January 16, 2022

Houston Baptist University: Library Likely to Lose 80 Percent of Database Funds

From The Collegian (Houston Baptist University Newspaper):

Library directors from around the state gathered in Austin Sept. 26-27 to plan for the changes that many Texas libraries will face beginning next fiscal year due to the loss of more than 80 percent of the funding that grants members access to electronic databases.

The $8 million provided by a biennial grant through TexShare, a service of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has been reduced to approximately $1.5 million under the Texas Legislature’s House Bill 1.

Passed in May, the bill will instate the budget cuts beginning in the 2012-13 fiscal year, scaling back database access for 667 higher education, medical and public libraries.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.