TexShare Portal Implements Common Password to Simplify Access for Libraries During COVID-19

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

To simplify access to TexShare electronic resources during COVID-19 closures, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has made some changes to the TexShare Databases portal at TexShare.net.

TSLAC has temporarily extended access to all TexShare member institutions and implemented a common password. The TexShare.net logon page has been updated to provide an email link that users can click on to send an email requesting the common password. The common password is temporary and can only be used while the COVID-19 disaster proclamation issued by Governor Abbott on March 13, 2020 remains in effect. After that period, users will need to ask their libraries for the correct password.

Existing passwords for TexShare.net will continue to work. Users who access TexShare electronic resources by any other method, such as an A-Z list on their library’s website, will not be affected by these changes.

The TexShare Databases include over seventy electronic resources that provide access to full-text articles from over 27,000 magazines and academic journals, over 173,000 ebooks, and over 15 million images, videos, and interactive resources.  Popular resources include HeritageQuest Online™, a genealogy resource powered by Ancestry® with more than 4.4 billion records and coverage dating back to the 1700s, and LearningExpress Library™, a collection of interactive tutorials, practice tests, articles, flash cards and e-books patrons can use to improve academic skills in reading, writing, math and science as well as prepare for high-stakes exams. All resources are available for free to patrons of Texas public and academic libraries.

Two new resources have been added to the portal: BiblioBoard, a collection of e-books from the E-Read Texas Unlimited Collection, including popular non-fiction such as travel, nutrition and health, and gardening, along with adult and young adult fiction; and Book Connections, resources about children's and young adult books from TeachingBooks, including exclusive Meet-the-Author movies and recordings, book trailers, and Reader’s Advisory to help patrons choose the right book.

Questions may be emailed to the TSLAC TexShare team at texshare@tsl.texas.gov.

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The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.

Danielle Cunniff Plumer
Statewide Resource Sharing Administrator
512-463-5433
dplumer@tsl.texas.gov

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Susan Floyd
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
info@tsl.texas.gov
Page last modified: April 6, 2020