Fontana, CA (September 15, 2023) – Auto-Graphics is pleased to announce that The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has selected SHAREit as their new statewide Interlibrary Loan system. The contract, which began on September 1, 2023, provides a framework to implement SHAREit as the new statewide interlibrary loan solution for Texas public libraries over the next fiscal year.
The statewide interlibrary loan program, administered by TSLAC, assists Texas public libraries in meeting the current accreditation criteria to offer, borrow, and lend materials with other Texas public libraries. Currently 534 Texas public libraries and branches, 14 small academic libraries, and 12 prison libraries participate in the statewide interlibrary loan consortium. The program is funded by the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
TSLAC issued an RFP in the Spring of 2023 to replace Navigator/NRE which will be discontinued by OCLC in summer 2024. Auto-Graphics was awarded the contract based on SHAREit’s functionality that allows participating libraries to continue providing interlibrary loan services efficiently and effectively to their communities.
Albert Flores, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Auto-Graphics is delighted to add TSLAC to the 16 states currently using SHAREit for their statewide ILL systems. “We are proud that The Texas State Library and Archives Commission chose SHAREit as the best option for them.” He continued, “Adding Texas to our already strong presence in this region is an exciting development. Not only will SHAREit allow TSLAC to continue their robust ILL activity within Texas, but they will also have opportunities to borrow and request items from the other SHAREit systems in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kansas. We hope to continue this expansion across the Southern and Midwest states facilitating resource sharing across state lines.”
Among the most valuable features available in SHAREit, TSLAC cited patron-initiated request options, the ability for unfilled requests to be filled by libraries outside the Texas consortium, streamlined book club/multiple copy requesting, configuration for local policies, as well as support and training resources as key factors in their decision.