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Encyclopedia Brittanica and EBSCO K-12 Databases
K-12 public school libraries have continued access to Encyclopaedia Britannica content through November 30, 2011, including full text resources in Britannica Online School Edition, Britannica Global Reference Center and Britannica Spanish Resources. The current contracts also provide access to the EBSCO K-12 Package through 8/31/2011.
If centralized funding for the K-12 database program goes away, the subscription model would shift to a per student pricing model and return to an opt-in program for individual campus-level purchase of these database resources at a reduced rate. Information is also posted to the K-12 Databases website at http://web.esc20.net/k12databases. In addition, intent forms will be provided for schools interested in participating. Please address your questions to the ESC-20 Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 210-370-5623.
TSLAC will announce pricing when it becomes official. Watch for announcements from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and ESC-20.
Summary of the Impact of the 81st Legislative Session on the K-12 Databases
The Texas Education Agency's technology allotment will continue to fund the K-12 databases in the upcoming biennium. This funding is at the same level as last biennium. As with the TexShare database program, the rising costs for database products means that our dollars will not stretch as far. We will ask our commission to direct some federal dollars to this program, somewhat mitigating the impact of the shortfall in state funding, but this will still not cover escalating costs. We will make every attempt to retain database content in the K-12 program, but we will have to scale back dramatically on training and support. TSLAC will work with the K-12 Transition Task Force, ESC-20, TEA, and the database vendors to maximize the training dollars that are available.
School Communities Have State-funded Quality Online Instructional Resources Available Now
Online research and information resources are available through a partnership between the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Texas Education Agency and Education Service Center, Region 20.
School Communities have state-funded quality online instructional resources available now. Take full advantage of this K-12 Databases program opportunity, now starting its second year.
Access: The login screen for these resources is located at http://web.esc20.net/ access. From this webpage, students, educators and students’ immediate families have access to the following collections:
- A comprehensive collection of full text periodicals, biographies, primary source documents, essays, almanacs, reference books, pamphlets, newspapers, transcripts, photos, maps and more. These 34 databases provided by EBSCO Publishing are accessible through user-friendly, grade level interfaces -Searchasaurus, Kids Search, and Student Research Center.
- Four encyclopedias in English and two in Spanish provided by Encyclopaedia Britannica that contain over 124,000 articles plus photos, illustrations, maps, and videos. Included also are interactive learning materials, teacher resources, a world atlas, dictionary, and a thesaurus. All materials are aligned to state curriculum standards and benchmarks.
Training: We invite school communities to take advantage of numerous no cost training opportunities (face-to-face, online and via videoconference) to become more familiar with the K-12 Databases. Surf over to: http://web.esc20.net/ k12databases/texsupport.htm to check the Master Training Calendar and access instructions for online training module registration. Check with your local ESC for further training opportunities.
Classroom Integration: The K-12 Databases website includes a collection of inquiry-based lessons for all grade levels that can be used on campus to integrate these rich resources into the curriculum (Instructional Recipes).
Share this information with staff and colleagues, promote the use of K-12 Databases at the campus or district level, and learn how these quality resources support 21st Century leading, teaching and learning.
Thank you for your support!
K-12 Announcement Letter for K-12 School Superintendents
Read the letter for Texas school superintendents announcing the K-12 Database service. Superintendent letter.
Current Encyclopaedia Britannica Subscribers Update (Texas K-12 public school libraries only):
- All subscribers will retain their contracted subscriptions through November 30, 2007.
- The TSLAC agreement starts December 1st, and until that time the preview access is limited to the TSLAC preview page and full product support is not in place.
- Current DIRECT contract subscribers between libraries or districts and Britannica, should contact Becky Henry ( 800-621-3900 x7171) at Encyclopaedia Britannica regarding a refund.
- Schools will receive the unused portion of their subscriptions or they may choose to purchase other Britannica products for their schools.
- If you currently subscribe to Britannica through DKC (ESC-20) or TETPC (ESC-11) please contact these service centers regarding arrangements and substitutes. DKC: Susanna Garza (210-370-5634). TETPC: contact Bonnie Barnes (817-740-3613).
