EBSCO Updates Privacy Policy

Beginning on or after May 15, 2018, EBSCO users who authenticate via Personal User Accounts (PUA) as well as users of MyEBSCOhost folders will be asked to review and accept EBSCO’s Privacy Policy in order to continue using these services. This change was previously announced as part of our ongoing effort to enhance security for our products and services.
Once the Privacy Policy has been accepted, users will have the ability to view the data associated with their account and the option to remove the account at any time.
Read more about EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service™ Privacy Controls on EBSCO Help.

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ProQuest Webinars New Sci/Tech Series


ProQuest announces a new series of webinars focused exclusively on the Sci/Tech Collection. Find out about the Sci/Tech collection on Ebook Central and the e-resources in the Sci/Tech Collection on the ProQuest Platform.

Complete list of training dates and times and registration links is now open for these free webinars.

ProQuest Sci/Tech Collection provides a robust collection of articles solely focused on STEM resources. These e-resources are useful for all TexShare member libraries but, will find the most use in academic libraries. Subjects covered by this resource include:

Advanced technologies
Aerospace engineering
Agriculture
Automotive engineering
Bioengineering and biotechnology
Biology
Chemistry and chemical engineering
Civil engineering
Climate
Computer science
Conservation
Earth sciences
Electronics and electrical engineering
Environmental science
Geography
Geology
Homeland security and terrorism
Life sciences
Materials science
Mathematics
Mechanical engineering
Natural sciences
Physics
Sustainability
Telecommunications
Veterinary science
Water resources
Weather
And more

Questions? Please contact Russlene Waukechon

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TeachingBooks.net In-Person Training Schedule Summer 2018

With TeachingBooks.net books come to life!

Another series of free in-person training sessions has been scheduled for Summer 2018.

What can you expect to learn?

You will:
Explore original TeachingBooks author resources
Examine book and author resource pages
Locate resources for the titles
Create an Educator Login
Discover new titles
Communicate and collaborate using sharing tools

Discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books.

Register here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/tbnet

Location Date
Texas A&M University Central Texas (Killeen) Tuesday, June 26, 2018 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration)

South Plains College (Levelland) Thursday, June 28, 2018 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration)

Texas State Library and Archives (Austin) Thursday, July 19, 2018 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration)

San Antonio Public Library (San Antonio) Tuesday, July 31, 2018 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration)

Tom Green County Public Library (San Angelo) Wednesday, August 1, 2018 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration)

Rio Grande Valley Border Security and
Technology Training Center (Hidalgo) Friday, August 17, 2018 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration)

University of St. Thomas (Houston) Wednesday, September 26, 2018 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration)

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EBSCO Account Information

EBSCO’s priority is to provide TexShare customers with a secure research environment. To meet their commitment, EBSCO announced in December a series of upgrades to their platform and services to ensure they provide an optimal experience while meeting the data and privacy standards for all customers around the globe.
To help customers with the transition, EBSCO assembled the essential information to secure your account. It is important to read through carefully and start taking any necessary steps which may include:
Update your account in EBSCOadmin™ to take advantage of HTTPS (secure data transfer). Later this year it will be enforced, but EBSCO encourages customers to make this update as soon as possible ahead of the mandatory change. Customers who use proxy servers or referring URL will need to ensure that secure data transfer is supported by their configurations.
Review your current authentication methods. Customers using Username and Password should verify the password being used meets our strong password requirements.
Make sure that your users have access to EBSCO’s supported web browsers. Future updates, to our products and services, including our change to HTTPS, will require the most recent browsers for continued access.
Detailed information to assist you with any of these updates is available on EBSCO Help.

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Important Message from EBSCO Regarding Fraud and Unfamiliar Payment Channels

On February 23, 2018 TexShare received the following information from EBSCO:

Hello,

On February 20, 2018, an entity other than EBSCO attempted to engineer the identity of a member of the EBSCO sales team for the purpose of defrauding an EBSCO customer.

