Go to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission YouTube channel and watch, link, or embed these videos to your web site! Developed in conjunction with the iSchool at the University of Texas at Austin, these videos have an emphasis on genealogy and medical resources.
The available videos are:
TexShare Databases: An Eggs-istential Question
Genealogy with TexShare: HeritageQuest Part 1
(follow links on YouTube for parts 2-4)
ProQuest provides a dynamic video full of photos and text showcasing the TexShare Databases. Download the executable file for the screensaver application. Select the Flash file for the video. The YouTube version (with sound) can be embedded on your library's website.
Public Library Version:
Screensaver install app (Windows)
See it on YouTube
Academic Library Version:
Screensaver install app (Windows)
See it on YouTube
Printable TexShare Handouts - Databases, Card and Library of Texas
These colorful handouts can be printed and given to patrons to spread the word about your services. Give them out at library and community functions.
Texas Group Catalog - Interlibrary Loan Service
Download these table tents and inform patrons about your interlibrary loan services right next to the computers or on the tables.
Reach Beyond the Library Walls: Meeting Consumer Information Needs
Answer consumer questions with the TexShare Databases! Print out the handout below as a guide to the consumer information that is available on TexShare, frequently asked consumer questions, and reliable consumer web sites.
Consumer Information Handout - PDF file
Open House Materials
Use these customizable materials made in Word format to plan and prepare for a library Open House. These documents were passed out to attendees of the "Breakfast Bytes with TexShare: Take a Bite at Our Model Open House" presentation at the 2008 Texas Library Association Conference.
Top Ten Reasons TexShare is Better for Research Than The Internet
Download and print the top ten reasons users should use the TexShare online resources instead of the Internet for research. Top Ten List (Word Format)
Communication Plan Workbook
The TexShare Communication Working Group was formed in July 2004 to enable TexShare member libraries to more effectively market their resources and services by providing customizable tools and information about communication strategies. The Working Group, in partnership with Texas State Library and Archives Commission staff, produced this workbook to provide libraries with a customizable guide to develop and implement a marketing plan.
Library Instruction Materials: Online Database Searching Guides and Other Resources
Unlock the maximum benefit of the TexShare Databases and sharpen research skills by utilizing the online search guides and tutorials provided here.
* See the FAQ for downloadable fact sheets here: www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/lefaq.html
EBSCO Research Databases Services
Links to supporting materials provided by EBSCO.
Reference and User Guide
Guided Tutorials -- EBSCO
Link to macromedia flash tutorials for EBSCOhost, EBACOadmin, and Product-Specific tutorials. They provide audio narration with matching text to guide users on how to make the most of EBSCO's most popular features. 3-4 minutes for each tutorial.
- EBSCOhost Tutorial - Sandhills Community College, NC
TexShare Gale Web site
Gale provides a full-service Web page specifically for Texas libraries. Navigation guides, guided tours, search tips, and much more are ready to be downloaded. Also included is a link to tips on marketing the resources at your library.
- Guided Tours -- GALE Link to audio narrative macromedia flash tutorials. They not interactive but allow users to control the speed of the tour. Good visual presentation.
OCLC - ProQuest
Using OCLC FirstSearch interface -- OCLC
This customer support material in PDF format provides handout or brief material for viewing, navigating and exporting tips and instructions. Can be used for WorldCat instruction.
- Support Materials from ProQuest
- HeritageQuest Search Guide
Powerpoint Promoting Library Online Services
- Uncloaking Your Electronic Collections - Download the presentation by Lesley Williams
TexShare Resources Supplied by Vendor Websites
The TexShare Gale Web site provides a full-service Web page specifically for Texas libraries. Navigation guides, guided tours, search tips, and much more are ready to be downloaded. Also included is a link to tips on marketing the resources at your library. Gale's new ProMo site allows you to choose promotional materials with your library's name and message to be sent directly from our printer to you. Create the materials you use most, including bookmarks, posters, tent cards, and more, with your library's branding, all for FREE. A User Name (enter Gale and your account number) and a Password (just your account number) are needed.
The TexShare EBSCO Web site is proud to provide materials offered to help individual Texas libraries gain exposure for their database services. Items sponsored through the Texas State Library & Archives, Texas Education Agency, TexShare, and EBSCO.
ProQuest's new Public Library Marketing Toolkit helps promote awareness and usage of your library's online resources. Download the free tools! The kit contains a handy how-to guide; bookmarks; customizable, age-appropriate posters and fliers; digital commercials, with or without sound; sample database descriptions you can use on your Web site; and links to training and support resources for you, your library staff, and your patrons.