FAQ: The NEW LearningExpress Library 3.0
When will my library get the new LearningExpress Library 3.0 platform?
LearningExpress Library 3.0 is available NOW to TexShare member libraries. There's no additional cost required to upgrade to this all-new product.
If your library maintains its own database menu, you will need to update your links with one or more new URLs for LearningExpress resources. LearningExpress now authenticates libraries using an "AuthToken" embedded within a URL. This means that every TexShare library will require its own unique URL.
If you or the designated technical contact for the TexShare Databases at your library have not yet received the customized URLs via an emailed PDF, contact TexShare at email@example.com.
See below for promotional materials and logo graphics.
What if my library uses the Library Texas portal to the TexShare Databases?
If your library uses the TexShare Databases menu at www.libraryoftexas.org/texshare, you do not need to do anything; the new link is already there! (Remember: your TexShare login and password may be required if you have not registered your library's IP addresses for automatic authentication.)
Libraries with Biblionix Apollo systems are also good-to-go. See below.
What About Our Patrons Who Have Personal Accounts on the Old LearningExpress or Job & Career Accelerator?
A strength of LearningExpress is the personalized experience made possible when patrons create their individual accounts to track courses taken, online practice tests, and job search activities.
LearningExpress Library 3.0 is a totally redesigned platform that runs on new technology. It has no technological connection to LearningExpress 2.0. As such, it will not recognize existing usernames and passwords from LearningExpress Library 2.0. All current users will be required to register as new users to access the new platform. Furthermore, any content saved in LearningExpress 2.0 accounts will not migrate to LearningExpress Library 3.0.
LearningExpress Library 2.0 (the current version available to TexShare member libraries) will be retired on June 30, 2014 for all subscribers and users. Both platforms will be available to users until that date, and libraries should alert their patrons to retrieve any materials they've created on the old platform before it disappears completely.
Where are the GED preparation materials?
As you've probably heard, there's a brand new GED test for 2014. New GED test prep materials are available in the new LearningExpress Library High School Equivalency Center.
While some materials including tutorials and Spanish language versions of the test are in production, the following GED test-related content is available in the new LearningExpress 3.0 platform:
- Full length practice tests in each of the GED test subject areas with detailed diagnostic scoring and full answer explanations
- An interactive tutorial introduction to the computer-based 2014 GED test
- Diagnostic tests for patrons to determine their readiness to take the GED test. There are diagnostics in applied math, math computation, language, language mechanics, reading, spelling, and vocabulary
- Pre-GED test basic skills practice and skill building tutorials in reading, writing, math, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling.
The first form of the Spanish Language version of the GED exams is currently planned to be released in late March with future forms released on a rolling basis. The GED Spanish Tutorials will be released in late May.
Read about the GED test preparation materials from LearningExpress Library here.
Not a problem! Send an email with your full signature line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about Job & Career Accelerator?
Job & Career Accelerator has also been updated. It's now one of nine specialty "centers" available through the LearningExpress Library main page. Look for it on the "All Centers" drop-down menu.
As with LearningExpress Library, personal accounts, resumes, cover letters, training records, and job searches created on the previous platform will *not* transfer to the new platform. Users will need to create new personal accounts. The old version of Job & Career Accelerator will remain available to users until June 2014.
How can my patrons use these tools?
- Access over 800 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials to help launch or advance their careers.
- Prepare for professional certification, licensing, and aptitude tests in civil service, law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, military, real estate, and healthcare, among others.
- Prepare for college and graduate school admissions tests including the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT.
- Successfully prepare for the GED exam when working toward a high school diploma.
- Dramatically improve or refresh basic skills in reading, writing, and math.
Where can I get more information?
Download these PDFs for more details on LearningExpress Library, including the scope of materials available and instructions for use.