The attempt used coercive language regarding liens, was direct in requesting payment of past due invoices, and provided a URL for online payment which is not associated with EBSCO in any way.

Please know that should EBSCO release a new payment option, we will communicate the availability of the option in advance.

As always, please be on alert and do not release funds via unfamiliar channels without verifying the payment channel with a familiar member of the EBSCO team. Remember to follow your organization’s vendor security policies.

Please report suspicious activity or requests related to EBSCO invoicing and payment to a familiar member of the EBSCO team.

We appreciate your business.

Carolyn Etress
Director
EBSCO Accounts Receivable
877-763-6347 toll free U.S. and Canada
205-991-1221 direct
cetress@ebsco.com
https://www.ebsco.com
https://gobi.ebsco.com

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Fight Fake News with Gale

Event: Fight Fake News: Harnessing the Power of your Statewide Gale Resources
Date and time: Thursday, April 12, 2018 3:00 – 3:45 PM CST
Description: Are your users tired of fake news? Your library has a wealth of authoritative, current, balanced news and information sources in your statewide databases from Gale. In this session, we’ll share best practices for bringing users into these resources, showing how transparent they are, and providing tips for ways your library can fight fake news with these great tools at your back!
Hosts: Your Texas Gale Trainers, Tammi VanBuren and Stacey Knibloe
To register, visit: https://cengage.webex.com/cengage/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5152e7c38cc56b1ac33a10c67b29c9b0

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LearningExpress NEW Interface Coming February 14, 2018

LearningExpress New Look and Features – Coming February 14

LearningExpress is pleased to announce we have created a new user interface with new features and functions for the LearningExpress platform. These changes will automatically appear live in your LearningExpress products on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

In which LearningExpress products will these changes take place?

The new user homepage, features and functionality will change in LearningExpress Library™ and LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™.

What exactly is going to be different?

The new LearningExpress platform will have a new look to the home page and allow users to access all LearningExpress products purchased by their providing institution — LearningExpress Library™, PrepSTEP™ and LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™
— simultaneously from one home page.

Changes in look and function:

•Institutions with more than one LearningExpress product will be able to access all products from a single URL
•Clean and simple new design to the homepage
•Improved access to resources (tests, tutorials, eBooks, articles) and guidance pages
•More recognizable naming conventions for centers, categories and subcategories
•Improved navigation on home, center, category and sub-category pages
•Prominent search box

The new interface allows users to:

•Access all LearningExpress products simultaneously with the same email address
•Access content with fewer clicks and without the carousel
•Find and use a more prominent search box with new functionality for selecting resources
•Responsive UI design for easy reading on devices of all sizes
•Navigate to all product resources from the home page
•Take advantage of improved speed and performance, even on low internet bandwidths

Is action required by LearningExpress customers?

No additional action is required. We do recommend, however, that you inform your users that the LearningExpress platform is new and improved, with a more prominent search box that allows them to search on the type of resources they want: practice tests, tutorials, eBooks and articles.


What if my institution is using direct links? Will I have to do anything before the transition?

No action is needed by subscribing institutions. Your homepage URL to LearningExpress will remain the same as will all direct links currently in place. No need to change anything; all of your direct links will still work.

Will training be required?

The new platform is very intuitive and it is likely that neither your institution administrators or users will require training in order to access and use the LearningExpress Platform.

May I catch a sneak peek at the platform before Feb. 14?

Yes! We are offering a demonstration of the improved user interface for LearningExpress Library™, PrepSTEP™, and Job & Career Accelerator™. To view the schedule and register, click here.

Information for End Users

Will I need to update my bookmark or get a new login?

No. The webpage URL will remain the same as will your login information (ID/Password). Your MyCenter information will be retained, including saved tests, tutorials, eBooks, flashcards and other materials such as resumes and letters in Job & Career Accelerator.

What changes will I see?

Immediately, the new homepage will noticeably be sleeker and easier to navigate. The LearningExpress platform is new and improved, with a more prominent search box that allows you to search on the type of resources you want: practice tests, tutorials, eBooks and articles within the resource page.
Guidance pages are now within each topic and more relevant than ever offering assistance where it would be needed, no longer in the top main page navigation.
New on the resources page will be active filters for practice tests, tutorials, eBooks, articles and more.

