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Texas State Library and Archives Commission

    Texas State Library and Archives Commission

    K-12 Public School Library Online Databases

    Fact Sheet October 12, 2007


In 2005, the Texas State Legislature passed Senate Bill 483, authorizing the Texas State

    Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to negotiate online database pricing on behalf

    of public school libraries.

TSLAC and Education Service Center, Region 20 partnered to meet the needs of the K-12

    library community. A general content database package was made available for K-12 public

    school libraries.

During the 2007 session, the Texas State Legislature added Rider 88 to the Texas Education

    Agency (TEA) budget. Rider 88 directs the Commissioner of Education to transfer amounts

    not to exceed $2.5 million in each year of the 2008-2009 biennium to TSLAC for the

    purpose of acquiring ―online research and information resources for libraries in public

    schools, and for administrative expenses."

The provisions of TEA Rider 88:

    ? Funds are to come from TEA’s technology allotment.

    ? The funding amount shall not exceed $2.5 million per year.

    ? TEA will enter into an interagency contract to transfer funds to TSLAC.

Current status of implementation

TSLAC and TEA have formed a partnership to purchase electronic resources for K-12

    public school libraries in Texas.

With the recommendation and approval of an advisory group of school library professionals

    (See for the roster), the partnership

    has built an online database package consisting of EBSCO general content resources and an

    encyclopedia. The package contains full-text reference materials covering topics pertaining

    to K-12 curriculum for all Texas public schools.

Members of a Transition Task Force subcommittee, whose roster includes professional

    members from the K-12 library community, Barry Bishop, JoAnn Van Schaik, Susan

    Touchstone, Carolyn McCown, Laura Alfaro, and Russlene Waukechon selected the

    Encyclopedia Britannica based on content and interface evaluations in addition to comments

    from the K-12 school library community made during statewide trials.

The Britannica Online School Edition includes search screens customizable for each grade

    level, or all the content from each section can be searched at once to see results for students

    at every level. Encyclopedia Britannica contains content for high school students and up,

    while Compton’s Encyclopedia is for middle school students and up and Britannica

    Elementary is for elementary students and up. The encyclopedia selection announcement is

    online at

    Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Library Resource Sharing Division October 12, 2007

Public school libraries can explore and use the Encyclopedia Britannica at e-mail to for login and password information) until December 1,

    2007. After December 1, the encyclopedia will be part of the K-12 database package. After this date, public school libraries that have activated their databases account will be able to

    access the online encyclopedia.

Features of the Encyclopedia Britannica package includes:

    ? Britannica Online School Edition (Britannica Elementary Encyclopedia, Compton's

    Encyclopedia by Britannica, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Britannica Concise

    Encyclopedia). Includes Index, A-Z Browse, Subject Browse, World Atlas,

    Timelines, and Video Browse.

    ? Britannica Spanish-language Resources (Enciclopedia Juvenil, Enciclopedia

    Universal en Espanol).

    ? Britannica Global Reference Center (Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Japan,

    Britannica Online Korea, Britannica Chinese Pocket Encyclopedia, Encyclopaedia

    Universalis French).

    ? Britannica will also provide a strong training program and support for Texas

    curriculum (TEKS).

    ? Britannica includes over 34,000 photos, illustrations, maps and other images; over

    3,300 video and media pieces; a dictionary with audio pronunciations; and over 500

    student learning materials and teacher resources for all levels.

The EBSCO general content databases are available to all Texas public school libraries now.

    The Encyclopedia Britannica becomes part of the online package by December 1, 2007. For

    information on the encyclopedia selection process, go to

To activate access to the K-12 Databases, please complete and return the activation form at Once the ESC 20 K-12 Help Desk

    receives the activation form, login information will be sent via email.

No fee will be charged to qualifying public schools to access the database package.

For a list of the EBSCO general content databases available in the package, please go to

Funding for the database package, technical support, and training comes from TEA’s

    technology allotment budget. Specific information on enrollment procedures, training

    opportunities, and other announcements will be shared on the TexShare, TEA, and the TLC

    electronic mailing lists. Information will also be available on the TexShare, TEA and ESC

    20 Web sites at:

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Library Resource Sharing Division October 12, 2007

Who qualifies for the program

To qualify for the TSLAC / TEA program (from TSLAC’s administrative rules (13 TAC

    ??8.1 8.5):

    ? A library must be part of a public school (accredited under Education Code

    Subchapter D Accreditation Status (??39.071-39.076))

    ? The school must have a public school libraryan organized collection of printed,

    audiovisual and/or computer resources in a public school or public school

    campus (elementary or secondary). A public school library makes resources and

    services available to all students, teachers, and administrators.

    ? The public school library must be managed by or report to a certified school

    librarian or other certified staff member in the public school or on the public

    school campus.

For more information

? Questions and comments on the program may be sent to the following:

    K-12 Database Consultant

    Texas State Library and Archives Commission


? For technical support contact:

    Education Service Center, Region 20


Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Library Resource Sharing Division October 12, 2007

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