the consortium if such libraries are managed by or report to a certified school librarian or other certified staff member in the public school district or public school campus.

(d) Affiliate members may participate in programs of the consortium as specified in their affiliate membership agreement or as determined from time to time by commission staff with approval from the TexShare Advisory Board and the Director and Librarian.

Source Note: The provisions of this §8.5 adopted to be effective June 24, 1998, 23 TexReg 6436; amended to be effective December 9, 2001, 26 TexReg 9845; amended to be effective February 15, 2005, 30 TexReg 707; amended to be effective May 18, 2006, 31 TexReg 3871; amended to be effective April 8, 2010, 35 TexReg 2742; amended to be effective November 28, 2018, 43 TexReg 7669

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