Can I still find tests, tutorials and eBooks?

The clicks on a page needed to see the resources such as tests, tutorials, eBooks, flashcards or other materials have been reduced by more than 50 percent making it easier and faster to get to the subject matter that is needed. You can now access these directly from the home page by clicking on the Center, desired category and sub-category, and you will see the topics and resources available.

We are providing these changes to ensure the best experience for your users. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Customer Support.

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TexShare Training Opportunities Spring 2018

EBSCO and TeachingBooks.net are presenting a series of webinars this Spring.

New Year, new training opportunities! EBSCO is offering a new series of micro classes for busy Texas librarians.
No time for training? Is an hour long webinar too long? Take advantage of these free 15 minute training sessions starting in January, 2018.
Due to the brevity of these sessions no CEU credits are offered for these micro classes.

TexShare
EBSCO Micro Sessions (15 minutes!)

Thursday, January 25, 2018 3:00 PM CST
Advanced (Guided Style) Searching with Field Codes
Learn how to search multiple fields at one time with Guided Style searching. In this micro session, we’ll discuss the benefits of using this type of search page as well as where you can find field codes associated with a specific database. We’ll also cover Boolean operators. This is the go-to starting point for savvy researchers!
To register, click here Session #318 192 491

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 10:00 AM CST
Get the Most Out of Limiters and Expanders
Google (keyword) searching is fine, but what about all those available search options? Limiters like Cover Story, PDF and Language often get overlooked – expanders, too! We’ll discuss how these can quickly help users retrieve the results they are looking for!
To register, click here Session #316 729 617

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 3:00 PM CST
Quick Ways to Access Publications and Journals
Want to get your hands on a periodical or journal fast? There are a few ways you might not have thought of before – and we’ll share them in this micro session. We’ll also discuss ways to promote specific journals by putting links on your library page to give easy access to your patrons – and increase usage!
To register, click here Session #314 060 459

Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM CST
How Do Those Subject Files Really Work?
There are subjects and then there are subjects. In this micro session, we’ll demonstrate how to use both the Subject authority file and the Subject index. We’ll also discuss the difference between Subject headings and Thesaurus: Subject headings where available.
To register, click here Session #317 687 585

Thursday, March 8, 2018 10:00 AM CST
Favorite Features in 15 Minutes: Legal Information Reference Center
This resource is so easy to use and intuitive, you may already know everything about it. Or do you? Join us for this quick session where we’ll demonstrate how your patrons can quickly create legal documents. Or browse one of several NOLO Press books on a variety of topics. Patrons can even browse forms by
U.S. state. Join us and pick up a few new tips on this great DIY resource.
To register, click here Session #311 052 236

Friday, March 23, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
Save Time with Search and Journal Alerts
Alerts are great benefits of having a personal My EBSCOhost account. Learn how to quickly create journal alerts so users know when their favorite magazine is available online. Search alerts help researchers save time by notifying them when new articles that match their search criteria have been downloaded and are ready to view.
To register, click here Session #317 411 990

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 3:00 PM CDT
Favorite Features in 15 Minutes: Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
Hobbies & Crafts is a great resource year round – not just around the holidays! Find MakerSpace ideas to promote in your library. Check out instructional videos on a variety of topics. Browse the extensive A- Z list for ideas or search by category. Come away with some great tips on how to save your patrons some $$ with this fantastic resource!
To register, click here Session #319 297 944

Thursday, April 19, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
I Didn’t Know I Could Do That! Ways to Customize Your Interfaces using EBSCOadmin
In this micro session, we’ll discuss ten common functions that can be conducted in EBSCOadmin to enhance the user experience. Curious to know what they are? Join in and find out!
To register, click here Session #313 300 544

Friday, May 4, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
My Favorite Features in 15 Minutes: Explora
Research is made easier with Explora, EBSCO’s kid-friendly interfaces. We’ll talk about Topic Overviews and what resources can be searched in the different interfaces (in case you didn’t know, there’s an interface for elementary school and another for secondary schools.) These are great resources for parents in your community that are home-schooling their kids!
To register, click here Session #313 135 638

Click here to register for live sessions or view recorded sessions.

