Hunters Named ACU Library Friends of the Year

for immediate release Oct. 21, 1997

ABILENE - State Rep. Bob and Mrs. Shirley Hunter of Abilene will be honored as Friends of the Year by the Friends of ACU Library at a reception during Abilene Christian University's Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 24.

The reception in the Brown Library Atrium will begin at 3:30 p.m. and the presentation will be at 3:45 p.m. Bob and Shirley were chosen to be honored for their individual contributions to ACU's library and to the Abilene Library Consortium.

During the last legislative session, Rep. Hunter, also vice president emeritus of ACU and a 1952 graduate, successfully sponsored the TexShare bill which benefits independent and community college libraries in Texas.

Created in 1994, TexShare was originally a cooperative program for library services to students, faculty and staff at only state-supported institutions of higher education. After the passage of Hunter's bill, TexShare will be expanded by Nov. 1 to all private institutions, including ACU, Hardin-Simmons, McMurry and Howard Payne, as well as community colleges.

Through TexShare, the collections and services of each individual academic library in the state are made available to the students and faculty of all institutions. In addition, the combined buying power of Texas libraries results insignificant cost reductions for electronic information subscriptions.

TexShare emphasizes electronic information resources as well as traditional collections of books and journals. The largest portion of the program's annual $1 million budget will be dedicated to licensing commercial databases such as Periodical Abstracts and ABI Inform, which provide access to the full text of more than 1,100 journals, in addition to citations to many more journals and periodicals.

Shirley Hunter has served as an officer of the Friends organization several times and is a regular volunteer in the Special Collections and Archives areas of the library.

The Friends of ACU Library is an organization that raises funds to benefit the Brown Library. Its membership is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university.

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