HeritageQuest Gets a New Look


One Week to Go!
HeritageQuest Online, Powered by Ancestry

On March 4, HeritageQuest® Online’s interface will automatically be getting a new look!

The new interface, powered by Ancestry, will result in a number of updates that will make the product easier for your genealogy patrons to use.

How can you prepare? Five Easy Steps.

Step 1: Go about your research as usual. The switch to the new version of HeritageQuest Online will occur on March 4 and will be automatic. And, all existing authentication methods will remain in place and intact.

Step 2: Let your patrons know! If they’ve used Ancestry in the past, this interface will have a similar look and feel! From the user-friendly home page to cool and helpful features such as new Research Aids and interactive Census Maps, it’s a whole new, refreshing experience.

Step 3: Stay informed. Visit http://go.proquest.com/HQO_Update/ for more details about the upcoming conversion and the new content being added.

Step 4: Check out the upcoming training schedule and register for a class. Sessions start on February 27.

Step 5: Forward this email to others in your institution, or subscribing partners who may be interested.

We’re excited about the upcoming changes and hope you are, too!




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ProQuest Service Alert


On February 28, 2015, ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of your products. The window is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and will last for five (5) hours. Regional times for this maintenance window are shown below:

  • Central Standard Time (CST): Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. for five (5) hours

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:

  • Research databases
    • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
    • ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)
    • ProQuest Dialog (search.proquest.com/professional)
    • Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
    • CultureGrams
    • eLibrary (all editions)
    • ProQuest Digital Microfilm
    • ProQuest Obituaries
    • ProQuest Research Companion
    • SIRS (all editions)
  • Dissertation publishing
    • ProQuest/UMI ETD Administrator
  • Reference management/Research support tools
    • RefWorks
    • COS Funding Opportunities
    • COS Scholar Universe
  • Bibliographic and catalog enrichment resources
    • Books in Print®
    • LibraryThing for Libraries™
    • ProQuest Syndetic Solutions™

ProQuest apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact ProQuest Technical Support (tsupport@proquest.com) if you have questions or need assistance.

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Gale to Improve GVRL Platform


On April 2, 2015, a number of enhancements will be released to GVRL (including Twayne’s Authors OnlineScribner Writers Online and Genealogy Connect) and all resources within the InfoTrac and In Context families, including the PowerSearch platform.

These enhancements are designed to:

Increase accessibility for those with disabilities like low vision or blindness

  • Improve usability for both desktop and mobile researchers
  • Create a common user experience across some of our most popular resources

These changes are primarily aesthetic in nature and will not affect the features and functionality of the resources.

Infographic  explains the value of these changes to libraries and end-users.

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Celebrate Texas History Month with Adam Matthew



To celebrate Texas History Month  Adam Matthew presents a new 30 minute training webinar.  This free webinar is a tour of The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures databases.

Dates and Times:

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015: 1pm-1:30pm (CT)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015: 12pm-12:30pm (CT)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015: 11am-11:30am (CT)

Register for this training and please contact Alex Butler if you have questions about the training.

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Important Update HeritageQuest


Coming March 4, 2015!
HeritageQuest® Online, powered by Ancestry

Important changes to HeritageQuest Online are coming in March.

What does this mean for you?

This HeritageQuest Online transition to a new Ancestry interface will happen automatically—no changes will need to be made by you or your library on the transition date. The new version will result in a number of improvements that will make it easier to use, add new content, and help streamline the research process for genealogists.

For more details about the upcoming conversion, visit http://go.proquest.com/HQO_Update/.

Summary of key changes

  • Access: The conversion to the new version will be automatic.  No changes will need to be made by libraries.
  • Authentication: All existing authentication methods will remain in place and intact, including static IP address, referring URL, barcode, and embedded username and password.
  • Browser Requirements: HeritageQuest Online will be optimized to perform best on current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 or newer (we recommend IE 11+).
  • Content Enhancements: Including complete U.S. Federal Census 1790-1940 with images and every-name indexes for all decades, and much more.
  • Enhanced functionality: All-new image viewer with grayscale or color images.

Visit http://go.proquest.com/HQO_Update/ for the latest updates.

