ProQuest Online Training: Military Database (Sci/Tech Collection)

This webinar will provide an overview of the Military database which is part of the Science and Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.
For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2N1r53s
Presenter: Arta Kabashi
Cost: FREE

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TeachingBooks.net: Bring Books to Life!

From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists, get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences.

Agenda:

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

Learning Objective: Discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books.

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ProQuest Online Training: Natural Science Databases (Sci/Tech Collection)

This webinar will provide an overview of the Natural Science collection: Agricultural and Environmental Science Database, Biology Science Database, and Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database‎ which are part of the Science & Technology collection in the ProQuest Platform.
For more information and to register, visit: https://bit.ly/2N1r53s
Presenter: Arta Kabashi
Cost: FREE

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New Gale Resources from TexShare


Tune into one of our live webinars to hear all about your new TexShare resources from Gale!
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students and patrons research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, making voting decisions, and more.
ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. This product contains more than 50 years of information provided in step-by-step procedures. Work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience. Also includes ASE test prep!
Join us to learn how to make the most of these resources in your library! (A recording will be available for those who can’t attend.)
For more information and to register, visit:https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/847284052095912451
Presenter: Stacey Knibloe
Cost: FREE

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New Gale Resources from TexShare

Tune into one of our live webinars to hear all about your new TexShare resources from Gale!
Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration. Opposing Viewpoints in Context helps students and patrons research, analyze and organize a broad variety of data for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, making voting decisions, and more.
ChiltonLibrary provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. This product contains more than 50 years of information provided in step-by-step procedures. Work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience. Also includes ASE test prep!
Join us to learn how to make the most of these resources in your library! (A recording will be available for those who can’t attend.)
For more information and to register, visti: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/753547387293056771
Presenter: Stacey Knibloe
Cost: FREE

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LearningExpress Plus Workshop (TSLAC workshop-Austin)

Join us for a tour of LearningExpress Library Plus; the interactive, online-learning platform that provides the most comprehensive selection of resources for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation and career advancement. We will review the user interface and key platform features including our robust practice tests and score reports, interactive tutorials, and extensive guidance.
CE Credit: 3 TSLAC CE hours
Cost: FREE!
Presenter: Shana Ashwood Viala is EBSCO’s lead trainer for Learning Express

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/ebscolearningexpress
Please read our registration details and privacy statement

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TeachingBooks.net: Bring Books to Life!

From videos filmed in authors’ studios, lesson plans, book trailers, and vocabulary lists, get ready to access resources that will expand students reading experiences.

Agenda:

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

Learning Objective: Discover online materials to engage and deepen connections to books.

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TexShare Databases Program FY19 FAQ

Quotes for the SFY2019 TexShare Databases Participation Fee were distributed by email to TexShare library directors and Databases contacts on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. If you did not receive a quote, please check your spam or junk folder. Requests for quotes can be sent to texshare@tsl.texas.gov.

We know you have questions about the invoicing process and about the TexShare Databases Program. We’ve prepared some information below, but please let us know if you need anything other information.

Invoicing

  1. Fee amounts. Fee amounts for most institutions increased for FY19 by up to 10%. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission received a cut in state funding of 4% for FY18 and FY19, the majority of which is being taken by our electronic resources programs, resulting in a cut of approximately $775,000 for each year of the biennium. As a result, in May 2018 the TexShare Advisory Board approved increases in TexShare Databases Participation fees of up to 10%, the maximum allowed under our new formula. This will help to minimize losses in content, though we do expect to have to cancel some resources next fiscal year.
  2. Dates. The following schedule is included for your reference. Please be aware that dates are subject to change.
Date Activity
August 31, 2018 TexShare Participation Fee invoices distributed by email.
October 1, 2018 Reminder emails sent to institutions whose fees have not been received.
October 31, 2018 Participation fees due. Institutions who wish to protest the amount of their fees must submit an appeal by October 31, as well.
November 2018 TexShare Advisory Board meets to review appeals.
December 17, 2018 Institutions that have not paid are removed from program.
  1. Sole source. The TexShare Databases Participation Fee is a membership fee assessed once per fiscal year. It is not a subscription nor a license fee. Sole source letters are available upon request.
  2. Vendor information. Your purchasing departments may require certain vendor information, such as an IRS form W-9, request for taxpayer identification number and certification. We will do our best to complete such forms upon request and return them to you within 5 business days. Some forms request data that we are unable to provide. Again, we will let you know within five business days if we are unable to provide the information requested.
  3. Solicitation. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission will not respond to solicitations posted by TexShare member institutions. If your purchasing department requires that all resources be procured through a competitive bidding process, please have them contact us so that we can explain the program.

