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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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EBSCO Library Resources Onsite Training for TexShare

Need to take a deeper dive into the LearningExpress Library platform? Come to our “Train the Trainer” workshop. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own devices, though computers will be available.

Dates and Locations

Wednesday, February 7, 2017 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 am registration): El Paso Community College, Rio Grande Campus
Thursday, February 8, 2017– 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 registration): Austin, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Friday, February 9, 2017 — 9 am to 12 pm (8:30 registration): Angelina College (Lufkin)
Technology and Workforce Development Center Building
Lisa Dennis will cover DIY Resources for Public Library Patrons, provided by TexShare and EBSCO.

You’ve got lots of DIY resources for your library patrons and in this session, we’ll explore them all! From Home Improvement to Hobbies & Crafts and Small Engine Reference Centers, your patrons will have step-by-step repair instructions and craft ideas at their fingertips. Want “how-to” instruction on legal or small business issues? Look no further than Legal Information and Small Business Reference Centers! And finally, speaking of exploring, join us as we tour Explora, the graphical interface for not only your adult patrons, but for the young researcher as well!

Learning Objectives:

Locate specific how-to instructions on a variety of home repair topics
Inspire patrons with craft ideas and holiday projects
Find related information for small engine machinery, maintenance and repair
Create a variety of legal documents
Access business plans that lead to successful funding for small business owners
Identify and recommend different Explora interfaces by age group
Describe the benefits of a My EBSCOhost Folder to patrons

CE Credit: 3 TSLAC CE hours

Cost: FREE!

Registration page: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/ebscolearningexpress

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The Boy Who Invented TV and More from TeachingBooks.net

Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday in November World Television Day is November 21st, learn about author Kathleen Krull’s interest in Philo Farnsworth.

Locate & feature events, titles, lists, and resources easily with the Literary Calendar.

Don’t forget to celebrate Charles M. Schulz’ birthday on November 26.

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New Authentication Options Available for Gale Resources

As digital demands continue to rise, the emphasis on connecting remote users to electronic resources becomes all the more important. Gale is proud to offer additional authentication capabilities, eliminating the need for multiple logins. Enjoy single sign-on access to your Gale products through popular services like Google, Microsoft, ClassLink, and Clever. Visit their blog to read informative FAQs.

In addition, your library can now customize your Gale login page to include your library website, phone number or email address. By doing this, they can facilitate communication between your remote users and people at your library that can help.

Enabling the service is fast, easy, and free. Contact Gale Technical Support and they will walk you through the process.

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Customized booklist for children’s resources at the Texas Book Festival

Every November Austin welcomes 50,00 people to the beautiful grounds of the State Capitol to celebrate books and the love of reading.

The Texas Book Festival is a free event open to the public, and will be held the weekend of November 4-5, 207. It is an amazing celebration of books and reading for all ages, with over 250 authors featured during the Festival.

One of TexShare’s vendors, TeachingBooks.net, has created a booklist just for the Texas Book Festival, full of informative resources on the Children’s and YA authors being featured at the festival. Featured authors include Lemony Snicket, Angie Thomas, Sarah Dessen, and more!

The Booklist includes:

  • 298 Videos
  • 378 Book Readings
  • 792 Lesson Plans
  • Total of 2354 resources

We hope you plan on attending the Festival and find this booklist useful!

 

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New Offer for TexShare/SCELC Partners! **EBSCO: Rosetta Stone Library Solutions**

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SCELC and EBSCO are offering significant discounts on Rosetta Stone Library Solutions to academic libraries. Through EBSCO’s partnership with Rosetta Stone, the Library Solution product includes level 1 lessons, learning tools, and mobile apps for 30 languages. The PLUS Library Solution includes all levels for each language (up to level 5 for common languages), and is designed to align libraries with ESL/World Language initiatives.

Eligibility: This offer is only available to new subscribers at academic institutions. Existing subscribers, corporate and medical institutions are not eligible. 

Pricing Good Until: December 15th, 2016

For full offer details, please visit http://scelc.org/offers/rosetta-stone-library-solutions

Please contact: Carly Ryan :Offers@scelc.org for more information.

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New Offers for TexShare/SCELC Partners!

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SCELC has many offers for TexShare eligible libraries from now until the end of 2016. New offers are being added featuring vendors who will be attending SCELCapalooza. What’s SCELCapalooza? It’s SCELC’s annual vendor conference featuring vendors, demos, bowling and lots and lots of great offers for SCELC members.

For more info about current SCELC offers visit:

http://scelc.org/offers

or contact:

offers@scelc.org

 

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Announcing New Resources in LearningExpress Library

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New resources will be added to LearningExpress Library in the first quarter of 2016. Here are the highlights:

Test Prep for the New 2016 SAT Test

Sixteen (16) practice tests and five (5) test preparation tutorials will be added to the College Preparation Center for the new SAT test. It includes an “Introduction to the 2016 SAT” tutorial, and a tutorial and four (4) practice exams each for the Reading, Writing and Language, Math, and Essay test sections. Practice tests will be available on February 1, followed by the tutorials in late March.

New ACT and AP Practice Tests

Sixteen (16) newly revised ACT practice tests covering English, reading, math, and science were added to meet the latest official test specifications. Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics practice exams are now available and there are new AP European History exams to match the spring 2016 test redesign. All are in the College Preparation Center.

New Career Center  Resources

WorkKeys assessments include two new test subjects. Applied Technology and Business Writing, with two (2) full-length practice exams for each. Practice exams for the new Praxis II: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018) test were also added.

New eBooks

The eBook collection has been enhanced with Medical Assistant Flash Review, MCAT:Power Practice, and new editions of EMT Flash Review, Firefighter Exam, and College Placement Math Success in 20 Minutes a Day.

MARC Records

MARC records are available to help your patrons easily discover LearningExpress resources. New files will be available in mid-January. Access them through the “Librarian Resources” link on your LearningExpress Library homepage and update your records.

If you have any questions, please contact Customer Support at  support@ebsco.com.

For a complete list of these additions and other changes, click Product Update.

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