Consortia Memberships

TAMU Libraries is a member of several consortia.   These partnerships enhance the collections of TAMU Libraries by providing opportunities for cost savings, cooperative agreements and access to unique collections.

Texas A&M System Libraries
The Texas A&M System Libraries is a consortium of eleven state institutions, seven state agencies and the Texas A&M Health Science Center.  This consortium is administered by members of the Collection Development Operations & Acquisitions Services department, and the Associate Dean for Collections and Services of the TAMU Libraries. The consortium seeks to acquire resources in a cost effective manner in support of the research, teaching and curricula for the Texas A&M System and to optimize the management and licensing processes. 

Center for Research Libraries
The Center for Research Libraries is a consortium of North American universities, independent research libraries and colleges.  The consortium was organized in March 1949.  The founding institutions were the University of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois, the State University of Iowa, Indiana University, the University of Kansas, Michigan State College, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and Purdue University.   The Center’s mission is to support advanced research and teaching in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences  through its in-house collections of microfilm, newspapers, textbooks, dissertations,  government publications, serials  and  archives.   

Greater Western Library Alliance
Greater Western Library Alliance was first organized in 1996 and is currently a consortium of 32 libraries representing 17 Midwestern and Western states.  Member libraries have common interests in cooperative collection development, licensing electronic resources, scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education. 

TexShare is a statewide consortium of public, academic, and medical libraries administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  The consortium was funded in 1994 under the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  TexShare’s mission is to maximize the effectiveness of library expenditures by enabling libraries to share staff expertise, library resources, pursue joint purchasing agreements, and encourage cooperative development of information resources and technologies.

South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL)
The Medical Sciences Library is a member of the SCAMeL Consortium, a consortium of fourteen academic medical libraries.  Its mission is to improve information services, library operations, and resource sharing in its member libraries in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  It provides leadership in cooperative projects, a forum for members to exchange ideas on improving library operation, opportunities for growth and development of staff through continuing education, and research projects for improvement of library and information service practices and the development of information policy.