- Schools or districts getting Britannica as part of a co-op agreement with a local education service center, please contact the local service center for information.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Added to K-12 Database Package
- The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce Encyclopaedia Britannica as the online encyclopedia addition to the K-12 database package available for the public school library community and funded by TEA's technology allotment budget.
- Get details about the Encyclopedia Britannica selection process by reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica Added to K-12 Database Package.
K-12 Public School Library Online Databases Fact Sheet - Updated 10-12-2007
During the 2007 session, the Texas State Legislature added Rider 88 to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) budget. Rider 88 directs the Commissioner of Education to transfer amounts not to exceed $2.5 million in each year of the 2008-2009 biennium to TSLAC for the purpose of acquiring �online research and information resources for libraries in public schools, and for administrative expenses."
- To activate access to the K-12 Databases, please complete and return the activation form at http://web.esc20.net/k12databases/activation.htm
- Once the ESC 20 K-12 Help Desk receives the activation form, login information will be sent via email. View a Fact Sheet page for more information (Word file) .
June 12, 2007
During the 2007 session, the Texas State Legislature added Rider 88 to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) budget. Rider 88 directs the Commissioner of Education to transfer amounts not to exceed $2.5 million in each year of the 2008-2009 biennium to TSLAC for the purpose of acquiring �online research and information resources for libraries in public schools, and for administrative expenses." View a Fact Sheet page for more information (Word file)
January 01 , 2007
K-12 TexShare Database Program Collection Development Policy Click here to obtain the K-12 TexShare Database Program Collection Development Policy. (Word file)
June 07 , 2006
Order Form for the TexShare EBSCO Database Package for K-12 Public Schools A form with prices is available for downloading. (Word file)
May 15 , 2006
K-12 Database List K-12 Database List - See the list of databases available to K-12 school libraries. (PDF file)
May 15 , 2006
Update on recent developments Update - Read the May 2006 update from the TexShare ESC 20 site. (PDF file)
March 20, 2006
FAQ -March 20, 2006 Update
FAQ - Read the FAQ on the latest developments on TexShare and K-12 schools. (PDF file)
February 17, 2006
K-12 Library Community - How This Agreement Affects Public and Charter School Libraries Summary - Read a summary of events regarding TexShare and K-12 schools and how these events affect public and charter school libraries.
January 18, 2006
Transition Task Force Meeting Held on January 18, 2006 Minutes - Transition Task Force Meeting Held on January 18, 2006. (Word File)
January 01, 2006
Timeline of events taking place during fiscal year 2006 that continue TexShare K-12 implementation (Word file)
December 16, 2005
FAQs about the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Education Service Center 20 partnership (Word file) - The creation of a partnership between TSLAC and ESC 20 is one of the recommendations that resulted from stakeholder focus group meetings.
December 13, 2005
Transition Task Force (TTF) - The creation of a TTF is one of the recommendations that resulted from stakeholder focus group meetings. Roster of Transition Task Force Minutes - Conference Call Meeting of TTF, December 13, 2005 (Word file)
July - September, 2005
Focus Group Meetings View timeline, attendee lists, reports, notes and summaries from focus group meetings held from July to September of 2005 Education Service Center Region 20 and the Texas State Library are collaborating in the implementation of this program as a result of recommendations that came out of focus group meetings held between July through September of 2005, where members of the TexShare community and the K-12 library community met to determine the best way to implement SB 483. The recommendations on SB 483 were approved by the TexShare Advisory Board meeting on September 30, 2005. Please send any comments you may have about the recommendations TSLAC staff (We will share all communications with the board) or directly to any advisory board member.
January 20-24, 2004
Statewide Resource Sharing Planning session held January 20 - 21, 2004. Including K-12 school libraries in TexShare was one of the top four recommendations generated in this planning session.
I need information now. Who can I contact? A. Send e-mail to email@example.com or call the TexShare Coordinator at 512-463-0188.