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November 22, 2011

Texas A&M And University Of Texas Systems Continue Library Collaboration

The relationship between Texas A&M University and the University of Texas is one that has gone beyond classrooms, athletic fields, and research labs — in fact, the partnership has extended into an innovative collaboration between the Texas A&M University System and the University of Texas System to preserve library resources at both institutions.

Projects from the shared libraries initiative have and will continue to benefit students, faculty, researchers of both systems, as well as the entire state of Texas, says interim dean Charles Gilreath.

“For several years the Texas A&M University Libraries has collaborated closely with our library colleagues at the University of Texas on projects to benefit library users in our respective systems and throughout the state, most notably the Texas Digital Library and the joint storage projects both in Austin and at the Riverside Campus,” Gilreath adds.

The design concept and specific site layout for the proposed multi-million dollar joint library storage facility at Texas A&M University’s Riverside campus was well received at November’s Council for Built Environment meeting. The facility will be situated toward the front of the campus, facing out to the intersection of Highways 47 and 21. Construction is expected to start late spring 2012, with a target completion date of February 2013.

The two systems announced the plans for the new Riverside facility last year, after the successful completion of a jointly funded, high density library storage facility at the University of Texas at Austin’s J.J. Pickle Research Campus.

Both systems will share the expense of constructing the $7.5 million facility, with the Texas A&M University Libraries slated to provide staff support for the day-to-day operations.

The new facility will house low-circulation books and journals — more than a million volumes — and will allow for much-needed space at campus library locations with stored resources to be retrieved upon request and delivered to the on-campus user.

The two systems have found virtual ways to collaborate in the field of storage as well. A partnership between Texas A&M and The University of Texas at Austin resulted in the establishment of the Texas Digital Library, an online repository for electronic theses and dissertations that today includes more than a dozen regional members, including many schools from the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems.

The Texas A&M and University of Texas library collaboration also extends into the Texas Water Digital Library, which along with partners Texas Tech University and the Texas Water Resources Institute, will include water research and technology for disseminating scholarship. Since water research is conducted at institutions across the state of Texas, resources will be pooled and made accessible to all through the infrastructure and services of the Texas Digital Library.

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Media contact: Tura King, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4670 or Krista Smith, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4645

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