K-12 Databases Still Available as an Opt-in Program: EBSCO K-12 Reference Package and Britannica Online School Edition

K-12 Databases Still Available as an Opt-in Program: EBSCO K-12 Reference Package and Britannica Online School Edition offered through a partnership between the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Education Service Center, Region 20 (ESC-20).

State-negotiated pricing by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) for the online research resources from EBSCO Publishing and Britannica is available to all Texas K-12 public and public charter schools. The program provides more than 40 databases to schools throughout the state. Schools will be able to opt-in for 49 cents per student for EBSCO and 37 centers per student for Britannica.

Whiles state funding for the program is no longer available, the negotiated low per student fee has actually rolled prices back to the 2007 district cost for these same resources. An order form is available at: http://web.esc20.net/access.

Libraries currently subscribing to the EBSCO package through the state need to submit the form to ESC-20 before September 15th in order to arrange for the continued service without any interruption in current access. Logins will remain the same under the new opt-in program and packages may be ordered at the district level.

Director and Librarian of Texas State Library and Archives Commission Peggy Rudd says research knowledge and skills are required of students at all grade levels in Texas. “The K-12 databases are essential tools that support information literacy and give students the 21st Century skills they will need to prosper in school, the workforce, and life. These authoritative, reliable e-resources in the hands of talented teachers and librarians can nurture a lifelong love of learning and discovery in our children.”

The TexShare databases service from TSLAC provides high quality online resources for public and academic libraries, but cannot supply online database access to the K-12 libraries. Statutory eligibility requirements and the limited budget appropriated to TSLAC compared to the high cost of licensing statewide databases do not allow for the purchase of open access for all K-12 libraries in Texas. K-12 school librarians must purchase the K-12 databases for use by K-12 students on campus and at home. It would be counter to TexShare licensing agreements to use the databases for any activity that would normally be coordinated by or come under the purview of the K-12 librarian.

The EBSCO K-12 Reference Package available to K-12 campuses provides access to 36 research databases, a comprehensive collection of full-text reference resources along with professional development collections for educators plus age-appropriate interfaces such as: Student Research Center™, Searchasaurus™, Kids Search™, and EBSCOhost® .

The Britannica Online School Edition includes age-appropriate interfaces such as: Learning Zone, Britannica Elementary, Britannica Middle School, Britannica High School, Britannica Spanish Reference Center and Global Reference Center.

Schools subscribing to the K-12 Databases opt-in program will receive access to numerous outreach and training materials including a new Everyday Research in the Classroom teacher online course with accompanying Student Research Notebooks—elementary, middle school and high school.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Education Service Center Region 20 are proud to provide these high quality resources for the K-12 students of Texas. For more information, please email TexShare at texshare@tsl.texas.gov or ESC 20 at K12help@esc20.net.

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