TexShare

Introduction:

All libraries participating in the TexShare program share a common goal to promote and facilitate access to information, communication and scholarly research. Participating institutions will extend free reciprocal borrowing privileges to each other's patrons, so they may have direct, personal access to materials that are not available at the home institution. The covenants listed below are intended to accomplish this goal. This agreement became effective August 1, 1995.

The Agreement:


1. SCOPE

2. PRIVILEGES

Any eligible faculty, students and staff of any TexShare institution may use the collections of any TexShare library on site, and upon completion of the borrower's agreement and with proper identification, borrow materials. Any individual known to have outstanding charges at his/her home library or at another TexShare institution may be denied the right to participate in the TexShare program.

Health science and law libraries whose primary clientele includes faculty, graduate students and/or researchers may limit these privileges to such borrowers.

3. RESPONSIBILITIES OF BORROWERS

Eligible patrons will:

4. RESPONSIBILITIES OF LIBRARIES

5. IDENTIFICATION OF ELIGIBLE BORROWERS

The TexShare Card will be used to identify all eligible borrowers. This card will expire no later than August 31 of the fiscal year of its issuance for faculty and staff and at the end of the semester or other enrollment period in which it is issued for students then enrolled. The card will be signed by the director of the home library (or his/her designee) and the borrower. The lending library may also require other identification and may issue its own identification card to be used in conjunction with the TexShare Card. Borrowed items lent by the lending library after the expiration date established by the home library are the responsibility of the lending library.

6. LIAISON AND PROBLEM RESOLUTION

Each library will appoint a liaison for the TexShare Library Card Program. Duties of the liaison include promoting the program locally, making available copies of the program's guidelines and other information, insuring that the library's policies with regard to this program are maintained on the TexShare Web, maintaining a supply of TexShare Cards, administering the program at the library, and resolving individual problems. Problems or issues of a broader scope should be among library directors or their designees.

7. REVIEW AND ASSESSMENT

Each library will maintain, to the extent possible, the following statistics:

This information will be reported to TexShare staff who will compile these statistics and issue reports on program use on an annual basis.

This agreement will be reviewed annually by the appropriate TexShare Working Group. This group will make recommendations to TexShare staff on any needed modifications to the program.

For more information on TexShare or to request a TexShare Card, please visit www.texshare.edu or contact the Circulation Desk; (806) 742-2265 or libraries.circulation@ttu.edu.