Feel free to forward this email to others in your institution, or subscribing partners who may be interested.

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New EBSCOpost


EBSCO is committed to serving the needs of the library community, and their latest endeavor is no different. EBSCO is launching a site to help the community stay informed about what is taking place in the rapidly evolving and increasingly complex world of libraries — the EBSCOpost blog.

You can start reading the blog at www.ebsco.com/blog. EBSCOpost will be highlighting the latest EBSCO developments and resources, but it will also be a place to hear the perspectives of some of the dedicated EBSCO employees, partners and customers on library news, trends, issues, advancements and technological innovations.

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New Offer for TexShare/SCELC Partners! **Altmetric for Institutions** (Order Forms due March 30, 2014)



Digital Science and SCELC are pleased to offer Altmetric for Institutions: a new product designed to track, monitor and report on the broader impact of your institution’s research output.  This SCELC-only early adopter offer is available to institutions that begin a subscription by March 31, 2015, who will receive this additional discount through 2016, and SCELC has negotiated an additional pricing band, making Altmetric more affordable for teaching-focused institutions.

For more information please see:


Pricing information is hidden until you log in. Library staff from memberaffiliate and partner institutions can register for an account or request a new password using the Register link at the top right hand corner of every SCELC webpage.

Jason Price:

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OCLC System Upgrade

All services unavailable 3 January 2015 for technology upgrade

On Saturday, 3 January 2015, OCLC has scheduled a technology upgrade to support system performance and reliability. During this upgrade, all OCLC services will be unavailable on 3 January 2015, from 12:01 am to 3:00 pm, U.S. Eastern Standard Time (approximately 15 hours).

OCLC will notify members as services come back online following this upgrade; real-time System Alerts will be posted to the OCLC Support website throughout the day. Please contact OCLC’s Customer Support team should you have any questions prior to the migration.

While OCLC scheduled this maintenance event to occur during a slower time for many of their member libraries, they understand that this event still impacts many. OCLC apologizes in advance for any disruption to you and your users.

OCLC thanks you for your support.

OCLC is committed to the ongoing enhancement of their systems, infrastructure and processes, and will continue to advance their delivery to you.

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EBSCO Updates Spanish Language Content


EBSCO is discontinuing the Spanish-language database Economia y Negocios on December 31. This resource is currently part of the TexShare’s core database offerings.

As a replacement for TexShare member libraries, EBSCO will upgrade Fuente Academica, currently part of the TexShare core, to Fuente Academica Premier at no additional cost.

TexShare libraries that provide direct access to licensed resources will need to remove their Economia y Negocios link on or before December 31. Additionally, access to Fuente Academica Premier will require an updated URL:


Fuente Academica Priemier is a rapidly growing collection of scholarly journals from Latin America, Portugal and Spain, covering all major subject areas and designed to make academic research readily accessible in PDF format. Users enjoy relevant search results due to detailed abstracts in multiple languages and EBSCO’s comprehensive indexing of every article. Fuente Académica Premier offers the full text for more than 650 publications and 30 academic books from 18 countries. Fuente Académica Premier covers all major subject areas with particular emphasis on agriculture, biological sciences, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, public administration, religion and sociology. Continuously expanding archives include Boletín del CEMLA (1955 – present) and the complete backfile of Darwiniana, published since 1922.



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TexShare Training Calendar

See the complete list of currently-scheduled TexShare training webinars.

Archived TexShare training webinars are available here.

3/03/159amLiterature Resource CenterInfo/RegisterGale-Cengage
3/4/151pmOverview of Adam Matthew ResourcesInfo/RegisterAdam Matthew
3/10/1512pmOverview of Adam Matthew ResourcesInfo/RegisterAdam Matthew
3/12/151pmSearching Your Newspaper CollectionInfo/Register
3/25/1511amOverview of Adam Matthew ResourcesInfo/RegisterAdam Matthew
4/07/159amTake research farther with Twayne's Authors and Scribner Writers in ebook formatInfo/RegisterGale-Cengage
04/08/1511amDo it Yourself Home Improvement
and Small Engine Repair
05/05/151pmSummer Craft Ideas with Hobbies
and Crafts Reference Center
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