TSLAC Opens Registration to K-12 Public Schools for New Statewide Database Program
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 • Austin, TX • News Release
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) invites K-12 public school districts throughout Texas to sign up for TexQuest, the agency’s new statewide database program providing high-quality digital research and information resources to the state’s more than 5 million public school students attending nearly 9000 schools.
The program offers 15 databases and a collection of ebooks from Gale Cengage, including Student Resources in Context, which provides cross-curricular support for papers, projects and presentations; General OneFile, 24/7 access to a large collection of full-text periodicals; and National Geographic Kids, adventures in science, nature, cultures, archeology, and space.
The program also offers 2 historical archives of primary source materials from Adam Matthew Digital. The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures provide users with a wide range of rare and original documents, from treaties, speeches, and diaries to historic maps and travel journals.
“We’re very glad to be able to partner with Gale Cengage and Adam Matthew to offer Texas K-12 students and faculty this rich collection of online information resources,” said agency director and State Librarian Mark Smith. “The participation fee represents a significant savings to school districts, which would pay considerably more if they purchased these resources on their own.”
Database licenses for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year begin June 15, 2014, and Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools can sign up for the program now at http://texquest.net/.
Districts will receive free access to TexQuest during the 2014-2015 school year. Those wishing to continue in the program during the 2015-2016 school year will be assessed an annual participation fee of 22 cents per pupil, based on enrollment data provided by the Texas Education Agency. TSLAC expects to invoice districts in January 2015.
TexQuest marks TSLAC’s return to delivering digital content to K-12 public schools. In 2007 the Texas Legislature authorized the agency to establish a K-12 database program of quality online instructional resources, but during the 2011 legislative session funding for this program was eliminated.
For an overview of TexQuest and its databases visit www.tsl.texas.gov/k12/e-resources. Contact Len Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-463-5852 with questions about the program and subscribe to TSLAC’s school library newsletter at www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/schoolenewsletter.html for updates. Facebook and Twitter users are encouraged to use the hashtag #TexQuest to generate conversation about the program on social media.
A PDF file containing an FAQ about the database program.