This was also sent to the KASL listserv earlier this month.
Welcome back to school everyone! Here is an overview of webinars and other database information from the summer, and a refresher on how to link to the statewide databases (and get help from us).
Trainers focused on showing Common Core connections and how you would use these resources as an educator. We knew you were not in the office, but doing these sessions over the summer meant they would be available at your convenience.
Kansas History Database
Gale trainer Dinah Ramirez spoke on using the primary source documents to align with Common Core.
EBSCO for Schools
Trainer Lisa Jones went over NoveList, Literary Reference Center, and the EBSCOhost databases best for school libraries (Primary Search, Middle Search, MAS Ultra), highlighting the Common Core materials along the way.
- Recording / Archive of Training
- EBSCO Training Site Join or watch in-depth EBSCO trainings on a specific database, watch the short video tutorials, find training sheets. You can use a lot of these tutorials and training sheets direct with teachers and students.
- History Reference Center Video Tutorial Lisa did not show this database during the session, but she really recommends it for schools. A wealth of primary source information.
- NoveList Common Core Resources Videos How to do school specific searches in NoveList.
Britannica for Schools
Trainer Jennifer Keating went over each of the school editions of Britannica, which have just been redesigned. Common Core connections and teacher materials were highlighted. Teacher login to My Britannica includes the ability to make lesson plans and save materials/reading lists which can be promoted with a project-specific link.
Accessing the Statewide Databases – Options
- Link to a State Library database page. You can choose which you prefer—the main page, the version for Middle-High School, or Elementary.
- Link directly to select databases from your website.
- Direct connection with vendor. This is the option that will allow you to get statistics specific to your library.
Click here for details on any of these options.
Common Access Problem: The database links worked last year, but not now.
These links work by seeing that your IP address is in Kansas. If your school switched internet providers or your internet provider made large changes over the summer, you may be registering as out of state. This can be fixed! Get this information from your IT department and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org :
- IP address range
- name of internet service provider
Kansas Library Cards
- Misplaced your instructions or login information to create Kansas Library Cards? Email email@example.com – be sure to provide your school name and/or USD number if this is not in your email signature.
- Need more blank KSLCs? Print your own as needed on whatever paper or cardstock you want.
Why would you need to make a KSLC for a student or teacher?
- Patron’s internet service provider registers outside of Kansas—patron can access the databases from kslc.org instead.
- Patron wants to use a service that requires a personal account login, like the statewide ebooks service 3M Cloud Library.
Please feel free to call the State Library or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org . We also have screensharing software that would allow us to do a demonstration for you, or even view your computer screen to help with any problems or setup.