TexShare electronic resources

  1. New resources. We are waiting for contracts to be signed for the new resources that will be included in the TexShare Databases Program beginning July 1, 2018. The list of resources is available at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/databasecontractlistfy2019.html. Once contracts are signed, we will distribute information to help with implementation of new content, such as links to EZproxy stanzas and base URLs. In the meantime, please do not contact vendors with questions about implementation. Under state purchasing rules, vendors are not allowed to begin working on implementing the new resources until the contracts have been signed. You may be contacted by vendors asking your institution to license additional or upgraded versions of the resources. We suggest that you wait until the TexShare contracts have been signed before considering new subscriptions.
  2. Canceled resources. Some resources will not be continued past July 1. These include the literature resources available from Gale. Much of the content in these resources was found to be duplicative with content in our EBSCO package. Other canceled resources will be announced later in the year. Please be aware that we DO plan to include a genealogy resource, although it will have to be re-solicited this fall.
  3. Accessibility. All resources included in the TexShare Databases Program have been tested by TSLAC and are considered WCAG 2.0 compliant at the AA level. Once new contracts are in place, we expect to make vendor VPATs and our testing reports available to our members. We take accessibility very seriously, and we are requiring vendors to make all training and reporting compliant with ADA requirements as soon as possible.
  4. Security and Privacy. We have received information about our vendors regarding their security and privacy policies, particularly in terms of how they store and use personally identifiable information such as usernames and passwords. We require that all sensitive information be encrypted and that there be systems in place to protect patron information. Patrons may already have begun receiving notices of updated privacy policies, required under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will audit vendor security and privacy from time to time to ensure compliance with state requirements and general best practices. If you require this information to be on file for your institution as well, please contact us.
  5. Training. We expect to have training for new and continuing resources beginning in August 2018. As before, we will have a mix of face to face and online training. Please watch for announcements about available courses and webinars!
  6. TexSelect. We did not receive offers for resources for the TexSelect program starting July 1. We intend to post a new solicitation specifically for TexSelect discounts soon. In the meantime, please be aware that any discounts you receive on electronic resources available through TexSelect will end on June 31, 2018. You can check the list of TexSelect resources at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/texselect.html to see if you receive a discount; note that resources offered by our partners, Amigos and SCELC, are not affected by this issue.
  7. Authentication. As you may have heard, the TexShare Databases menu page at http://www.libraryoftexas.org/texshare will be taken down as of August 31, 2018. This page does not meet our current accessibility, security, and privacy requirements. Beginning July 1, we will have new authentications services for institutions that do not maintain systems such as EZproxy or OpenAthens or other forms of authentication. These services will be provided by Gale and by a new vendor, Credo Reference. In addition, we will work with individual members, e-resources vendors, and OPAC/ILS vendors where possible to ensure that every TexShare member institution has a secure method to allow patrons to access TexShare electronic resources. Guides for transitioning from the TexShare menu page to a new system will be available on or around July 1.

To get the latest news about TexShare, the TexShare Databases Program, and other programs and services from the TexShare State Library and Archives Commission, please subscribe to the TexShare-Users email list at http://lists.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/texshare-users. Also be sure to follow our blogs, TexZine and Library Developments, which also include information about TexShare Programs and other topics of interest to the library community.

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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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