TEACHING BOOKS ONLINE TRAINING SCHEDULE – 2017-18

Supporting Homeschoolers
Date: Friday, January 12, 2018. 10:00-11:00 AM CST

Strengthen cross curricular literacy initiatives using instructional examples that explore strategies to supplement your current lessons.

Click here to register
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Exploring Instructional Uses
Date: Friday, January 26, 2018. 10:00-11:00 AM CST

Strengthen cross curricular literacy initiatives using instructional examples that explore strategies to supplement your current lessons.

Click here to register
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STEM/NF/MakerSpace
Date: Monday, February 12, 2018. 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Discover online materials to deepen connections and support programming focused on non-fiction, STEM and MakerSpace themed books and booklists.

Click here to register
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Enhance Summer Reading Programs
Date: Thursday March 8, 2018. 10:00-11:00 AM CST

Strengthen cross curricular literacy initiatives using instructional examples that explore strategies to supplement your current lessons.

Click here to register
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Biographical Info: Author Study Help
Date: Monday, March 26, 2018. 3:00-4:00 PM CST

Provide primary source author content, including movies and interviews, to support student research during Author Study assignments

Click here to register
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View Past Teaching Books Webinars Here!

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NEW Text Content in Learning Express

LearningExpress will be releasing content updates on January 11,2018, included are new prep materials for the TExES tests.

LearningExpress Content Updates, January 2018

Updated ACT® Math and English Tests
• Updated to reflect the recent reporting category changes to the official ACT® Math and ACT® English Tests.

Updated ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC Practice Tests (All Platforms)
• Updated to reflect ACT’s recent overhaul of the three NCRC WorkKeys Assessments in Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents.

Updated Border Patrol Agent Practice Entrance Exams
• Updated to reflect the recent changes implemented by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

New TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (291) Practice Tests
• Complete prep for Texas’s TExES Core Subjects EC-6 (291) educator assessments

New PCAT® Practice Tests
• For the latest version of the official Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT®)

New ExCPT Practice Tests
• Based on the new test plan for the NHA’s official Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) releasing on February 17, 2018.

New IELTS Practice Tests
• For the General Training and Academic versions of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

New POST (National Police Officer Selection Test) Practice Tests
• To help law enforcement candidates prepare for the official test

New “Basics” Biology and Chemistry Tutorials
• In depth tutorials focused on teaching the key biology and chemistry concepts students need for classes or to prepare for an allied health or nursing program entrance exam.

New Developmental Math Practice Sets
• Ten more sets at different levels in Data, Graphs, & Statistics; Integers; Measurement; and Real Numbers

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ProQuest Ebook Central Accessibility

ProQuest’s Ebook Central has updated accessibility enhancements to meet Level AA of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

With ProQuest Ebook Central, accessibility and usability are key priorities. ProQuest wants to empower all researchers so they can achieve better learning and research outcomes.

Many patrons, such as those who are blind or visually impaired, will benefit from ProQuest’s accessibility enhancements that make pages easier to navigate and read. Also, accessibility mode can be enabled by the patron with their screen reader – no librarian or tech support needed – ensuring they get immediate access to the content they need for success.

Designed to meet Level AA of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and Section 503 of the US Rehabilitation Act, Ebook Central promotes simplified access to all patrons with features such as:
• Screen reader support (JAWS and VoiceOver) for reading the contents of a web or ebook reader page aloud.
• Browser magnification to increase the entire screen and make content more visible.
• Keyboard navigation so that pages can be negotiated without the use of a mouse.
• Interface colors that meet AA standards for contrast and background colors that may be inverted.
• Font colors that may be changed in downloaded PDFs.
For more information, please download our Ebook Central datasheet or view our Ebook Central accessibility demo video.

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