Magazine article Information Today

State Electronic Library Links Texans to Information

Magazine article Information Today

State Electronic Library Links Texans to Information

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A new statewide electronic library offers Texans an easy opportunity to access the information riches of the Internet, locate the resources they need throughout the state's library network, and get the most up-to-date facts about the Lone Star State.

The Texas State Electronic Library, an Internet information server managed by the State Library, made its debut in May as a tool for the state's public libraries. With recent enhancements to the service, all Texans are now invited to use the Electronic Library as their on-ramp to the information superhighway.

Like other libraries, the Electronic Library is designed to make as much information available to its patrons as possible, organized in a way that makes it easy to find and use. For instance, if someone is interested in a particular subject, they can explore more than 20 separate directories in the Electronic Library - ranging from aerospace and agriculture to theology and women's studies. In these directories are thousands of resources from all over the world, and more directories are being added.

If someone is looking for a particular publication, the Electronic Library provides links to the catalogs of more than 80 public, academic, school, and special libraries in Texas, including the State Library and other state agency libraries. By searching these catalogs, patrons can find works in a nearby collection, or find materials to request through the state's inter-library loan network.

In addition, the Electronic Library contains the full-text of hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books, as well as a number of electronic journals and magazines. …

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