- LearningExpress Library 3.0 Product Overview
- LearningExpress Computer Skills Center
- Job & Career Accelerator
- LearningExpress GED Preparation Materials (4 pages)
You can download new LearningExpress Library logos and graphics here. (600 Kbyte zip archive)
TexShare staff are working with LearningExpress to create TexShare branded bookmarks, cards, and posters for these products. In the meantime, downloadable, customizable resources are available here:
Full-Color, Customizable Posters for Download (PDF)
- LearningExpress Library 3.0 (8.5x11)
- LearningExpress Library 3.0 (11x17)
- Job & Career Accelerator (8.5x11)
- Job & Career Accelerator (11x17)
- LearningExpress GED Resources (8.5x11)
All PDFs above include a customizable field for your library's URL. Fill in your library's website before printing.
Additonal materials are also available by selecting the Administrator and Featured Resources links at the bottom of the LearningExpress Library main page:
Can I use these resources on my mobile phone, tablet, or iPad?
YES! This new version of LearningExpress is compatible with your mobile devices.
Where can I get training for LearningExpress Library?
TexShare will announce training opportunities as soon as they are available.
How do I track usage statistics?
Contact LearningExpress customer support at Libraries@LearningExpressLLC.com or by phone at 800-295-9556 x2.
LearningExpress has generated custom authentication token URLs for each TexShare institution. These links will enable both local and remote patron access to the new LearningExpress Library 3.0 platform. Webmasters can simply place these custom links on their institutions’ websites; behind authentication is advised if it exists, but it is certainly not required. (You download and use the image, pictured left.)
The authentication token URL is the preferred method for local and remote patron access and trumps all other forms of authentication.
Additionally, direct links to the LearningExpress specialty centers are also available. These provide a library with the option of linking directly to Job & Career Accelerator, Computer Skills Center, the High School Equivalency Center, and others.
If you or the designated technical contact for the TexShare Databases at your library have not yet received the customized URLs via an emailed PDF, contact TexShare at email@example.com or LearningExpress directly at Libraries@LearningExpressLLC.com.
How do I update my library's IP addresses?
Libraries with new, expanded, or retired IP ranges should continue to send those changes to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, TexShare staff will forward that information to designated technical support contacts at EBSCO, Gale, OCLC, ProQuest, LearningExpress, and AMDigital.
What if my library uses EZProxy?
For institutions that employ proxy servers, an authenticated token URL will not be needed. Instructions for proxies are:
- Make sure the IP address of the proxy server has been provided to LearningExpress Customer Service
- Enter the following domains in the configuration file:
- Direct users to www.learningexpresslibrary3.com
What other authentication methods are available?
Other IPs have been ported over from the old LearningExpress Library 2.0 database, but they will only enable local patron access to the new platform at www.learningexpresslibrary3.com.
Referring URLs were the previous method for remote access — they have been replaced by authentication token URLs. If an account only has IP authentication, then the authentication token URL is needed to grant remote access.
Barcodes were also ported over from LearningExpress Library 2.0. Institutions with barcodes registered in our system may also post the domain www.learningexpresslibrary3.com instead of their custom authentication token URL. Their patrons will be prompted to enter their library cards before they can register.
To set up any of these authentication methods, contact LearningExpress customer support at Libraries@LearningExpressLLC.com or by phone at 800-295-9556 x2.
Links to Learning Express 3.0, including direct links to each of the Learning Centers, can be configured on Apollo's Setup | Databases page.
If you are a TexShare member using Apollo, Biblionix has already created links to Learning Express 3.0. If you want to offer your authenticated patrons a single link to Learning Express, you don't need to do anything at all!
If you want to link directly to each of the Learning Centers, then in Setup | Databases, check the "active" checkbox for each of them, and deactivate or delete the "Learning Express 3.0" entry.
Note: your link to LearningExpress v.2.0 will remain. See above answer for reasons why you may wish to keep these links until June.
Who's paying for this?
These LearningExpress education and career development electronic resources are funded by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. The TexShare Databases are a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, made possible by state and federal funds, as well as through member participation fees. This license for LearningExpress Library runs through June 30, 2015.