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A Summary of the 83rd
The 83rd Regular Legislative Session concluded on May 27, 2013. The session yielded some important victories for libraries.
The finalized Appropriations Bill for 2014-15 funds current State Library operations and increases funding for Shared Digital content by almost $7.5 million (covers additional funds for TexShare, K-12 database programming, and e-content), $600,000 for three FTE archivists, and $1 million for repairs to the Sam Houston Center in Liberty. The Legislature also approved an increase in the salary level for the state librarian position.
One of the outcomes of this funding increase is for the K-12 community which will be able to participate once again in statewide access to library databases. Lawmakers approved an operational model built on the TexShare system. School districts, like public and academic libraries, will be asked to cost-share some of the expense for database access. The great value of the statewide purchasing arrangement through the State Library will mean that districts will be able to access quality resources for a minimal but strategic investment.
For additional information about the outcomes of the 83d Legislature for libraries, see Texline 297.
For additional information, contact Gloria Meraz, TLA Director of Communications, 512/328-1518.
Created on Mar 15, 2010 | Last updated May 30, 2013